The audio is a bit low on this video; it actually recorded a bit lower than this, and the process of amplifying made it poor quality. I’ve already separated the audio recorder from the camera; now I’m upgrading the mic, and playing with the settings on the recorder to make the audio better quality. I’m also playing with putting text and drawings on the side of the video, a concept I intend to use more often in the future.

So this is a bit of a play video, but with a somewhat serious topic: the importance of learning the history of network engineering. Some resources are included below.

A bit history of the Internet
Net Heads versus Bell Heads
On the History of the Shortest Path Problem
The Elements of Networking Style
Software Defined Networks has a great introductory section with a good bit of history


  1. Steve 13 March 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Agree 100%, you can’t be interested in the future if you are not interested in the past. I have always thought it would be cool if there were networking history groups that would get together and hook up a bunch of old gear.

    • Russ 14 March 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Steve —

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! This is, actually something there should be — a museum of networking gear, all running an ip network over which you could send a simple text only email using pine/etc.



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