Back in 1989, I ran a group of product reviewers that spanned the country. We didn’t have the cache of a big lab in our offices, but I was able to cobble together from existing labs — mostly university classrooms filled with PCs — to do some testing. One of the more significant tests were to compare the real-world performance of Ethernet, IBM Token Ring and ARCnet topologies. We found Ethernet tops, but mainly because of the way the Novell engineers wrote their drivers. Here are some of the stories (sorry for the photos, I will try to make better copies).