Keynote/Boardwatch Internet Backbone Index A better test!!!

Jack Rickard jack.rickard at
Fri Jun 27 22:43:58 UTC 1997


I'm with you to a point.  But NONE of the measurements were taken from
Jack's house.  None were taken from Boardwatch's office.  And in fact, the
measurements were taken from 27 different geographic locations.  I think
that is a somewhat critical element here.  We failed to come up with a
methodology that could be performed from "Jack's House" without primarily
measuring "Jack's connectivity" more than anything else.  Obviously, that
is what I would have liked.  Never could come up with an idea on how to do
that effectively.

Inverse technology appears to be in the business of selling $50,000
marketing reports to order for anyone with $50,000.00.  How would that be

Finally, I'm amazed at how "trivial it is to point out useless and devoid
of meaning this is", when you haven't seen the results yet.  It might be
even EASIER once you've READ them.

Jack Rickard

> From: Randy Bush <randy at>
> To: nanog at
> Subject: Re: Keynote/Boardwatch Internet Backbone Index  A better test!!!
> Date: Friday, June 27, 1997 3:00 PM
> I want to measure the response of each ISP's marketing department.  So I
> will send a certified letter to their office of record in Deleware, and
> report how long before I get the receipt back.  Maybe I well do this for
> letters to get better data.
> So, we now have an interesting report of the accessibility of various
> web servers from Jack's house.  While it is trivial to point out how
> and devoid of meaning this is, what is a wee bit harder is to describe
> would be a useful measure to Jack's audience and how that might be
> Ben Black's pointing out
> may be *very* apt, and somewhat ingenious, considering Jack's audience.
> Are there other good ideas or examples?
> randy

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