Archive for the 'Quotes' category

200 bald men fighting over 6 combs

 | 17 Feb 2006 17:11

I’m glad Radia Perlman manages to scatter some funny anecdotes into her book “Interconnections”, this one is about the 6 TOS bits in the IP header (page 244):

Some people have affectionately referred to the -IETF Differentiated Services- working group as “200 bald men fighting over 6 combs”.

It’s funny to see the history as she’s describing the future in her book which shows how fast it’s dated. She wrote “Interconnections” in 2000 but it’s still a great book explaining fundamental issues in a comprehensive manner, my print is a 7th edition from March 2005. Definetely a book to use as network protocol reference due to the many explanations as to why things are the way they are.


 | 9 Feb 2006 21:10

I have decided to add a new category: “Networking quotes”. Here’s the first one, ‘Interconnections, 2nd edition’ page 181:

Priority is an attempt to implement the principles of jealousy and envy in computer networks.
– Tony Lauck