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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA
ddsnyder
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Posts: 15
Location: BUTLER, PA
Joined: 03.12.06
Posted on October 25 2008 15:43
I finally decided to come out of the shadows and at least introduce
myself. I've lurked in many of the newgroups, reading or searching for
answers.

I've been a VMS user since 1984, starting with MicroVMS something on a MicroVAX I. Progressed to VAX 750 and 785 and then for a very brief time left for the wonderful world of PC's. Came back in when VAX 4000's were very popular and Alpha's were just coming into popularity. In all this time it took the experience with PC's to make me realize that VMS was engineered from the beginning and has evolved gracefully. As time has told VMS was engineered by people with I believe great foresight.

My work is in the Steel Industry where VMS is still very active as I now see HP Integrity systems deployed. Many of my customers still use VAXen and Alphaservers for every day mission critical applications, where failure is not an option.

Seem to have a habit of not being capable to allow VAX and Alpha systems to be scrapped via the dumpster so I bring them home to live out their "lives" with someone who admires their design. I have been posting photos on this site of some of the machines in my home.

I have so far rescued or bought: (in order of acquisition)

2 - MicroVAX 3800 (Process line data collection)
2 - DEC 3000-300 (Alpha) (Process line data collection)
2 - Alphastation 500 (333 & 400MHz) (CAD)
1 - Alphastation 200/166 (Process Line L2)
1 - Alphastation 250/266
1 - AlphaPC XL300
1 - Alphaserver 400/233
1 - Alpha PWS 600AU
2 - XP1000
1 - Alphaserver 800/500 (ran BARCO software, Avery Labels)
1 - Alphaserver 1000/233 (Warehousing software using Oracle)
1 - Alphaserver 1000A/400
1 - Alphaserver 1200 (Credit Union)
1 - Alphaserver DS20 (rescued from a BSD user put VMS on to heal)
2 - Alphaserver 4100/533/466 (ran ERP software)
2 - Alphaserver ES40/833/667 (from ORNL and Canadian Municipality)
3 - Vaxstation 4000VLC (Hospital)
1 - Vaxstation 3100-M76
1 - AlphaPC XL266

I think I need help...

I have no favorites, at some point every year I have one of them powered up for nostalgia reasons or to answer some burning question with VMS.. maybe the XP1000's and the 833MHz ES40.
Author RE: Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA
brad
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Location: Hopedale, MA USA
Joined: 15.12.05
Posted on October 26 2008 03:43
ddsnyder wrote:
[...]
I have so far rescued or bought: (in order of acquisition)

2 - MicroVAX 3800 (Process line data collection)
2 - DEC 3000-300 (Alpha) (Process line data collection)
2 - Alphastation 500 (333 & 400MHz) (CAD)
1 - Alphastation 200/166 (Process Line L2)
1 - Alphastation 250/266
1 - AlphaPC XL300
1 - Alphaserver 400/233
1 - Alpha PWS 600AU
2 - XP1000
1 - Alphaserver 800/500 (ran BARCO software, Avery Labels)
1 - Alphaserver 1000/233 (Warehousing software using Oracle)
1 - Alphaserver 1000A/400
1 - Alphaserver 1200 (Credit Union)
1 - Alphaserver DS20 (rescued from a BSD user put VMS on to heal)
2 - Alphaserver 4100/533/466 (ran ERP software)
2 - Alphaserver ES40/833/667 (from ORNL and Canadian Municipality)
3 - Vaxstation 4000VLC (Hospital)
1 - Vaxstation 3100-M76
1 - AlphaPC XL266

I think I need help...
[...]


Welcome! I can help!!! Just send me the DS20 and ES40, in plain brown wrappers. No one need know, and you'll be relieved of the misery which your addiction entails.

Seriously, though, quite a nice collection!
http://www.turquoisewitch.com/~bradh
Author RE: Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA
HobbyistOne
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Posts: 126
Location: Plano, TX
Joined: 20.02.08
Posted on October 26 2008 05:05
Wow, that's a pretty impressive collection! Do you have pics? I think it would be great to showcase some of that hardware in the Galleries!
Author RE: Collection Photos
ddsnyder
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Posts: 15
Location: BUTLER, PA
Joined: 03.12.06
Posted on October 26 2008 12:42
I've sent a few so far. Sent three this past week, have not seen them
in the Photo section yet..

I'll send more. I think I was inspired by Mr Vaxman in NJ with his
VAX Cave.. But really, I was not able to let any of them go to the
recyclers.
Author RE: Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA
imiller
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Posts: 277
Location: UK
Joined: 24.02.06
Posted on October 28 2008 01:58
I'm glad to hear OpenVMS on HP Integrity Servers are being deployed in the steel industry.

It's a fine collection. I guess you don't need any other form of heating. Power up the ES40 and enjoy :-)
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
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LouF91
April 05 2018
ah maybe they love that!

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
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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!

pintero
March 16 2017
peteherrera. Agreed.

peteherrera
March 04 2017
It would be nice to be able to buy the lastest hardcopy full OpenVMS docset at a very reduced price through the Hobbyist program. smiley

malmberg
February 05 2017
Decus > Connect > Encompass<Country>

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