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    I remember the first day of a LAN party in the ‘90s always being spent re-crimping coax and figuring out which terminator was broken or which NIC was spewing electrical noise onto the link or which segment of coax wasn’t working properly. The first LAN party after we’d moved to UTP cabling. We spent an hour installing new NICs and properly crimping some cables, plugged them into a hub, and almost everything worked. The hub lights told us which cables didn’t work, so we cut off their ends and re-did them. We were ready to go a bit over an hour after the start. The second one, we just plugged the existing cables into a hub and everything worked (we got a switch shortly after that and then things got faster).

    This post has been a gentle reminder of how much better living in the future is, thank you!