Famous operational issues

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Mon Feb 22 22:21:09 UTC 2021

On Feb 22, 2021, at 7:02 AM, tim at pelican.org wrote:
> On Thursday, 18 February, 2021 22:37, "Warren Kumari" <warren at kumari.net> said:
>> 4: Not too long after I started doing networking (and for the same small
>> ISP in Yonkers), I'm flying off to install a new customer. I (of course)
>> think that I'm hot stuff because I'm going to do the install, configure the
>> router, whee, look at me! Anyway, I don't want to check a bag, and so I
>> stuff the Cisco 2501 in a carryon bag, along with tools, etc (this was all
>> pre-9/11!). I'm going through security and the TSA[0] person opens my bag
>> and pulls the router out. "What's this?!" he asks. I politely tell him that
>> it's a router. He says it's not. I'm still thinking that I'm the new
>> hotness, and so I tell him in a somewhat condescending way that it is, and
>> I know what I'm talking about. He tells me that it's not a router, and is
>> starting to get annoyed. I explain using my "talking to a 5 year old" voice
>> that it most certainly is a router. He tells me that lying to airport
>> security is a federal offense, and starts looming at me. I adjust my
>> attitude and start explaining that it's like a computer and makes the
>> Internet work. He gruffly hands me back the router, I put it in my bag and
>> scurry away. As I do so, I hear him telling his colleague that it wasn't a
>> router, and that he certainly knows what a router is, because he does
>> woodwork...
> Here in the UK we avoid that issue by pronouncing the packet-shifter as "rooter", and only the wood-working tool as "rowter" :)

So wrong.

A “root” server is part of the DNS. A “route” server is part of BGP.

> Of course, it raises a different set of problems when talking to the Australians…

Everything is weird down down. But I still like them. :-)


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