transact vpn- vapourware private network

Bob Edwards Robert.Edwards at
Sat Jun 29 22:21:20 EST 2002

Matthew Hawkins wrote:
> Bob Edwards (Robert.Edwards at wrote:
> > For people trying to make a decision to get TransACT based on the
> > availability of the free p2p, it is quite difficult. Should they subscribe
> > now to get the free installation (whilst it is available in their suburb)
> > or wait until someone in TransACT gets a clue and makes the free p2p
> > service work.
> You'd think if they were having such technical difficulties they'd hire
> some people who have done VPN connections before and have at least half
> a clue about it.  I'd like to hope that employment contracts with ANU
> for example wouldn't preclude clued network people from assisting, or
> perhaps TransACT could approach local tertiary institutions with good
> reputations to assist them.  Not quite sure how you'd architect such a
> system but it sure sounds like an interesting assessable project.
> Maybe I'm oversimplifying the problem but it sounds to me like they have
> or will lose more money than it would have cost them to get people to
> fix it.
> --
> Matt

I'm certain it isn't a technical problem. I'm certain that it is a
marketing/management problem. Someone in TransACT is trying to sell
these overpriced VPNs and I don't think they will be able to once
they have the free p2p network running (other than by hobbling the
data rate of the free p2p).


Bob Edwards.

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