Long ago (at least in terms of the history of electronic data processing) having two computers at the same time was something you read about in science fiction novels. As systems became more common, the time eventually arrived when a company or university would have two computers. The need then arose that data be exchanged between the two machines. This was the beginning of SNEAKER-Net (Slow, Non-Electrical Activity, Keeping Everyone Running), which was developed in the 1950s. With SNEAKER-Net, the technician copied data onto a tape or other media and, using his sneakers, ran the tape over to the other machine to be loaded. In many organizations, SNEAKER-Net is still employed today as this is often the only type of network some people think they can afford.