Captain Ned wrote:
Frozen orange garden hose. Wrangled some back in the mid-80s. Thoroughly evil and contentious stuff, though Teflon-coated open-plenum-rated Cat 5 isn't far behind.
Ya, it was called Thicknet. http://www.learn.geekinterview.com/it/n ... cknet.html
My dad regaled me of such stories involving Thicknet and punch cards and vacuum tubes and large computers (not sure if I'd call it a mainframe?) hooked up to diesel-powered generators so that the power supplied would always be perfect and isolated from the rest of the power grid. He's actually got a byte of storage from the military computer center he used to run back in the day. It's a neat bunch of vacuum tubes in some funky array.
I think he's far happier with the way computers are now, though, and networking as well. Nostalgia only gets ya so far before you begin to remember the horrors of technology...