Notes on the Internet for Bell Heads


My vote goes for...

How to build an Internet Service Company
  From A to Z...
  All you need to know to plan, build and market an Internet service company.
  Tips and tricks from the inside.

Charles H. Burke
July '96
ISBN: 0-935563-02-4

And I quote...

Coffee Maker - Coffee is an necessary as HTML to the aspiring ISP.
I highly recommend the Bunn-Omatic corporation for excellent high
performance coffee makers.

It's a classic!

As for driving in the UK and US... I have explained the value of roundabouts to many, many Americans and they still don't get it. Being British, but living in the US... I just don't get why they are not used here.

You will have to put up with the face that Bell-heads and Net-heads just doing things differently and not understanding why the other side prefers an opposite method!


... But there doesn't seem to
>be anything that helps Bell heads understand what switching, routing
>or signaling means on the Internet. There are a lot of words which are
>spelled alike, but mean very different things in the Bell world and the
>Internet world.
>I've been thinking of it like driving in England or the USA. We drive
>on different sides of the road. Its safe until you get someone who
>doesn't know the rules of the road driving on the other side of the
>Atlantic. So how do you explain the rules of the Internet road to someone
>used to driving on the telephone system?

Padlipsky's Elements of Networking Style may be the funiest technical
book ever written. It is a really vicious critique of the whole OSI
approach, written mid-80s. Some chapters are also available as RFCs,
I think 871-875.

"If you know what you're doing, three layers are enough. If not, even
17 won't save you."

yes, 871 is a personal favorite of mine; i've photocopied it and
passed it out in classes i've taught.