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PC's were just starting first being commonly connected. People were writing their own network stacks. Inevitably, someone would write a bad one, install it on a couple of machines, and a broadcast storm would result.
Which meant someone from our group would go over with a pair of sidecutters...
Even Windows Update give you that.
to the OP - yes, simcasting sucked this year, and last. Frito Lay seems to buy about half the airtime.