posted on Jul, 3 2011 @ 07:55 AM
I remember when I started working in IT about 20 something years ago. Some of us had just baught our first new amazing mobile phones, as they were
just becomming affordable. But that is not the point! lol
We were flood cabling an office with serial cable, as we were running a particularly old and unfasionable system which liked talking to the terminals
over RS232 a dedcated serial connection, 64 ports per server, 2 connections per terminal. (One for the inhouse booking system, one for the airlines
automated booking system, I was working for a wholesale travel agency) It was a lot of work, as we were laying out for about 130 terminals over 2
floors. We had to make up 4 patch leads per terminal, each with 4 wires solderd (reb, blue, yellow, green, soldered on to 2, 3, 7 and 20 (Swap 2 and 3
at server end to get Tx Rx Lined up) The 9 pin type used 2, 3, 7, 9 with a loop from I think it was 5 to 6..... How the duck can I remember that after
20 years when I can't remember what I did yesterday!!???)
So anyway! Back to the story. I am chatting to my boss as we sureveyd the works so far. I pointed at the far end of the office at the wall above the
exit, and said "One day we will just be mounting a radio system up there, and a reveiver in each terminal, and we won't need all these wires."
Now, Mr E was a mega intelligent fella. He was behind some of the UKs biggest online travel companies a few years later, designed some amazing stuff,
wrote some amazing code. And as he was such a techie he was able to go into minute detail about how that was not possible because of lack of bandwidth
on available frequencies, how we could not possibly compress the information further than we do already to acheive it.... Very plausible. This was in
the days when the fastest internet connection your average user had was a 96Kbs modem. IF you were lucky!
So, What impossible stuff has happened in your lilfe?