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New CVS

> So OK, enough with the silliness - what's the funkiest connection
> or set of connections to the Internet that anyone has ever *actually*
> used?

In 1990, I began working for UKnet, the UK's only commercial provider
of Usenet feeds and UUCP email.  Although we had real paying customers,
we were actually part of the University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC).
Essentially all UK Usenet traffic passed through UKC: the academic
community was still farting around with its "coloured book" protocols,
and a strategic migration to OSI (yeah, right).  The academics deigned
to provide their own email gateway to NSFnet (uk.ac.nsfnet-relay),
but we were the only way to reach the UUCP world.  And if you were a
for-profit, we were the only network open to you.

As you can imagine, we had a pretty chunky connection to the outside
world: a massive 9k6 X.25 line to Amsterdam.  (I bet there's only one
other person in this company who's ever been anywhere near the UUCP `F'
protocol.  Later on, we actually ran IP over this line... don't try this
at home, kids.)

Ah, those were the days...

    ...!uunet!mcvax!ukc!tlg

Tim.

Original headers:

From: tgoodwin@cygnus.co.uk (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: cygnus.junk
Subject: Re: New CVS
Date: 9 Feb 1998 02:36:08 -0800
Organization: Cygnus Solutions news/mail gateway
Message-ID: <NR8AAAzc3jTIJwIA.cygnus.junk@nan.cygnus.co.uk>
References: <199802062210.OAA04653@andros.cygnus.com>

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