V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
Because It's Time NETwork (network)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
/bit'net/ (Because It's Time NETwork) An academic
and research computer network connecting approximately 2500
computers. BITNET provides interactive, electronic mail and
file transfer services, using a store and forwardprotocol, based on IBMNetwork Job Entry protocols.
Bitnet-II encapsulates the Bitnet protocol within IPpackets and depends on the Internet to route them. BITNET
traffic and Internet traffic are exchanged via several
BITNET is now operated by CREN.
BITNET is everybody's least favourite piece of the network.
The BITNET hosts are a collection of IBMdinosaurs,
VAXen (with lobotomised communications hardware), and Prime
Computer supermini computers. They communicate using
80-character EBCDIC card images (see eighty-column mind);
thus, they tend to mangle the headers and text of
third-party traffic from the rest of the ASCII/RFC 822
world with annoying regularity. BITNET is also notorious as
the apparent home of BIFF.