[rescue] what to do with a dec alpha 255

Phil Stracchino phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
Wed May 30 21:37:38 CDT 2007

Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> On Wed, 30 May 2007, stephen price wrote:
>> Cleaning out my last (gasp) offsite locker of "junk" - ran across a
>> dec alpha 255 desktop - was wondering if its worth keeping, if so -
>> what o/s (have tru64 4.0f-5.2) but no real need.  Maybe some other o/s
>> or maybe give it away.
> Use it for learning VMS.
> If you can be okay with VMS being very-much not Unix, it's a wonderful
> operating system in its own right.  Also, the stark differences in how
> it operates will give you a better feel for some things that you just
> took for granted while running Unix.

VMS is different in cool and interesting ways.  It had a versioning
filesystem HOW long ago....?

A friend of mine (now, sadly, deceased) once wrote a virus in DCL, just
to prove that it could be done.  He showed me the code on condition that
I did not distribute it.  It was brilliant in its sheer simplicity.

 It's not the years, it's the mileage.
 Phil Stracchino              phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
 Renaissance Man, Unix generalist, Perl hacker, Free Stater
 Landline: 603-429-0220                Mobile: 603-320-5438

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