Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

20 Apr 2007, 9:24 a.m.

Networking Layers

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Here are the networking documentation layers of interestingness/readability, from highest to lowest:

  1. Neal Stephenson
  2. Bossman Joel
  3. Conversation with knowledgable friend
  4. People on Ask Metafilter
  5. Wikipedia
  6. The book I'm reading
  7. Microsoft knowledge base
  8. RFC-type spec