[FoRK] Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It's Not Clear Why

Ken Meltsner meltsner at alum.mit.edu
Thu Dec 8 21:40:43 PST 2011


On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:17 PM, Tom Higgins <tomhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org>
> wrote:
> > In my days, we used to have to run a cable across the aisle.
>
> Wire? WIRE!?!? Well didn't the sun shine out of your nethers. In my
> day we would have to haul first gen pdps on the plane..uphill both
> ways, set up terminals and use semaphore flags to send the bits to
> each terminal because the flight attendants would not let us run
> cable.  We used the gandalf boxes as seat cushions. If we missed any
> packets or dropped below 300baud our father would come over and smash
> our heads in with the large metal encased slip sticks.
>
> I do remember cramming my fat Mac in its soft case into an overhead
compartment -- it'd be banned today from most international flights (> 10
kg IIRC).  Never had to fly with the first "transportable" systems like the
Osborne or Kaypro, luckily -- the Kaypro was especially dangerous with its
sheet metal case and sharp edges.

Ken Meltsner


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