VAX VMS Question

From: Huw Davies <>
Date: Thu Jan 23 01:07:01 2003

At 11:43 PM 22/01/2003 +0000, Peter Hicks wrote:

>Check the speed and duplex of the ports on your switch. The preference is
>to forcibly set 10 or 100Mbps, full or half duplex on both ends, and not
>to rely on autonegotiation.

It's sure to be autonegotiation - this is clearly the work of the devil (or
some company that wants to make lots of money for their consultants). Is
this "feature" more than 10 years old - if so, will it be appropriate to
rant on about this here :-)

I think I've spent more time cursing this feature than almost any other
network abomination. The good? aspect is that you can really impress
customers when consulting by fixing their real network problems in 10
minutes. It's even more impressive if they're running multiple protocols
over a mis-configured link. TCP/IP appears to work fine, DECnet appears
horrible - something to do with TCP/IP being pessimistic about the links it
has to use, DECnet being a lot more hopefull.

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