The Internet Multicasting Service was scheduled to demonstrate Internet mail etc. on the White House lawn yesterday (October 21, 1993) but at the last minute was told there would be no electrical power available. Making the best of it, Carl Malamud said: "We're pleased to announce that the White House demonstration we were planning, though slightly changed in execution from our original goals, made a form of technical history. Though our project proposal was approved for Internet connectivity, some slight logistical misunderstandings resulted in a decision by White House staff that no power would be available to any of the vendors, making operation of our computers a real challenge. We went ahead and made sure that our configuration would work both with and without power in our facilities and at other remote sites. The system worked beautifully but, due to the no-power requirement, during our actual installation we reverted to Plan B and installed the world's first Powerless LAN (pLAN). We're pleased to report that this pLAN worked and implementation was flawless. The boxes sat on the table and were able to do everything you would expect out of a computer with the power switched off. At this level of functionality, we successfully demonstrated interoperability between machines from Sun Microsystems, Persoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and many other leading firms in the computer and communications industries."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)