I fell in love with VAX/VMS in college in 1985, then had the great good fortune to land a job (because I happened to have taken a course in Macro assembly programming) writing the software for the LVT Digital Image Recorder which used a slightly modified MicroVAX as its turnkey front-end system. I held that job for almost ten years and was very active on Usenet newsgroup comp.os.vms the entire time, where I helped some people and learned a tremendous amount.
I got pretty darned good at VMS application programming, system management, networking, and various esoteric byways and backroads. (For instance, I wrote DECwindows apps in Macro for several years, until my bosses relented and bought us C...) I never got as good as some people, though (Glenn Everhart and Joe Meadows spring to mind). A guy I worked with WAS on that godly level--he once wrote the beginnings of his own little OS that booted from a TK50 right onto the bare hardware in place of VMS... but I treated him badly and it came to an unhappy end. Walter, I'm sorry... Toward the end of that job we went over to OpenVMS Alpha--on the 1.5-1H1 pre-release!--but I never warmed up to it the way I had the VAX. No more Macro, no more Patch, no more Standalone Backup.... Half the cool stuff was gone. RISC? *YUCK* ;-)
After that job evaporated (thanks a LOT, Windows NT...) I went off to *nix world for a living, but acquired three MicroVAXes at various times to "keep my hand in." I was also able to do a little impromptu LVT support long after the company had folded, when a guy who'd bought a used one, ten years after my time, found my name in some command procedure comments and tracked me down to pick my brains. We're now good friends.
I think it was he who sent me a VAXstation 4000/60 (on which I, in turn, found a lady's name in some command procedure comments and tracked her down; we're good friends now too). Unfortunately, until last week I hadn't booted it since I moved in 2007. I'd long since forgotten everything I ever knew about VMS, so was ready to get rid of it, but couldn't bear the idea of "putting it to the curb." I tried to sign up here to post an ad to sell it or even give it away, but didn't find the account activation email until tonight.
--And now it's too late, because when I booted it up to assess its state, and gather its specs, for that ad, I found some long-lost files I decided I wanted back, which meant some fiddling to get an FTP server going... and it turned out that my HANDS remembered everything even if "I" didn't--and in one magical evening I was head-over-heels back in love. I'm not selling NOW!
I do need answers to a few problems, though, so I signed up anyway. Off to post my first question!
malmberg March 24 2018 Probably. More people hang out on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.
vaxpert March 23 2018 I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?
goodbyespy February 27 2018 To Prohorenko. Please, visit group OpenVMS in the ok.ru
peteherrera February 24 2018 How much does it cost to buy a complete OpenVMS hardcopy documentation set of the latest version
prohorenko February 17 2018 Please help to obtain the license on OpenVMS
malmberg December 12 2017 HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.
nmbonao December 08 2017 Is anybody knows OpenVMS 8.2 version downloadable version? or CD copy? Thank you very much
aarommes December 02 2017 Bitcoin and Blockchain enthusiasts ( plus distributed computing ) please connec / reply: http://www.openvmshobbyis t.com/forum/viewthread.ph p?forum_id=130&thread_id= 2991
malmberg September 10 2017 https://sourceforge.net/p /vms-ports/wiki/VMSInstal lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?
DoeveR August 07 2017 Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?
Bart March 20 2017 Happy to have found my password again!