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PDP-8 Rescue Road Trip
In July of 1996, John Wisniewski, Pat Jankowiak, and David Cathey made a road trip to St. Louis to recover a collection of PDP-8 systems and other hardware. This is the story of the trip. While this isn't OpenVMS related, it is showing dedication to Digital Equipment Corporation and the durability of the hardware they made.

HobbyistOne on March 19 2014 04:57 · 1 Comments · 2080 Reads · Print
There is life after OpenVMS
NewsSaw a reference to somone many in the OpenVMS community should know: Rich Marcello. Rich was common at many DECUS events and was the Vice President of Business Critical Systems. So what's he been up to lately?

It was a surprise to me, that Rich is also an accomplished musician and author. Not something I ever realized during those late evenings at DECUS talking technology with the VP's. You can check out some of his music on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/Marcellorich and it's very impressive work. He's go a new book coming out next year, so that will be worth a look.
HobbyistOne on December 04 2013 18:48
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Need a Doc Sec? Or a PDP 11 Clone?
HardwareA long-time DEC enthusiast in Dallas has a full VMS doc set circa 1990, plus a Plessy PDP 11 clone looking for a happy home.

If you know of one (and could come pick it up!), let me know and we'll arrange for the 'adoption'.
HobbyistOne on April 21 2013 08:50
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TECO Still Lives!
SoftwareWhile not a globally popular editor, it's definitely one with a proud following and useful features. If you'd like to continue to use TECO, especially in environments that were TECO-challenges, check this:

http://almy.us/teco.html

TECO is available for a wide variety of platforms, with a distribution for any likely desktop of choice!
HobbyistOne on October 21 2012 17:27
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Terry Shannon at DFWDays, Dallas TX, 1998
MembersI found an audio file of Terry Shannon when he spoke at the Dallas/Ft. Worth DFWDays in 1998. I thought that Hobbyists would find it interesting to hear Terry Shannon/Charlie Matco/Cedric Zool speak on the DEC/Compaq merger, Alpha Wildfire, IA64, and other OpenVMS related topics.

HobbyistOne on September 18 2012 17:57
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The new OpenVMS Hobbyist license registration is in place!
NewsThe OpenVMS Hobbyist Program now has a new licensing portal on the popular OpenVMS.org site. You can find the announcement here: http://www.openvms.org/stories.php?story=12/01/27/8782690

License registration is located at http://www.openvms.org/pages.php?page=Hobbyist

And check out part where is says "In addition, the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program offers kits containing OpenVMS Base O/S software and selected Layered Products via download." I know this is something that's been asked about on several occasions, and HP has finally taken it to heart. This should also allow the Hobbyist Program to provide a lot more Layered Products that previously available.
HobbyistOne on January 27 2012 09:38
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HP Bringing the Hobbyist Program In-House
NewsHP has decided to take ownership of delivering licenses for Hobbyist users, making it an official Customer Engagement function. As such, Hobby Licenses will no longer be available through this site. Details of the HP's delivery of licenses to Hobbyist Users is still under development and I hope that they will have an announcement soon.

I've been involved and hosting licensing for the Hobbyist Program for nearly 15 years. Hard to believe that it's been that long. And many of you have been around since the beginning. Few products in this industry have that kind of customer retention.

I'd really like to thank Pat Jankowiak and Mark Gorham for making the Hobbyist Program possible. Sue Skonetski and Stephen Hoffman for all their technical assistance over the years. Ian Miller, Bruce Claremont, and John Malmberg for helping admin the site. Thanks to all the various Chapters from around the world for their support. And of course, all the Hobbyists who have enjoyed the program.

And of finally, I would like to thank my colleague, my friend, and the Best Man at my wedding, John Wisniewski. He spent a lot of time convincing the Digital VP's that this was a good thing.

Here's to another 15 years!
David Cathey aka HobbyistOne

REI
HobbyistOne on January 25 2012 04:50
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HP OpenVMS Technical Update Days - Singapore 28th -29th April 2011
Dear OpenVMS enthusiasts,

Please join HP OpenVMS Technical Update Days for 2011.
During this 2-day event the OpenVMS engineering team and its partners will:

Address critical technical issues to help drive higher productivity
Discuss innovative solutions and best practices
Provide a Strategy Update for OpenVMS and HP Integrity Servers

OpenVMS Technical Update Days is also an ideal platform for networking with other OpenVMS users.

If you're interested, Register Now!
HobbyistOne on April 02 2011 10:43
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VMS Technical Journal v16
JournalDear VMS Enthusiasts,

Welcome to V16 of the OpenVMS Technical Journal. It is indeed a great pleasure in bringing this edition of the Technical Journal to all the VMS enthusiasts around the world. We trust that you will find all the articles informative and useful.

In VTJ v16, I am sure you will find all articles will be of interest to you. We have enlisted the articles in VTJ v16 below :

Archive Backup System and Data Protector: Leading OpenVMS Backup Solutions, Deepa R Shenoy
MIKADO, a Virtual VAX based on a Real-time Operating System, Dr. Robert Boers, CEO & Founder Stromasys
OpenVMS Guest Troubleshooting, Bhadresh Udani
OpenVMS RAD Support on Integrity Systems, Shyamalendu Sarkar, Durga Prasad and Narayanan
Data Encryption Using Archive Backup System, Nagendra Shastry

Click here read VTJ v16 http://h71000.www7.hp.com/openvms/journal/index.html

We would appreciate your feedback not only on this issue but the OpenVMS Technical Journal as a whole.

If you would like to submit an article for the next issue please click here. Thank you for your continued support, and a big thanks to all the authors who contributed for this edition of VTJ v16.

Warm Regards,

Sujatha
Global Lead - OpenVMS Customer Programs
HobbyistOne on March 17 2011 06:28
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OpenVMS - Doesn't mean "Unable to be Insecure"
SecurityGot pointed to this recent DEFCON presentation on OpenVMS. We're glad to see after all this time, there's still references to OpenVMS at DEFCON. The foray into the Lions Den by a group of Dallas folks is even mentioned in the talk. But, it's an excellent example that even one of the most secure operating systems can still be compromised by bad coding. And even from within OpenVMS Engineering. In particular, the TCP/IP team. Which managed to be bug-compatible with other similar functions. A very interesting talk.


My only critique of the session is "People still run 'finger' on OpenVMS?" Apparently so. A tip o' the hat to Dave Smith from the UK for letting me know about this.
HobbyistOne on February 09 2011 13:48
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Ken Olsen passed away Sunday, Feb 6th
JournalIt is with great sadness that I heard that Ken Olsen has passed away at age 84. He was surrounded by family and friends in Indiana. Ken Olsen started a revolution in the computer industry producing some of the finest and innovative products on the market. Even today, products built while he was at the helm of Digital Equipment Corporation are still running and functional. An era gone by of quality and durability which now seems all but a memory.

A memorial service is being planned at Gordon College in May to celebrate his life.

One of my favourite quotes attributed to Ken was when a reporter asked how many people worked at Digital, and Ken said "About half".
HobbyistOne on February 08 2011 17:34
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claireb
June 11 2014
Thanks. Not sure where the 1st request went, but I now have a PAK.

malmberg
June 10 2014
License keys usually show up in one business day. http://www.openvmshobbyis
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claireb
June 09 2014
It is nearly 2 weeks since I requested a PAK. Is this service still available through this site?

louis de sousa
May 23 2014
noooo you must not read from teh book!

malmberg
May 06 2014
You can get a membership number by signing up at Encompasserve.org.

autumn_belon
May 01 2014
How do you get a membership number? I'm a member now, but I don't see a number anywhere.

malmberg
April 01 2014
abfarm: VAX is limited to VMS 7.3. Alpha and Itanium are at 8.4.

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abferm
March 28 2014
Just got my licenses a couple hours ago. I needed to register on a different site because the main one is having issues. See this post if you are in the same boat: http://www.openvmshobbyis
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abferm
March 28 2014
I registered last Friday, and still haven't gotten mine.

Chihiro Takahashi
March 25 2014
I registered for licenses last week. How long should I expect to wait?

abferm
March 25 2014
I'm new to OpenVMS. Should I emulate Alpha or VAX?

abferm
March 25 2014
smiley That means I should get mine in the next day or 2!

ivanbarr
March 24 2014
NB I got my licenses Monday night smiley Happy camper.

ivanbarr
March 24 2014
I registered for licenses last Wednesday. How long should I expect to wait?

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