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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Cheese

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Location: The Frog & Hounds
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Posted on March 14 2016 04:33
I guess it would be polite to introduce myself.

I've worked with VMS on and off since first encountering it at college: their main computer systems at the time were a herd of Vax/VMS systems. I still recall wondering what the curious-sounding "introduction to VMS" was on my first timetable! Of course from that point on I was hooked. The "college" in question was Hatfield Poly, now the University of Hertfordshire, though I still think of it as the former. It also had a couple of PDP-10s (unimaginatively named BLUE and ORANGE) though sadly I never took the opportunity to get to know them especially well.

I was Vaxless after leaving until working for DEC between 1992 and 1996: not quite by intent, they'd bought the chunk of Philips I was working for at the time. I was initially quite excited, though sadly this was the post-Olsen era when Bob Palmer was asset-stripping the company so things weren't quite the same. But before I sound too negative, there was still a great community of very talented people and some very exciting technologies.

Since then, I've acquired a VaxStation 3100/m76 (sadly it's a bit poorly now: the serial connector used for the keyboard or console doesn't work properly) which had been scrapped and a 4000/60 which I actually bought myself. I haven't used either in many years: hopefully there's still some data left on their HDDs, but even if the worst has happened, the hobbyist programme means I can start over. smiley

- Christine (a.k.a Chris Hedley way back).
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Posted on March 15 2016 02:18
Take a look at SimH VAX. You can use it to host a virtual VAX under Windows or Linux.
Author RE: Cheese

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Posted on March 24 2016 01:05
I think SimH is an awesome piece of programming, but there's nothing quite like running the actual hardware. Nothing quite like receiving a scary electricity bill for it either! smiley
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