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  • The inventor of the Ethernet networking system and founder of the 3Com corporation has risked his considerable reputation by publicly predicting a "gigalapse" -- in which a billion hours of access time are lost -- by the end of the year.

    The Internet Crash Scare

  • When you get down to it, even if Bob Metcalfe's rough beast of a gigalapse does arrive, it really doesn't portend doom for the Internet.

    The Internet Crash Scare


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  • 'In December, 1995, Bob Metcalfe wrote a famous column for InfoWorld in which he predicted that the Internet would suffer "gigalapses" at some point in 1996. According to his scenario, the massive traffic of the time was building like a wave about to break on the unsuspecting villagers who had just begun to rely on this "Internet" thing for e-mail and some primitive web browsing. Fantastic failures would be the norm as overloaded networks struggled to push the bits along.'

    December 19, 2007