[TUHS] TUHS Digest, Vol 14, Issue 63

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Jan 17 05:21:12 AEST 2017


It is pretty stunning that the company that had the largest network
in the world (the phone system of course) didn't get packet switching
at all.  I dunno how Bell Labs was allowed to do all that great work
with management that clueless, that's a minor (major?) miracle right
there.

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 11:17:09AM -0800, Steve Johnson wrote:
> This comment reminded me of an internal talk I attended at Bell
> Labs.?? It had the single most powerful slide I've ever seen in a
> talk.?? It was a talk about internal networking, and the slide looked
> like your standard network diagram -- lots of circles with lots of
> lines connecting them.?? The computation centers were networked.??
> UUCP was on there, and datakit.
> 
> But dead in the middle of the slide was a circle that had absolutely
> no connections with anything.?? Of course, somebody asked about, and
> was told "Oh.?? That's the networking department..."
> 
> As I recall, said department ceased to exist about a month later...
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Larry McVoy" <lm at mcvoy.com>
> 
> . . .
>  AT&T seemed pretty clueless about networking. 
> . . .
> 

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