The tale of a single MAC

Jethro R Binks jethro.binks at
Thu Jan 6 07:35:24 CST 2011

On Sun, 2 Jan 2011, Lynda wrote:

> Google does NOT know all. I was there. I have had to deal with a 
> building full of such wickedness. I administered DNS (in my copious 
> spare time) for two subdomains, and managed the network in the building 
> (a not inconsiderable /22, and also in my spare time), and started 
> getting frantic calls from people who were getting knocked off the 
> network because their machine had the same MAC address as another.
> I had trouble believing it at first, but after dealing with five of them 
> (all Gateways, and yes, all with the same MAC address), I directed the 
> local sysadmins to disable the nic that came with them, and to replace 
> it with a spare. I understand that there were 30,000 of them, all with 
> the same address. My guess is that you'll never find it on Google, since 
> it happened around 1993-4 or so.

You will now.

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Jethro R Binks, Network Manager,
Information Services Directorate, University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, number SC015263.

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