net connectivity 10+ years ago (Re: How the Mac was born... supposedly...)

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Wed Jan 19 04:12:55 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 13:26:04 -0800 (PST), Al Kossow <> wrote:
> ihnp4 was an impressive machine, indeed. much of the uucp traffic
> in the midwest went through it.

For many years, I got all of my traffic via ihnp4, then via Columbus
Bell Labs (cbosgd (Columbus Bell-Labs Operating System Group?), later
cbatt), then either through Ohio State (osu-eddie, later giza) or via
a local UUCP club that was a mix of 7300s and 386s running Interactive
UNIX. I didn't have a UNIX machine in those days (couldn't afford
enough ancient disk to use on my PDP-11s), so I hooked in with my
Amiga 1000 - 2x ST-225 on a Western Digital WX-1 and a special
converter... that machine is detectable on the UUCP maps as "kumiss".
That radio club forked off a "mom and pop ISP" in 1993 or 1994, they are still around, a couple of sales later, but the
original owners (friends of mine) got out years and years ago.

As an aside, I saw the remains of osu-eddie, an 11/780, first at the
university surplus, then later, as an empty cabinet, behind a local
DEC reseller... they had apparently bought it to sell off its parts.
I used osu-eddie in high school, so I know it was handling wads of
mail for folks in 1983 and prior.

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