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Re: happy bday IGS-R

  • From: Hank Nussbacher
  • Date: Fri Feb 16 01:52:28 2001

At 17:53 15/02/01 -0500, Brent Sweeny wrote:
On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 02:27:53PM -0800, Sean Donelan wrote:
>
> On Thu, 15 February 2001, Hank Nussbacher wrote:
> >
> > An extra 10 if you have any printed manuals from that far back!
> >
>
> Back then, ALL the manuals were printed.  None of this funky
> CDROM or download the page from the Cisco web site when your cisco
> router isn't routing and you can't get to the cisco web site.
>
> And my favorite.  You didn't have to pass a test to buy stuff
> directly from Cisco.  I got my first IGS-R for 50% off because
> Cisco was competing against Proteon, and the Cisco sales person
> was happy to sell me one.

I remember way back then, when we were evaluating whether to buy Proteon
or Cisco, scanning the hosts table (which still listed all the routers
in the internet then, along with what KIND they were) to see what Cisco's
market penetration was.  it was growing fast enough that we thought they
might stay in business.  ;)    it's still a good idea for cisco to remember
proteon (and what they did wrong), though virtually no one from cisco today
has ever heard of proteon, too bad--the lessons are still relevant, perhaps
more than ever.

and the entire manual set (hardware--all 3 models of routers--and
software) all fit into one looseleaf manual.  i still have mine from 6.x
and 7.x, though i can't find earlier, darn.
I remember when I did the first router scorecard. Here is an excerpt:

Comparison of Multiprotocol Routers
Henry Nussbacher
November 1990
Version 1.7


+--------------+--------------+---------------+
Multiprotocol | cisco AGS+ | Wellfleet LN | Proteon p4200 |
Router | Rel. 8.1(14) | Rel. 5.40 | Rel. 8.3 |
+--------------+--------------+---------------+
1. General | | | |
- # of slots | 9 | 4 | 7 |
- Processor | 30Mhz 68020 | 32MHz 68030 | ??Mhz 68020 |
- Memory | 4Mbyte | 4Mbyte | 2Mbyte |
- Updates via | ROM, TFTP | diskette,TFTP| diskette,TFTP |
- Speed of bus | 530Mb/sec (a)| 320Mb/sec | 160Mb/sec |

Trivia question: name the mailing list used at the time for each of these platforms. You need to know all 3 in order to win acclaim and fortune :-)

-Hank

        Brent Sweeny, Indiana University





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