There's a lot more to making the internet a global phenomenon than two tin cans and a very long string. For the past 150+ years, cable engineers have dealt with outsized egos, third-world politics, crooked fishermen, spies, sharks, earthquakes, and, oh yeah, the laws of physics in order to help you get your Dr. Who and anime torrents from one side of the ocean to the other. Learn why "dope" isn’t a drug, and why "slack" isn’t a religion. And find out why the law of leaky abstractions sometimes does, in fact, actually leak.

Chris Woodfield has been flinging bits around the globe since the late ’90s, from humble beginnings working the night shift at a long-forgotten ISP to his current gig as a network engineer with Twitter!. A recent transplant from the East Coast, he’s still getting used to family calling at 6am Pacific time.

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