Here are pointers to a few curious historical items concerning IBM's early networking and lack of success at coming to grips with the emerging Internet world, all absolutely genuine and unedited except to remove personal addresses and telephone numbers:

 

net_bakeoff.txt  -- a long (165K) and far-ranging discussion of networking within IBM, compared to the ARPANET, spanning a little more than the entire year 1980, carried on mainly between Jerry Saltzer (MIT) and me.

trip_report.txt -- the trip report written by Mike Engel, Dale Johnson and me of a screwy attempt by IBM to relocate us to Yorktown Research. It serves mainly as an epitaph for our effort to bring IBM into the emerging Internet world.

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030481_2.gif -- images of pages one and two of the letter sent by Mike Engel to IBM CEO John Opel, requesting a formal review ("Open Door") of IBM's decision to cancel our Internet initiative.

051581.gif -- an image of Mike Engel' follow-up letter to the above, complaining that IBM was being unresponsive and requesting a personal meeting with Mr. Opel to discuss the importance of the emerging Internet to IBM.

051981a.gif -- an image of John Opel's response to Mike Engel's first letter, supporting the decision to terminate our "VNET/ARPANET" project due to lack of "business potential."

060381.gif -- an image of John Opel's response to Mike Engel's second letter, denying any further review and refusing to meet in person to discuss the matter, technically violating IBM's Open Door Policy as loudly proclaimed by IBM back then.

031981.gif -- Dale Johnson's request to Thomas J. Watson, Jr.(who was still on IBM's board at that time), requesting his review of IBM's decision-making in canceling our effort to join IBM with the emerging Internet.

051981b.gif -- A rejection letter to Dale Johnson from John Opel (making three) in response to his request for review to Thomas J. Watson, Jr., above.

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091181_2.gif -- pages one and two of John Opel's "Management Briefing" giving glossy lip service to his and IBM's claim of management excellence.