[ih] The Xerox Networking "Information Outlet" wall plug

the keyboard of geoff goodfellow geoff at iconia.com
Thu Jul 9 20:00:22 PDT 2020

john, vis-a-vis "bringing back memories.":

yours truly recalls that during "that era" Xerox had a TV commercial
running on [XNS?] networking that featured "An Information Outlet" of an
[coax BNC connector?  RJ-45? 10 Mbit/s?] Ethernet connection as a "wall
plug type thing."

yours truly once heard that you had managed to obtain/"rip the outlet" of
said "Information Outlet" from the set for which said TV commercial was

the question for you is:
1. is this true?
2. whatever happened to the said "Information Outlet"?

[am hoping it is on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View,or
perhaps "in use" at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle? :D]

vis-a-vis Louie's Hsi Nan potstickers: yours truly would like to call
y'alls summary attention to the best modern day equivalent:

*Annie Chung's*
{Chicken & Vegetable, Pork & Vegetable, Shiitake & Vegetable} Potstickers
most likely available at a local health food store near you:

indeed those were Very Good Times,


On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 3:48 PM *John Shoch via Internet-history
<internet-history at elists.isoc.org <internet-history at elists.isoc.org>>

> Vint C. and Dave C.,
> Thanks for your nice mention of our networking work at PARC.
> Jack H., et al.,
> In the early internetworking days there was a reasonable amount of
> interaction between PARC and Stanford:
> --At various times, both Bob M. and I sat in on Vint's classes or meetings
> at Stanford.
> --I spent the summer of 1976 (the bicentennial) working in Washington DC,
> and got to visit Vint C. and Bob K. at ARPA, in Va.
> --PARC had a nominal ARPA contract, which allowed us to have an IMP.  The
> ARPA connections led to us participating in the TCP meetings -- Vint was
> very gracious and welcoming.
> --Some of it is documented in various TCP and Internet Experiment Notes
> (IENs) -- meetings we attended, use of the PRNET, etc., etc.
> --It is correct that we had some constraints on what we could say about the
> specific PUP design and implementation.  But we were able to take part in
> discussions about broader internetworking issues.
> --For example, in our contribution of IEN 20 on internetwork fragmentation,
> we wrote about alternate strategies, and then about picking one: "...our
> current attitude is based on instinct, some experience....."  We sure hoped
> everyone would get the hint.....
>  https://www.rfc-editor.org/ien/ien20.pdf
> --Ron Crane and Yogen Dalal, who had worked with Vint at Stanford, later
> came to Xerox (actually SDD, not PARC).
> Vint, those were good times.
> John Shoch
> PS:  It's almost dinner time here, and the discussion of Louis Kao's pot
> stickers is really bringing back memories.
> --After Hsi Nan, in Town and Country, Louis (Louie) ran a restaurant in
> Menlo Park, one on Univ. Ave. in Palo Alto, a Foster's Freeze on El Camino,
> and later a restaurant in San Mateo.  I followed him to all of these, if
> only for the pot stickers (and kung pao chicken).
> --Some of you may recall Louis and Sandra's son, who was often in the
> restaurant.  I'm told he has opened restaurants in the E. Bay, but I have
> not yet been able to visit.....pork dumplings are on the menu.
> http://www.noodletheory.com/
Geoff.Goodfellow at iconia.com
living as The Truth is True

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