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betajet
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The Memphis Switch
betajet   3/18/2014 5:16:04 PM
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IBM's GF11 Supercomputer had a central switch called the Memphis Switch.  This was a reference to Federal Express, which at the time had a single "super-hub" where all packages were sent to Memphis, Tennessee each day, sorted overnight, and sent to their destinations the next morning.

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Re: The Memphis Switch
Max The Magnificent   3/18/2014 5:17:56 PM
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@betajet: IBM's GF11 Supercomputer had a central switch called the Memphis Switch.

Cool Beans -- I'd never heard of that one!

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Re: The Memphis Switch
Max The Magnificent   3/18/2014 5:19:24 PM
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@Betajet: Speaking about Hawaiian shirts (well, I was thinking about them), I'm assuming yours is all packed in anticipation of EE Live!

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The MÜSLI card
betajet   3/18/2014 5:27:43 PM
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I once designed a 16-channel serial interface card that did both HDLC and Async protocols.  I proudly named it the "Multichannel Universal Serial Line Interface" or MÜSLI, like the breakfast cereal.

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Re: The Memphis Switch
betajet   3/18/2014 5:31:48 PM
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Not "packed", but ready to wash and wear.  I'm "local" so no need to pack anything other than something to read on the way to San Jose.

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Re: The Memphis Switch
Max The Magnificent   3/18/2014 5:36:08 PM
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@Betajet: ...no need to pack anything other than something to read on the way to San Jose.

I'm assuming you're not driving then :-)

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The Wamba board
betajet   3/18/2014 5:41:08 PM
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I also designed a very simple board called the "WAN Mini-Backplane" which replaced a couple of cables that connected WAN I/O modules with a base board.  I called it the "Wamba" board for short.  Wamba is my favorite character from Ivanhoe.  He's the court jester -- his full name is "Wamba, son of Witless".  Great name for a board with no intelligence whatsoever.

[Actually the character is very clever.  Pax vobiscum.]

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Re: The Wamba board
Max The Magnificent   3/18/2014 5:43:28 PM
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@Betajet: ...his full name is "Wamba, son of Witless"


That does have a certain ring to it -- I'll have to remember that... I'm sure it will come in handy one day :-)

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Re: The Memphis Switch
betajet   3/18/2014 5:44:14 PM
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Max wrote: I'm assuming you're not driving then :-)

Max, nobody drives any more in the Bay Area because there's too much traffic :-)

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Re: The Memphis Switch
Max The Magnificent   3/18/2014 5:46:04 PM
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@Betajet: ...nobody drives any more in the Bay Area because there's too much traffic :-)

ROFLOL

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