Flashback to the early 1980s, when this New Zealand site has many, many terminals connected to the central computer — and they’re not on a network, says a pilot fish working there.
“We had a Wang VS300 superminicomputer running the data processing — and yes, the word processing too — with approximately 100 terminals running over dual coax cables,” fish says. “Lots of long dual coax cables.
“Normally this was not an issue, as there was generally enough slack on the user end to allow minor readjustment of working spaces.
“However, one day a user decided to move his terminal a little further than usual, which involved unplugging the power and plugging into a new outlet.