Have you ever been eaten by a Grue? Then you've played Zork. But have you ever been trapped in a maze of cubicles? Then you need to play The Halls of ZK. A fun twist on the text adventure games where you get to wander the hallowed halls of Digital Equipment's ZK facility, the home of OpenVMS.
While Digital and ZK are no more, you can still relive the adventure of being there and old-school-cool games. If you don't have an OpenVMS system handy, you can even play it on-line. Source code is available for the extra adventurous, but don't use it to cheat!
In 1959, the PDP-1 made it's debut. It was the beginning of great things. And after watching the video, it's obvious that the PDP-1 monitor was the inspiration of the DECUS Logo. If you ever are in the area of Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, maybe you can drop by and see it.
Connect Worldwide has extended the early -bird registration deadline for the OpenVMS Boot Camp! Sounds like many of our European friends tend to have holidays about this time, so they didn't want anyone to miss it.
The OpenVMS Boot Camp features a variety of Keynotes:
The Future of VSI Multi-Vendor Storages
Business Value of VMS
VSI ISV Partner Solution
VIS - Company Strategy and Directions
New VSI TCP/IP
VSI Engineering Panel
In addition, there are over 50 break-out sessions, so there should be lots of interesting information to be found. I wonder if there will be a VMS Magic session?
For those that are still running Alpha's, there's good news. You're still loved! VMS Software has announced a evaluation kit for VMS V8.4-2 for all Alpha platforms. The kit comes with a free license good until September 30, 2016, after which you will have to use your real licenses or a Hobbyist license.
If you don't have an existing VMS 8.3 or later Alpha's running OpenVMS, this evaluation kit isn't for you, since it will only upgrade these systems. You can't install it from scratch.
Also note that Layered Products may not install on this version of OpenVMS, since they check for the "HP" producer, and this installation has a producer of "VSI". See the release notes for hints that may help with some of these issues,
The 2015 OpenVMS BootCamp is open for registration. If you are looking to get some of the latest information about OpenVMS, this is the place to be. The BootCamp is full of hour long sessions covering a wide variety of OpenVMS topics like Database, Network, Programming, Storage, Hardware, Migration, Security, and System Management. Your Speakers are from VMS Software, Inc and many other companies that provide OpenVMS products, support, consulting.
There is also a Silent Auction of VMS Memorabilia benefiting the Future Leaders of Technology Scholarship Fund.
OpenVMS BootCamp is on Sept. 27th through 30th at the Radisson Nashua Hotel, New Hampshire.
I 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.
Due 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.
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.