At 08:48 AM 6/27/00 -0700, Randy Bush wrote:
ok, i was gonna keep out of this. but there was a time when the entire
academic network of south africa was served by a single 9600 baud slip
connection, later upgraded to 14.4kb ppp.
and i believe there was a direct parallel in the states, though pre-tcp/ip.
i worked for a networking equipment company in the late 80's
our link to the net then was 1200bd dialup. a quite common
connection technology for folks who couldn't afford the
obscene charges for leased lines back then. somehow we still
managed to move mail and news, look at gif files and so on.
and that was not pre-tcp/ip.... it _was_ pre-vj, in the bad old
days of congestive collapse. somehow, data moved around...