I did a traceroute on your birthday party location. Is your address 192.168.0.1 Main street?
Many of us use tabbed browsers on desktops that run 24/7 with a facebook tab open.
I can get my webcam to work with this workaround
However no with no microphone this is no fun. (tested on stickam and ustream)
Unfortunately yoville and farmville are working nicely (though they crash with a right click.
This sounds like a very serious problem.
In other news 1.02 Billion people on the planet (roughly 15%) do not know when they will get their next meal.
Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.