The more I like my VAX, the more I hate Compaq...

From: R. D. Davis <>
Date: Thu Jun 8 09:35:51 2000

On Wed, 7 Jun 2000, Zane H. Healy wrote:
[seth wrote:]
> >It sounds like he's just installed the standard OpenVMS 7.2 hobbyist
> >distribution. I've never installed "Real" VMS, so I'm not sure what the
> >procedure to get DECwindows running on it is, but this works for the
> >hobbyist setup.

Alas, real VAX/VMS no longer exists, it's name has been castrated by
the marketing goons to sound like yet another bizdroidish name... the
thought of seeing the string "OpenVMS" on my VT240 is nowhere near as
much fun as seeing "VAX/VMS." Does anyone know where I can get a
complete V5.4 or so VAX/VMS distribution on TK50s or TK70s? I don't
need DECwindows, BTW.

...that is, if I can get my TK70 working. One of the TK70's lights
blinks briefly when the system is powered on, then nothing, and I can't
insert a tape into the drive.

> Actually I suspect that URL might not be around much longer, as I've
> noticed that now works.

How did Compaq expect to do as well as they could have by buying DEC
when they destroyed DEC? When I think of Compaq, I think of those
poorly designed IBM type toy PC kludges, not nicely designed hardware
that's useful and fun to play with as I did when I thought of DEC.
It's obvious that the microsoft virus has infected the brains of those
who run Compaq, and who've run DEC into the ground.

R. D. Davis             
Received on Thu Jun 08 2000 - 09:35:51 BST

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