by Darius Kazemi, December 25 2019
Continued failure to upgrade
RFC-359 is titled “Status of the Release of the New IMP System (2600)”. It's authored by Dave Walden of BBN and dated June 22, 1972.
The technical content
The new IMP software promised in RFC-343 still has not been successfully deployed! Walden says that on their first try, BBN completely underestimated the difficulty of deploying at 25 sites. On their second try, they deployed but encountered bugs and had to roll it back. On their third try, it worked except for Terminal IMP systems, so they had to roll it back yet agian. On their fourth try, it seemed to work but then mysteriously broke after 24 hours of operation.
They plan to try again soon.
This is the most #relatable RFC ever written.
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