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Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

John Brown (no body) Silver badge

"I recall my first "PC" job involving a lettings agency with a coax cable network where just a careless touch with a foot would bring the whole network down,"

My own experience of that was that only the users upstream of the break lost their connection. Depending on the network server, eg Novel, the only way to get the affected users back on line after fixing the break was to re-boot the server so everyone else still connected had to log out anyway.

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