Testing Your Destination Imagination

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by PCWorld's Editors

Top Deals On Great Products

Picked by Techconnect's Editors

Network World Test Alliance partner Joel Snyder posted this photo to his Facebook page over the weekend with the caption: "Seen at Rome Ostiense station ... From the destination, I'm guessing that this must be a private train."

At which point the network/train humor from Snyder's friends became unstoppable (names removed for lack of permissions ... and to protect the guilty):

"Did you try pinging it? I wonder what the 'round trip time' is like."

"Let's at least hope the train is on its own collision domain."

"Traceroute? Great opportunity to find out firsthand what it's like to be encapsulated ... but do they really only accept a CRC for the fare?"

"Bet it goes through an IPSec tunnel."

"It is more like a GRE tunnel than an IPSEC one."

"Watch out for the twisted conductors ... they are apparently full of crosstalk if they don't like how you pass other passengers getting on and off."

You want to play, you know you do.

(Update: Had to pass along this comment about the picture left on Digg: "So the Internet IS just a bunch of tubes.")

Welcome regulars and passersby. Here are a few more recent Buzzblog items. And, if you'd like to receive Buzzblog via e-mail newsletter, here's where to sign up .

2010's 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries.

Why the need for IPv6? Vint Cerf keeps blaming himself.

Microsoft wants to know if my computer is possessed.

IMDb turns 20, takes stroll down memory lane.

10 reasons to fear Google's self-driving car.

Bank of America is holding my online accounts hostage.

Linus Torvalds is now an American citizen.

Fly on the wall says Apple made Newsday kill funny iPhone app ad.

An example of why cell phones do not belong in public bathrooms.

Kindle owner on her continuing love of 'real' books.

Pizza lovers suffer information theft from Hell.

This story, "Testing Your Destination Imagination" was originally published by Network World.

Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon