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Remembrances of Things Past (RFC1300)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002120D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 4K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Greenfield: AUTHOR

Abstract

Status of this Memo

This text was extracted from a ASCII Text document.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 68% of the total text.

Network Working Group S. Greenfield

Request for Comments: 1300 Ziff-Davis

February 1992

Remembrances of Things Past

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Discussion

When Shannon was a river

and Turing was a car

When Banyan was a tree

and buses travelled far

dBase was where you ran to

after you hit the ball

Often we were ANSI

RISC aversive not at all

Windows were for looking out of

in a Tandem, two could take a spin

Bridges were for crossing

a frame was to keep pictures in

A semi-conductor was a maestro

not in the big time yet

A port you sought in a storm

fishermen used a net

Woody Guthrie sang of "My LAN"

WAN was a despairing mood

LATAs were for high places

menus featured food

If a cursor used four letter words

a sensor cut them out

The sight of a mouse in an office

was sure to raise a shout

Haloid perfected photocopying

and thereby made a hoard

Then came Japanese competition

and its "ox" was gored

Frequency was measured in cycles

Hertz referred to multiple pain

Modem was a harvesting command

for bringing in the grain

Modelling was at fashion shows

bauds were ladies of the night

Prompting was helping actors

contesting for resources, a fight

Walking and chewing gum concurrently

requires considerable skill

We called it multi-tasking

and by gosh we always will

We had no electronic calculators

just slide rules by Keuffel & Esser

I am still a true believer

Keufel & Esser war besser

Chips were used for gambling

von Neuman was a pup

Monte Carlo a place to visit

squaring the circle ... well, we gave up

A Sprint was less than 880

a relay was a team

Greene was just a color

breaking up AT&T a dream

Coherent was applied to speech

not a spectral line excited

Multi-media meant prose and song

and Noel Coward was knighted

Cerf was found at the beach

...