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You know you are an OpenVMS Bigot when:

  • PATCH is your favorite editor
  • Disciplining your kids is CMKRNL time
  • You know what INSQTI means
  • Delta and xdelta are your favorite debuggers
  • You expect upper and lower case to work the same way
  • You know what happened on November 17, 1858
  • You know that fork queue is not an insult
  • You believe a computer should handle more than one user at a time
  • You still measure performance in "VUPS"
  • You know that "Open" is a silent prefix
  • "System has become unstable" holds no real meaning for you
  • You know RMS does not maen "root mean square" or "Richard M. Stallman"
  • You think that a CLI is better than a GUI
  • You think the Pacific Northwest is still best known for its trees
pos on June 06 2008 16:08
You know what a BOOVERFLOW is
imiller on June 16 2008 04:41
you don't worry about your files when the power is cut
colinbutcher on June 19 2008 11:18
It's suggested that you reboot your system and your immediate reply is either "what's that?" or "why?".
bbeske on July 07 2008 06:54
Command line commands are something logical like "type" or "show" and not your dog's initials.
jlebel on January 27 2009 09:41
A cluster is a good thing
neilrieck on April 18 2009 03:27
When your OpenVMS systems keeping ticking while other corporate systems crawl due to infections from viruses and worms.
operagost on April 27 2009 08:23
Your system is ten years old, but it's running the latest version of the operating system and wouldn't even need to be upgraded if it wasn't for depreciation.
XTRAN_guru on June 08 2009 05:26
You've typed your initials into TECO command mode to see what it would do
ironbandit on June 12 2009 15:17
Butt, what happened to the extended HTML version of this?

Add this to the list as well:
You've fallen asleep waiting for a TK50 to load...
bootswitch on June 23 2009 06:48
You wax nostalgic about BACKUP and ... when trying to come up with a backup strategy on your stupid Linux system.
BALTAZAR MORALES on July 14 2009 10:07
Folks, I am new here. I have had VAX/VMS and Open VMS experience expanding more than 16 years. When surveyed as to which operating system I most preferred, naturally i chosed Open VMS. But alas, there are already very few Open VMS sites. I learned that telecoms (especially Verizon) is using Open VMS for text message handling. Is this true? I would like to get feedbacks on what unique sites are still using Open VMS (including those who are not saying so for security purposes). It just makes me feel good that there are still adherents to this wonderful OS. Thanks
jprigot on July 24 2009 12:44
You do better text processing in TPL than in EMACS.
roslynlea on August 19 2009 13:59
You prefer Digital Standard Runoff to MS Word as your document formatting software
Curtis Enerson on November 26 2009 08:13
you automatically allocate your acquaintances to the 4 areas, System, Owner, Group and World
yodat on April 03 2010 12:35
When asked what anti virus software you use, you say anti what?
Tim Lovern on September 16 2010 10:50
You remember the fields within a RAB better than your own kids names...smiley
thisisentchris87 on April 01 2011 14:49
You're fascinated with sharks.
nodisuser on December 17 2011 17:14
If you were a VMS sysadmin, you say a positive with double-negative.


Running BAD on DUA0 is really bad.
molotovmouse on December 15 2012 20:56
You get a chuckle when people talk about clustering linux servers.
douglasdenney on April 01 2015 02:35
You chuckle when IT admins comment on their server uptime - in days - and they are happy with it.
TomMynar on May 23 2016 12:47
TK50 is slow-how about loading TU58 on an 11/730 ? It takes about 30 minutes to read 256K of data. The TU58 used a serial interface, guessing they wanted to make sure it supported modems so I think it runs at 1200 baud.

I've had a VAX 4000 running for 471 days straight before the UPS died on it. I remember the first time I typed in "01-jan-2000" under VM 7.1 and it accepted the date with no problems.

JonathanBelanger on June 23 2017 07:33
You refuse to acknowledge Compaq or HP with regard to OpenVMS, VAX, and Alpha.
You believe that IA64 is an abomination.
You think that native X86-64 OpenVMS would actually be a positive for Intel (finally a real operating system on Intel).
Xenophore on October 01 2017 15:23
You need to write some documentation and your first impulse is to use DECdocument.
You still remember what TGV stood for other than a French train.
DTL on June 16 2019 05:30
You know that the code bar at the entrance of ZK read:
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August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

July 20 2022
Just re-visiting.. No more hobbyist licenses? Is that from vmssoftware.com, no 'community' licenses?

July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

February 12 2022
I recall that the disks failed on the public access VMS systems that included Fafner

January 03 2022
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

October 27 2021
Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

October 27 2021
I'm looking for DECdfs V2.4A kit for VAX. Asking here just in case anyone is still listening.

September 17 2021
At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

January 18 2021
New Hobbyist PAKs for VAX/VMS are no longer available according to reports. Only commercial licenses are reported to be for sale from HPE

January 16 2021
Can someone please point me to hobbyist license pak? I'm looking for VAX/VMS 7.1, DECnet Phase IV, and UCX/TCPIP ... have the 7.1 media, need the license paks ... thanks!

October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

September 05 2020
VSI community non-commercial licenses for AXP/IA64 are available now.

September 05 2020
See the forum about licensing. Don't know if HPE hobby licenses still being issued. Commercial licenses still being sold.

September 01 2020
I need the license for OpenVMS7.3. Where can I find them?

August 29 2020
Eisner, which is currently being moved, got an SSH update and the keys were updated to more modern encryption standards.

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