[ih] Arpanet physical connectors

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Thu Jul 23 20:41:32 PDT 2020

> IMHO, part of the History of the Internet involves the History of the
> Mundane - like connectors and lines.

At the first technical meeting of all the vendors involved with building 
MCI Mail -- national packet net and dial-in and printers all over the 
country -- on an aggressive schedule, Vint began by citing the scheduled 
public demonstration, 6 months hence.

He firmly declared that we would meet it.  He paused and then said "but 
if we don't -- but we will -- but if we don't -- it will be because of a 
problem with a connector.

Around 3 or 4 am, the day of the public demo, we had a showstopping 
problem.  Mad effort to fix it.  When it was finally diagnosed, it was a 


Dave Crocker
Brandenburg InternetWorking

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