I confess. I’m somewhat of a pack rat. I’ve saved all the hard copy Network Computing Magazines from my columnist days of writing “On the Wire.” Sure they’re available at the NWC archives on the web, but there’s nothing like having a dusty old magazine in your hands complete with all the articles and advertisements of the time.
Then tragedy struck. My wife threw them all away on a recent cleaning binge. Well almost. Luckily, there was a small batch from 1997 that she missed and our marriage was saved.
After thumbing through a couple of issues, I couldn't resist providing some post-humus awards seven years to the day.
Best Ad Headline Award: “56K is HOT! Don’t be left out in the cold with a 28.8 modem…Call about buying x2 technology today.”
Unusual Product Award: The ad reads “Your distance glasses or bifocals are great. But, if you work on computers, you know how hard it is to focus on the screen. We call these blind areas 'computer blindness.'” $24.95 buys you a pair of Flip-n-See lenses, which apparently eliminate this problem. Order two pair and save five bucks to boot.
Analysis Product that Looks-the-Same-Today-as-it-Did-Seven-Years-Ago Award: Network General NetXRay (now Sniffer).
Network Optimization Award: Using NetWare “hey, leave me alone for a while” (sever busy) packets to identify offensive command packets and tune the server accordingly.
Big Bucks Award: 100 Mbps switches at $300 per port in 1997 are now under five bucks per port today.
Never Made it to the Desktop nor Server Award: ATM.
Most Promising New Technology Award: Gigabit Ethernet.
Best Troubleshooting Topic Still Applicable Today Award: TCP.