November 13, 2019

Fun Old-School Telco Story

Rui Carmo on

This oddly shaped, unwieldy chunk of purple plastic (which is around 6cm to a side, if you’re wondering) has been on my office desk for nearly twenty years now, and despite it being fundamentally useless (it doesn’t even make for a good paperweight) I keep it as a daily reminder of how dogma and preconceived notions can turn well-meaning engineering into a massive iceberg of technical debt.

Great story from the dinosaur days of the web on telco infrastructure design and implementation.

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