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A couple of DS20s need a home
HardwareI have a couple of DS20s that my last employer abandoned. They were configured in a cluster on a san and have fiber cards installed. I bought some new (second hand) disks on ebay but don't have the time to put together. I am in CT but can travel some bit to a good home. I also have some distributions and manuals.
hayes1966 on April 21 2015 06:45 · 0 Comments · 885 Reads · Print
OpenVMS License Registration Move
SoftwareDue to the many happenings at OpenVMS.org, mainly being that it's down for maintenance, refreshing, revamping, rehosting, and such, the OpenVMS Hobbyist License Registration has changed locations. Now, it's being fully hosted on HP's servers for extra convenience.

You can get your licenses at HP's OpenVMS Hobbyist Registration page.

We hope that OpenVMS.org will be back better than ever soon!
HobbyistOne on April 21 2015 06:39
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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
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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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malmberg
August 28 2015
I do not think that e-mail is a feature of this forum. Sign up for a free Encompasserve.org account, it will provide you with a membership number.

tolcherme
August 28 2015
How do I subscribe to a forum - would like email notification of new posts. I'm sure this must be possible just can't see how. Thanks

shinta4ever
August 25 2015
When I go to the HP's OpenVMS Registration, what chapter and membership number do I use?

colinbutcher
August 17 2015
ES45 quad-CPU, 8GB, various IO cards available. Free to genuine hobbyists. Must collect. Bristol, UK. Call me if interested. www.xdelta.co.uk Cheers, Colin.

murraybay
April 04 2015
thanks for posting my pic, appreciate it...

malmberg
March 27 2015
I will have to ask hobbyist-one about that. I can not find any way for users to set up a poll.

maveri
March 24 2015
How about updating the Poll and doing one with an option of how many people will be staying with OpenVMS now that VSI have taken over the reigns?

malmberg
February 23 2015
I have notified the site operator that the files are corrupt. They are blank for me also.

sivia
February 20 2015
Re: corrupted installation guides. Both the VAX and the Alpha installation guides are blank. I tried downloading them from http://www.openvmshobbyis
t.com/downloads.php?cat_i
d=2 (the Alpha is


malmberg
January 25 2015
What URL are you getting the installation guides from?

sivia
January 15 2015
Is the installation guide for OpenVMS Alpha Hobbyist corrupted? It, like the VAX version, comes up blank when I try to read it from the webpage or save the file and then bring it up in Acrobat Reader

malmberg
December 20 2014
See the thread for requesting license keys: http://vmshobbyist.com/fo
rum/viewthread.php?forum_
id=20&thread_id=2260


bbramlett
December 17 2014
Using what method?

malmberg
December 16 2014
People have reported success in just requesting licenses without a membership number while Encompasserve.org is down.

bbramlett
December 15 2014
Are there any User Groups left in which I can join to get a membership number?

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