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Published: 2017-09-26T01:55-07:00


The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 11

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:55:18 GMT

The NETwork Basic Input Output System (NET-BIOS) was introduced at the same time IBM announced the PC Network in 1984. The network microcode was the foundation for program control of the IBM LANs; it resides in ROM on the Adapter Card, on diskette, or on the PC's motherboard.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 10

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:47:59 GMT

In the past, if we wished to attach some other random LAN to this system, we typically needed a gateway to perform protocol conversion from whatever the LAN was using (assuming that it was not running the same DECnet protocol) to the DECnet protocols.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 9

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:56:29 GMT

In the early 1990s, there seemed to have been some convergence on the use of 802.2 (LLC) and 802.3/802.5 Mac sub-layers as the basic Physical and Data Link Layer technology. Every major manufacturer provided this alternative, and over time it became a common methodology employed.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 8

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:40:06 GMT

In addition to the network architectures mentioned above, other protocol or protocol-like issues were of great importance:

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 7

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:14:57 GMT

The fileservers were usually high-performance PCs running under some operating system that allows multiple activities to take place concurrently. Two approaches have been taken by NOS manufacturers:

Jamie Dimon is a Fraud

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:48:53 GMT

If Bitcoin is such a fraud, then why are mainstream companies like Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon accepting payments for goods in Bitcoin throughout many regions. It?s Probably because they know that drug dealers and murders need to buy computers, software, and toilet paper too.

UDP: Ports and Demultiplexing Part 2

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:22:22 GMT

In addition to the notion of an interaction mode, a UDP implementation provides an interpretation for protocol port demultiplexing. There are two possibilities:

Medical advancement

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:14:31 GMT

I think the greatest role technology has had in our lives is huge it has advanced the medical profession. From the time when doctors had no idea that bacteria caused infections, never washed their hands and where the most common treatment was almost bleeding people to death all the way up to modern day medicine the had been almost miraculous advances in medical technology.



How social networks helped me

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:10:35 GMT

Previously I ranted on about how social networking sites were contributing to reducing the family bonds and weakening personal relationships. However, social networking sites are not all doom and gloom. They have, in my case, provided a means of bringing me personally back into the family loop.


This is because it is impossible for me to sit down and have a family meal with

The modern family

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:06:57 GMT

I am sure many of you will agree that family is important and as the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. After all, if it weren't for the love between your father and mother you wouldn't be here reading my blog right now.


It used to be that families were very close and tight knit. I said were because, while there are undoubtedly still many close knit families out there

Technology combined

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:02:45 GMT

Technology has been around for years, longer than anyone alive today. Although if there is someone alive today who has been alive since before technology I am willing to bet that their name is Lazarus Long and a redhead.


Much the same sort of technology that we used in our daily lives was available in those times however it was not in general public use due to the fact that

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 6

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:27:50 GMT

In 1987 it was said, "throughout the 1990s we should anticipate that there will be a growth in 802.3 (Ethernet) and 802.5 (Token Ring) LANs resulting in the capture of a much larger market share." These conclusions were largely based on assumptions, at the time, that growth in the marketplace will come largely in LANs based on international standards.

Technology verses nature

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:34:18 GMT

It seems that I have been quite affected by these natural surroundings I have found myself in recently. I am getting quite philosophical in my contemplations.


As we were driving to this secret paradise I mentioned to my wife that it was only the human animal which has the nerve and capability to go about and cut mountains in half to make roads and commercialise natural settings.

Going without technology

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:29:59 GMT

I am currently sitting on a little straw thatched roofed wooden platform. Around me the air is filled with the sound of a babbling brook and a roaring waterfall. In front of me is a green expanse of grass and there are people swinging off of ropes and swings into a cold clear water catchment just before another waterfall. I am surrounded by trees and the tops of the mountains I am currently in the

Technology and travelling cont.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:26:26 GMT

I mentioned in my last posting how technology had both helped and hindered with travelling. This post is a continuation of that theme. Hence the cont. abbreviation in the title.


One thing which technology has definitely made a difference with when travelling around is communication. Before, when people, as they say in my countries jargon, go walkabout, they basically disappeared

Technology and travelling

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:22:55 GMT

As you most probably have guessed from my recent posts I am not at home but am instead travelling around on what I feel is a well deserved holiday. But then, we all deserve our holidays don't we :)

I remember in the time the way back machine would have trouble reaching what it used to be like to travel around. For starters the cars were far simpler. So much so that if they broke down

Power problems

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:48:27 GMT

I have said and always will say, technology is a wonderful thing. With a portable computer that you can fit in the palm of your hand and do actual work with you can do anything, anywhere at any time. For example, I am at this point in time I am sitting on a collapsible chair, one of those canvas ones and am writing this on my phone.


Not only that,  I am not near any

The power of social media

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:50:14 GMT

Social media is a relatively new thing in the internut tubes and it really took off, as far as I know, with a thing called MySpace. Which is still working as far as I know. MySpace has been replaced by Facebook and is, as far as I know, the most popular social media of all time.


At least until something comes along to replace it. The thing with social media is that news

Vintage Networking Acronyms for your Reference

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:40:30 GMT

Hopefully this set of acronyms and terminology will match in and remind readers on a number of different terms and references that we used mostly in the olden days of networking but in some cases are still being used today.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 5

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:53:09 GMT

In general, pipes are software developers' tools for easily creating communications routines in software without having to explicitly control and issue commands to the communications hardware.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 4

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:22:03 GMT

The approaches to integrated networking implemented by Banyan and Novell are difficult to match to the OSI model as well. The architectures presented in this series of posts were changing rapidly during the times that these platforms were in use, so they often differed from what you actually bought in a given product release.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 3

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:19:57 GMT

Even though the earliest LANs were of this genre, by 1989 it appeared that they were on the way out. By 1992, however, new life had been breathed into peer-to-peer networking by both Novell and Microsoft, along with the popularity of Artisoft's LANtastic. We will take a close look at peer-to-peer LANs at a deeper level in some future posts.

The LAN: A History of Network Operating Systems Part 2

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:30:23 GMT

Before proceeding further, a brief comment on the use of the terms "proprietary" and "open system" is probably in order.

Swagger Becomes OAS3

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:05:17 GMT

The OpenAPI Specification v3 (OAS3) has now become official. As with many things in the industry though, I am sure that people will continue to refer to it as swagger just because we have called it that for so many years now. But this is a much welcome change and update to the specification. APIs have continued to grow in popularity, and with it, the need to document and specify the operations of

The Storied Trail to Swagger 3.0.0

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:42:42 GMT

It is now available and in the wild from the Open API Initiative (OAI) which is operating under the wing of the Linux Foundation as an open standard that will be updated and maintained on GitHub going forward. This is a bright moment for the Swagger standard and includes some major overhauls to the specification. Also instead of Swagger, we should now be calling it the OpenAPI Specification (OAS)

The LAN: A History Network Operating Systems Part 1

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:44:12 GMT

Under the best of circumstances, the end-user should not even know that a network exists. If he wishes to do something simple, like copy a file from one place to another, it should be possible to use something like the old MS/DOS copy command and simply type: COPY c:mydata.dat p:yourdata.dat.

How has technology affected your life?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:11:27 GMT

Like me, you have probably seen technology changing throughout your whole life. I can remember when, as children, we would play on the streets. Today I still see children playing on the streets but their toys are much more advanced than the bats and balls we used to have.


Suffice to say, the change in technology has had a huge impact on my life and with the new developments,

Heart and soul

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:05:00 GMT

Like it or not technology is here to stay. We are surrounded by it, we use it to make our living and it is essential for our transportation. I could almost say that our modern life would not be able to survive without technology.


Actually, I read a book once which covered just that situation. I believe it was called The Changes. Yes, it was as I found out via quick google

Conquering nature.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:19:33 GMT

It's hot! Very hot right now where I am. It is currently nine o'clock at night and the temperature in my room is a cool twenty-nine degrees Celsius. That is with the windows open as well. So I did what any normal person would do and started up my portable evaporative air cooler.


Now I am currently being caressed by a stream of cool air by a rather noisy fan. I don't care,

Rise of the Terminator!

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:31:47 GMT

Hasta la vista baby! Sorry but I just had to say it and I bet you read it in Arnie's voice as well.


Well, you probably know that Musk (really an unfortunate name I think) and Zuckerberg (again an unfortunate name, perhaps I should change my name to something stupid and become rich as well) are going at each other over the subject of Artificial Intelligence.