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