[ih] Arpanet physical connectors
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
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