Hank Nussbacher wrote:
Craig came down very hard on Bob Metcalfe and I was hoping that over
the past few days someone would step in and explain that Bob is far
from being a clueless journalist. I believe Craig is just showing
how young he is.
On my part, when i was flaming B.M. i was perfectly aware of who he
is. However, being an authority is not a guarantee of being right
or being clueful about that particular subject.
I happened to learn that hard way.
Bob Metcalfe along with David Boggs published in
ACM (July 1976) an article entitled "Ethernet - Distributed Packet
Switching for Local Computer Networks". This paper was the groundwork
for Ethernet - without which we would still be using X.25 and possibly
That is an exaggregation. BTW, Ethernet has little to do with X.25's
Having Bob (as well as a few other heavyweights) on this list,
we can only come to a better understanding of the routing, addressing
and portability problems of the Internet that we are all hitting.
Craig, Bob has probably forgotten more than you and I will ever know.
I find the attitude of reverence to authorities a bit out of place
in any scientific or engineering society trying to be something more
than a country club.