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Music on vinyl records, mobile phones the size of house bricks and pornography printed on paper. What hideously out of date stuff do you still use?

Thanks to boozehound for the suggestion

(, Thu 4 Nov 2010, 12:44)
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Way back in the 90s...
I was working for a software developer who was doing some stuff on peer-to-peer downloads.

Now, back in the day, you could really only do the bog-standard server to client download: Server has the file, you connect to server, download file. Done.

What we were working on was a way to spread the load on the server - bandwidth was expensive those days. So we needed some way of making the client machines do some of the work for us. Bitorrent was yet to arrive, and the idea of having clients downloading separate bits of the file from each other wasn't around either.

Then, one day, I read an article about insect colonies, and how individual critters could spread chemical messages along to each other to reach the main colony quickly - kind of playing pass-the-parcel with pheromones. INSPIRATION!

We knocked out a protocol which essentially re-directed download requests from the server to the clients - one or two clients would download from the server whilst the other clients would be downloading off them - pass-the-parcel! Huzzah!

I named the protocol "ParcelPass". Not particularly flashy, but it worked. Our little protocol netted us a nice little sum and off it went into the interwebs to help corporations get files to people who needed them. All was good.

Then, 6 years later, Bitorrent came onto the scene and had a much better protocol, forcing ParcelPass onto the scrap heap. I was quite upset at first, but then I realised that all my work on ParcelPass was simply Re-done Ant Technology.

(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 1:58, 7 replies)
had me
All the way to the very end
(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 2:05, closed)
nicely done

(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 5:10, closed)
Extremely well done sir!
Excellent punnage, believable buildup and truly convoluted denouement. I salute you!
(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 9:06, closed)
Very clever

(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 10:51, closed)
Got me too..
*geek chuckles followed by a click..*
(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 11:02, closed)
(, Sun 7 Nov 2010, 22:56, closed)
Ha. I spotted it before the end.
I only got as far as "Re-done Ant"
(, Mon 8 Nov 2010, 6:50, closed)

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