Rob, you cannot 'steal' data signals from fiber by putting a coil of fiber against the outside wall, you actually must have a connection to it. :-)

I just downloaded the latest 6.1.1 re-spin yesterday and averaged 6,000KB for the disk, I saw 7,000KB at times. It was truly just minutes for the entire disk. IBM has an OC-192 class connection to Boulder (that's 10Gb for those who don't do OC math ) and a similar connection in Dublin.

- Larry

On 10/10/2012 11:19 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Um, faster? Really? I've had disc's arrive before downloads finished.
But we only have a sonnet fiber ring right outside our door to attach to
the internet. (I suspect it's IBM that's slow.)

When you are in a stressful situation and need to boot from disc it really
helps to put the CE's mind at ease to use a genuine IBM disc to do it. At
that time I really don't want a finger pointing at me that the problem is
my media.

Granted, back in the tape days, ordering PTF on media was a nice way to
get tapes for small backups. I think IBM figured that one out and really
shut down ordering PTF's on tape.

Rob Berendt

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