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Nostalgic hobbyist finds multiple uses for OpenVMS

  When the HP OpenVMS systems at my workplace were decommissioned, I managed to rescue a DEC2000 (Jensen), a VAXstation 3100, plus some BA350s and RZ29Bs from the disposal bins. I still run software that I developed in the mid-1980s on them (an Xmodem file transfer program, cross assemblers, etc. for 6502, SC/MP, and Z80 8-bit microprocessors).

The AlphaStation was my Windows NT workstation and now runs HP OpenVMS 7.3-1 24 hours a day, seven days a week on my home network. It is primarily a file and print server for both my PC and laptop (using Samba and Multinet's TCP/IP Hobbyist licenses). It also contains an archive of disk images of all my eight-inch Control Program for Microprocessors (CP/M) floppy disks—which I still access via the SIMH AltairZ80 simulator. It also permits me to tinker with the nostalgic programs I wrote as an undergraduate under Resource Sharing Time Sharing Extended (RSTS/E), again using SIMH.PDP-11 emulation.

The DEC2000 lives in my office at work and lets me have native HP OpenVMS access to my old files and e-mail archives. I also use it to make use of my Text Editor and Corrector (TECO) and EVE/TPU editing skills when I get a data file that I can't edit using UNIX vi (or is it just because I refuse to learn how to do this under UNIX?).

The HP OpenVMS Hobbyist Program is priceless! Thanks HP!

— Tony Nicholson