God Rest Ye Merry Network Fans

To the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

God rest ye merry network fans
Let nothing you dismay
They just announced DECnet Phase III
It takes up 80 K!
It Routes, and Hops and Multidrops
Your packets on their way.

Refrain:
Oh, bad tidings! congestion and line cost!
Packets can be lost!!
Oh, glad tidings, we’ll dump it all on HOSS!

It started out with old Phase I
But no one gave a hoot!
We added stuff; It’s called Phase II
But yet it could not route.
Phase III came out; it does it all
It takes two 10’s to boot!

Refrain:
Oh bad tidings! congestion and line cost!
Packets can be lost!!
Oh, glad tidings, we’ll dump it all on HOSS!

Their names’ the same, you know them all
There’ NICE, NETACP.
There’s new ones too, like RMT
File Spooler, EVP.
They’ve all grown up, they’re twice their size
Have fun installing these!!

Refrain:
Oh, NO! NETGEN can really be a chore!
Running out of core!
Oh, Oh! Routing, it really gives you more.

Author: Bob Bradley from DEC archives

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