Who said that? > The Bandwidth of a Station Wagon

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway

In my post Latency, Bandwidth, and Station Wagons, I discussed the origin of that well-known saying, which appears in the book Computer Networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum [ISBN 0-13-349945-6].

As of today, the Wikipedia article on Sneakernets attributes both the current and an earlier version of the saying to Tanenbaum, but then admits uncertainty about its true origin, stating that ... the original version of this quotation came much earlier; the very first problem in Tanenbaum's 1981 textbook Computer Networks asks the student to calculate the throughput of a St. Bernard carrying floppy disks (which are said to hold 250 kilobytes of data). The first USENET citation is July 16, 1985, and it was widely considered a chestnut already, possibly dating from the 1970s. Other alleged speakers included Tom Reidel, Warren Jackson, or Bob Sutterfield. The station wagon and mag tapes were the canonical version, but variants using trucks or Boeing 747s and later storage technologies such as CD-ROMs would frequently appear.

This thread is available just in case anyone wants to add something more concrete!

July 13, 2007 | Registered CommenterChris Loosley