The article is now at: http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/Protocols/NL-PerfNote.html
Jeff said in http://www.digital.com/info/rcfoc/970331.htm:
The Web and I.
A few issues ago we talked about http/1.1, a new version of the Web's
basic protocol which will soon be addressing some of the speed issues
we're all too used to. (But then consider, when the Web was first
devised nobody conceived that it would grow to be such a significant
force in our industry, our businesses, and our society in general --
it's actually held up rather well!) But have you ever wondered just
what happens "under the covers" when you make that simple click on a
hyperlink that can literally cause things to happen on the other side
of the globe? How does your Web browser know to direct your request
to just the right computer out of the 18 million or so computers
currently connected to the Internet? And exactly how will http/1.1
speed things up?
If you have even a little technical interest, the World Wide Web
Consortium's latest newsletter contains an excellent, easy to
understand article that will give you some valuable insight. Check it
out and you'll feel a little more "equal" the next time you stare the
Web in the eye.
I was tickled; I sent him fan mail citing "Digital's own FoRK :-)"