Token ring? topic hijack: was Re: Mystery open source switching

Jason LeBlanc jml at
Thu Nov 4 14:22:02 CDT 2010

This is bringing back memories of DecNet and LAT, not good ones either. ;)

On 11/04/2010 12:38 PM, Brielle Bruns wrote:
> On 11/4/10 9:09 AM, Gary Baribault wrote:
>> I sure am glad to see that I'm not the only crazy/dinosaur lurking on
>> this list! It really gives me hope for the future!
>> Of course to do this job right, a good memory help, and being crazy is
>> nearly a prerequisite to last!:-)
> I know several people locally who still do legacy setups, and they 
> make pretty decent money, given the fact that many of the people who 
> have intimate knowledge of the mainframe era and such are long gone.
> One of my former customers used to use 10Base2 in their factory to do 
> an ethernet link across the production floor that couldn't be done 
> cheaply with fiber and that regular ethernet would have interference 
> problems.
> Me, I've got PhoneNet and LocalTalk wiring for when I do work on my 
> classic Macs.  My cute little SE/30 can route MacIP at a blistering 
> 230kbps for these older systems.  I've also got these really nice SCSI 
> to Ethernet adapters which comes in handy when all else fails.  :)
> As for legacy technology, I've got a Cisco 7507 loaded to the gills 
> with every type of interface card we could get (never know when you 
> might need a channelized T3 for something), a 6009 loaded with 10/100 
> interfaces, 7204 (in use) for routing T1s, a 1600 series routing 
> another T1, a 1000 sitting on the shelf as a spare for the 1600...  
> Oh, and then there's the Netopia R9100s and R5300s back from the late 
> 90s/early 2000s...
> There's always a place for old technology, esp. when newer technology 
> falls flat on its face so often.  :-)

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