Many things

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Fri Jan 28 23:28:47 2005

> > I wonder what percentage of classic systems insists on real terminals vs.
>> terminal emulation.
>I've found so many bugs in certain so-called 'VT100 Emulators' (not
>running on any of my machines, I hasten to add!) that I feel the only
>thing I can actually trust to work on a PDP11 or VAX is a real DEC
>terminal. At least I like to have them around to determine if
>mis-formatted output is due to problems on the DEC side or yet another
>bug on the PC side...
>That said, I do find terminal emulators useful. I use my HP95LX Palmtop
>as a 'pocket terminal' when sorting out a minicomputer. It's easier to
>stick that on top of the CPU cards than find somewhere to balance a VT52
>:-) . I like ot have some kind of terminal emulator, even just a dumb
>teletype one, on every machine with a keyboard, display, and RS232 port.

I've yet to find a terminal emulator for Mac OS X that does accurate
VT100 emulation. I've found a couple that come fairly close, but
they always seem to fail to support one feature or another that I
feel that I need (usually the keypad, which I absolutely do need).
The closest I've managed to come is an XTerm when I run X-Windows
with a custom .Xmodmap.

I have a VT420 that's plugged into my OpenVMS and Unix server's
consoles, and I have another in another room that is the Console for
my PDP-11's. My problem is I don't really have room on my desk for a
VT420 :^( Still, thanks to having to replace my old monitor, I might
find almost enough room if I were to do a little careful rearranging.
I really miss having a VT420 connected to a DECserver next to my desk
that I can use for normal interaction with my VMS system.


| Zane H. Healy                    | UNIX Systems Administrator |
| (primary)    | OpenVMS Enthusiast         |
|                                  | Classic Computer Collector |
|     Empire of the Petal Throne and Traveller Role Playing,    |
|          PDP-10 Emulation and Zane's Computer Museum.         |
|                     |
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