The Internet at house level
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 93 16:37:32 PST
Subject: The Internet at house level
From: "Tansin A. Darcos & Company" <email@example.com>
[This refers to the idea of "ToasterNet", where all the household
appliances may one day be networked together. -spaf]
> Since the IETF I've been mulling over the idea of multi-stage access
> for things like thermostats and cat food dispensers. ...
Telephone: Ring! Ring!
Clerk: Hello, networks are us.
Man: Help, I need the SNMP management code for an American
Clerk: American Standard what? Router, bridge, brouter, lan?
Man: Look, I need to shut down my toilet! It's leaking all
over the place and I need the computer code to tell my
house to stop it!
Clerk: Why don't you just turn the water off?
Man: I'm in Los Angeles, my house is in Phoenix! My house
sent me a page telling me to read my E-Mail. The
E-Mail message said there's water on the bathroom floor.
I pinged the sink and the tub, and both of them say
they are off, but when I tried to telnet to the toilet,
it said all connections were in use!
This brings new meaning to the term, "Dropping packets all over the floor."
© 1993 Peter Langston