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Author Another Old-Timer Returns

Posts: 2
Joined: 04.03.15
Posted on March 04 2015 15:41
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!
Author RE: Another Old-Timer Returns

Posts: 13
Joined: 16.02.15
Posted on March 13 2015 21:09
Welcome, it's a shame this place is basically a ghost town.
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