Re: Looking for comments on the 15-pin ethernet connector


Donald L. Nash (ut-emx!dlnash@sally.utexas.edu)
15 Jun 88 14:15:52 GMT


In article <23340@bu-cs.BU.EDU>, bzs@bu-cs.BU.EDU (Barry Shein) writes:
>
> We have around 100 Suns here and other assorted items (this lousy
> slide-latch is not unique to Suns by any means, it's ubiquitous) and
> they're always falling out, the worst catastrophes occur when they
  ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^^
> fall out of centralized server machines, we've been out for hours and
> hours while some poor operator tries to figure out what the problem is
> (they're learning, we're all learning.)
>

It really gets interesting when the cable falls out just enough that
the transmit wire gets disconnected but the receive wire is still in
place. Then you have a machine which can listen but not talk. We had
this happen on a MicroVAX II and almost went into a panic thinking
the DEQNA had died.

> I'll also add a vote to the Mac-like knurled screws,

Me, too.

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