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Author Never properly introduced myself here

Posts: 8
Location: Virginia Piedmont
Joined: 06.02.08
Posted on October 09 2008 06:46
I've been monitoring the forums here for a good while but have only posted twice, and never introduced myself.

I'm a long time VMS user/system manager/programmer--started all of these c. 1982 when I was early in my career and working for Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA.

I started out on a 96 Kbyte PDP-11/45 running RSTS/E V5 in college (Cal State, Hayward), programming in Basic-Plus (pretty much the only choice at the time.) Once V6.x arrived with the RSX and RT runtime systems, I began programming a lot in Macro-11 and Fortran as well. I also worked as a lab assistant in the campus computing lab and did some programming for the CDC 3150 and the Cyber 174, picking up some APL, LISP, SNOBOL, COMPASS, PL/I, PASCAL, etc., along the way, some on my own, some in class.

My first real job was also programming PDP-11's, now running real RT-11, RSX-11M, RSX-11S, and later 11M-Plus, at Lockheed Martin. We did some interesting projects in real time control systems with closed loop feedback, and I learned the internals of the RSX-11M family and wrote drivers and other OS level code. I used DECUS C for several of the software packages I did on this project, but also a lot of Macro-11 and Fortran 77, and even a little bit of APL-11.

A few years later I changed projects and worked with RSX and shortly thereafter VMS, and also (again) CDC Cybers. I learned a lot about VMS internals and system programming, and a little about the same aspects of the Cyber (boy, talk about major differences in architecture!)

I stayed with Lockheed Martin for 19 years, almost all of them with VMS on the VAX and, later, early Alpha systems. I've since worked VMS at Raytheon in McLean, VA, and at Booz Allen Hamilton in Chantilly, VA.

Recently I had to find another project due to funding issues, so I've moved to the BAH McLean campus and am working exclusively with Windoze. Though I don't like MS much, the project itself is an enjoyable one and I still have my hands on the actual equipment every day.

I have a DS10 Alpha at home running VMS V8.3, though I've been too busy to do anything real with it for a few months. Also I occasionally run a simh VAX on my Mac OS X system and a PersonalAlpha on my wife's laptop.

I have a VMS hobbyist blog at http://galens-vms.blogspot.com. It isn't very active but some of you might find of interest my experiences getting a Radeon graphics card working. If you're interested in awk I also have a few comments there about things I've been doing with it on VMS the last few years.

Over the last 15 years or so you may have seen some of my posts on comp.os.vms or the VMS ITRC forum. It's been too long since I've contributed anything significant there but I hope to be more active once I have some more time with my DS10 and/or simh VAX.

I'll be glad to contribute here, too, if I can be of help to anyone somehow or provide the occasional lame joke or really bad pun. smiley
Author RE: Never properly introduced myself here

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Posted on October 14 2008 03:55
*waves from the cheap seats*
Hello :-)
Author RE: Never properly introduced myself here

Posts: 8
Location: Virginia Piedmont
Joined: 06.02.08
Posted on November 12 2008 05:48
Still haven't had/made time to do much with my home VMS systems. But now that my job no longer involves VMS, I'm in serious need of a fix and may have to burn some time and watts on VMS just to settle down the jitters. smiley
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