Network Working Group
Request for Comments: 1300
S. Greenfield
February 1992

Remembrances of Things Past

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                When Shannon was a river
                   and Turing was a car
                When Banyan was a tree
                   and buses travelled far
                dBase was where you ran to
                   after you hit the ball
                Often we were ANSI
                   RISC aversive not at all
                Windows were for looking out of
                   in a Tandem, two could take a spin
                Bridges were for crossing
                   a frame was to keep pictures in
                A semi-conductor was a maestro
                   not in the big time yet
                A port you sought in a storm
                   fishermen used a net
                Woody Guthrie sang of "My LAN"
                   WAN was a despairing mood
                LATAs were for high places
                   menus featured food
                If a cursor used four letter words
                   a sensor cut them out
                The sight of a mouse in an office
                   was sure to raise a shout
                Haloid perfected photocopying
                   and thereby made a hoard
                Then came Japanese competition
                   and its "ox" was gored
                Frequency was measured in cycles
                   Hertz referred to multiple pain
                Modem was a harvesting command
                   for bringing in the grain
                Modelling was at fashion shows
                   bauds were ladies of the night
                Prompting was helping actors
                   contesting for resources, a fight
                Walking and chewing gum concurrently
                   requires considerable skill
                We called it multi-tasking
                   and by gosh we always will
                We had no electronic calculators
                   just slide rules by Keuffel & Esser
                I am still a true believer
                   Keufel & Esser war besser
                Chips were used for gambling
                   von Neuman was a pup
                Monte Carlo a place to visit
                   squaring the circle ... well, we gave up
                A Sprint was less than 880
                   a relay was a team
                Greene was just a color
                   breaking up AT&T a dream
                Coherent was applied to speech
                   not a spectral line excited
                Multi-media meant prose and song
                   and Noel Coward was knighted
                Cerf was found at the beach
                   a Rose was a Rose was a Rose
                Jobs were to look for
                   and Gates were to close
                "2B" was an elementary school class
                   and "D" a failing grade
                A router was a tool
                   a server was a maid
                Lotus was a flower
                   adobe was a brick
                Postscript was an afterthought
                   joy a popsicle stick
                We called a plotter a CAD
                   a token ring a sham
                A buffer was for buffing
                   a male goat was a ram
                The best noise supressor was ... ssh
                   we knew little of egos and ids
                For archival storage and encryption
                   we looked to the pyramids
                Now in accordance with Greenfield's Law
                   in voice both loud and clear
                Here's to exponential growth in memory
                   & operating speed next year.

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Stanley R. Greenfield
One Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016