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bitnet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  BITNET  /bit'net/  n.,  obs.  [acronym:  Because  It's  Time  NETwork] 
  Everybody's  least  favorite  piece  of  the  network  (see  {the  network})  - 
  until  AOL  happened.  The  BITNET  hosts  were  a  collection  of  IBM  dinosaurs 
  and  VAXen  (the  latter  with  lobotomized  comm  hardware)  that  communicate 
  using  80-character  {{EBCDIC}}  card  images  (see  {eighty-column  mind}); 
  thus  they  tend  to  mangle  the  headers  and  text  of  third-party  traffic 
  from  the  rest  of  the  ASCII/{RFC}-822  world  with  annoying  regularity. 
  BITNET  was  also  notorious  as  the  apparent  home  of  {B1FF}.  By  1995  it 
  had  much  to  everyone's  relief,  been  obsolesced  and  absorbed  into  the 
  Internet.  Unfortunately,  around  this  time  we  also  got  AOL. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  BITNET 
 
    /bit'net/  (Because  It's  Time  NETwork)  An  academic 
  and  research  computer  network  connecting  approximately  2500 
  computers.  BITNET  provides  interactive,  {electronic  mail}  and 
  file  transfer  services,  using  a  {store  and  forward} 
  {protocol},  based  on  {IBM}  {Network  Job  Entry}  protocols. 
 
  Bitnet-II  encapsulates  the  Bitnet  protocol  within  {IP} 
  {packet}s  and  depends  on  the  {Internet}  to  route  them  BITNET 
  traffic  and  Internet  traffic  are  exchanged  via  several 
  {gateway}  hosts. 
 
  BITNET  is  now  operated  by  {CREN}. 
 
  BITNET  is  everybody's  least  favourite  piece  of  the  network. 
  The  BITNET  hosts  are  a  collection  of  {IBM}  {dinosaur}s  and 
  {VAXen}  (the  latter  with  lobotomised  communications  hardware) 
  that  communicate  using  80-character  {EBCDIC}  card  images  (see 
  {eighty-column  mind});  thus  they  tend  to  mangle  the  {header}s 
  and  text  of  third-party  traffic  from  the  rest  of  the 
  {ASCII}/{RFC  822}  world  with  annoying  regularity.  BITNET  is 
  also  notorious  as  the  apparent  home  of  {BIFF}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1994-11-29) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  BITNET 
  Because  It's  Time  NETwork  (network)