Early Appletalk; was Re: Interconnecting classic computers
Earl D. Baugh Jr.
earl at baugh.org
Sun May 11 14:57:17 CDT 2008
>> I guess there's nothing quite like the not invented here syndrome.
> Certainly some of that, but more in Appletalk v2 and than original
> Appletalk. To my mind the original appletalk was simple and elegant
> - a
> good fit for the system...
At a company I worked at we looked at Ethernet at the time, and it
way too pricey compared to AppleTalk at the time. Phone wire was
and the office spaces we had were already wired up for two phone
it simply was a matter of isolating the punch down blocks for which
jacks to use.
(Luckily the folks who wired up the spaces put all the even numbered
on the same blocks, odds on the others... ) For the cost of one
(for the one machine we had that actually could take one) we wired up
offices, probably a couple hundred machines. (Mostly Mac's of course...
but ultimately a few Caymen Gator boxes to bridge to the small ethernet
segments that supported our Sun boxes...which had ethernet built in..)
It was chatty, protocol wise, but a very cost effective way to network
at the time...
I've actually got a NEW in the box Farallon PhoneNet (which was yet
another name for it..)
Star Controller sitting here. (I tried to sell it on EBay recently
but apparently nobody has any
of these networks that I can find. ) It's about to go into the
(if someone is interested, drop me a line...)
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