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Regarding retrocomputing networks, connections and protocols.

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Did people back then build powerful computers out of multiple smaller machines?

Did people back then build powerful computers out of multiple smaller machines ? Build powerful computers out of >1 smaller machines Time range - approximately 76-82 (I accept exceptions, ...
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Do all Econet devices need the same clock speed?

Econet was a network used by the BBC Micro, conceptually similar to Ethernet, two orders of magnitude slower and correspondingly cheaper. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econet it ...
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Is There Something Akin to Plato Still Available?

From what I've read of PLATO it seems like it was a pretty powerful system, with some features that in retrospect seem way ahead of it's time, especially when compared to BBS which seemed to be far ...
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How did Microsoft take over Winsocks (Windows Sockets)?

In the early days of the Internet, Windows users had to install an application called "Trumpet Winsock" in order to use Internet apps like e-mail, FTP, WWW, etc. There were competitors, but Trumpet ...
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What was the technical reason behind the octal digits used for CompuServe User IDs?

On CompuServe in the 1990's, my ID was "73313, 3443". I still remember it today because it was (seemed) way more important to me than any phone numbers I ever memorized. According to Wikipedia: ...
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Format of “Pound” domains in RFC 821

This is a bit of an archaeological question, but RFC 821, page 31, paragraph 3 describes a syntax for mailbox addresses that is of the form local_path@#123, where the pound and the following number is ...
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When was network byte order decided?

TCP/IP has some binary header fields which are affected by byte order, so defines 'network byte order' to settle the issue, specifically defines it as big-endian. When was this decided? The earliest ...
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DECNet physical connector

DECNet was a network system for DEC computers, introduced in the mid to late seventies. What physical connector did it use? Was it possible to connect to such a network using just an RS-232 serial ...