by Darius Kazemi, September 6 2019
RFC-249 is titled “Coordination of Equipment and Supplies Purchase”. It's authored by Raymond F. Borelli of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Computation and dated October 8, 1971.
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It appears that the author and Steve Crocker and cooking up a scheme to coordinate the purchase of equipment network-wide to take advantage of group discounts. For example, if everyone on the network bought the same model terminal, then they could submit a purchase order to a company for a large order, split the costs, and enjoy the discount.
The author acknowledges that there might not be enough overlapping demand for equipment for a group rate to be feasible, and that some organizations require competitive bidding on large purchases which means they wouldn't fit into this scheme.
At any rate, they want to test the feasibility and include a sample form for sites to reply with their equipment needs so they can see if this makes sense as an idea.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.