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

gordon b slater gordslater at
Fri Nov 5 03:02:01 CDT 2010

On Thu, 2010-11-04 at 12:44 -0700, Jeroen van Aart wrote:

> In most if not all European countries (and likely most other countries 
> too) you pay a fee per time unit (say per minute) for local calls. 

in addition to a relatively high monthly "standing charge" subscription
fee I might add!

In the UK, this has really only changed in the last 3 or 4 years for
most users of the national telco, of whom in it now possible to buy a
"option plan" of free calls each month at extra charge above the basic.

It's no coincidence that I learned to type very, very fast in the early
1980s, before global email became prevalent for the public and the
majority of comms were done on BBSs of one sort or another. Only mail
retrieval could be scripted, all "proto-browsing" was done live and
against a rapidly-ticking financial clock.

Conversations with colleagues across the pond were filled with silent
envy for a _very_ long time, until approx 1997 iirc :)


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