At around 3am Sydney time, YouTube went down:
Google's monkeys are still slaving away at it as I write this. And it looks like it's just affecting Australia:
For future reference, if you've got a box outside Australia with ssh access, you can always quickly set up a proxy like so:
ssh -D 1337 email@example.com
This sets up a SOCKS proxy on localhost (your own computer) at port 1337 (substitute port number to taste) - then simply point your browser at it. With this, I verified that the YouTube outage at the very least didn't affect the United States, by ssh-ing into nointrigue.com, which is hosted in the US.
Related post from a while ago: Silverhawks: Getting around content restrictions. (Using
-D with ssh is easier than the method with Privoxy mentioned in that post, though.)
Happy Australia Day.