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Totally Tubular

The nuts and bolts and cables of the Internet.

Dec 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 14 • By JAMES BOLOGNA
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So much for the reviewer’s perquisite of a new volume for my bookshelf, though: I read this book entirely in electronic format, having downloaded it to my Kindle, tablet, and smartphone. As I flipped the “pages” of the e-book on the subway, I got to wondering which data center had housed my copy: Was it in Oregon? California? Nearby at Amazon’s servers in Ashburn? Tubes, which makes a valiant effort to transform the intangible world of the Internet into a concrete thing and place, had become, itself, an intangible resident of the web. 

James Bologna is a writer in Washington.