Chuck Anderson via WLUG <wlug(a)lists.wlug.org> writes:
On Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 08:11:20AM -0500, Andy Stewart
I remember a talk that Doug Waud gave about
His first example of a network was a string with a cup at either end.
Over a year ago when this discussion started, I saw Andy's comment
above about Doug Waud's home networking talk. I remember the talk
fondly, with the slides containing many humorous pictures of tin cans
I was surprised that I did not remember this talk. I thought I had
been to every WLUG meeting back then. Memories fade. I am trying to
remember when I went to Mexico...I am pretty sure I was there several
times. At the time I was sure I would remember every detail forever,
but now I can't recall what year it was. It might have been 2001.
So I updated the WLUG website's Archive section
 with the slides:
Home Networking (March 2001)
Great job of cyber-archeology!
I checked it out. It's 80 slides!! That's not a talk; It's at least
four talks. I could not have forgotten all that---must not have been
It's already proven useful in a way redeems WLUG. After moving ethernet
cables around to do jit.sw/WlugMA last Thursday, I discovered I had
broken another one of those stupid little plastic latch pins on the end
plug. I bought a bag of a dozen at Stark electronics about the time of
Doug's talk two decades ago. I am down to just three of them. Stark is
long gone; where can I get more? I thought of Google, but I could not
remember what the plugs were called.
After paging quickly through a few slides, there was the answer!
They are called RJ-45 plugs and you can buy them through Amazon.
They come in bags of 100, which is excessive, but not too expensive;
($10-15). I suppose I will get a bag. That's more than a liftime supply.
In a couple more decades you will be able to pick up about 90 of them
_real_ cheap at the estate sale, or free from the dumpster.