In the history of computer networking, I feel Taylor is not given as much credits as he deserves for his contributions in making computer networking a workable idea. His predecessors dedicated their time and government funding to developing time-sharing, graphics, and interractive computing.
From his first day in office, he made it clear that he didn’t like having to log on to three computers with different procedures. He found this irksome. He then realised that duplication was not the only obstacle in computer reliability—the researchers across the country were demanding expensive computers at their centres. This is what pushed Taylor to champion computer networking to cut the cost through resource-sharing.
The evolution of internet was not born out of interlectual curiosity. It resulted from Taylor’s desire for efficiency and eficacy. I wanted to be significant knowing that he was not going to be there for a long time. He employed his negotiating funding with ease. As a good manager, he knew how to get the right people to work for him. He knew Roberts was the best for ARPA, and he made sure he got him. All in all, Taylor was more of a manager than a technician, and he delivered.