Re: [midatlanticretro] Hello World
- I remember the "hello world" greeting. Anyway it's only an insult if you take it
as an insult. Congratulations, younger members, this is how you learn to do
the real engineering, by going back to the less complicated examples. You are
the ones that will make the really new computers because you understand the
On Mon, 6/24/13, Brian Schenkenberger, VAXman- <VAXman@...> wrote:
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Hello World
Date: Monday, June 24, 2013, 4:28 PM
"B. Degnan" <billdeg@...>
>> > Dave McGuire <Mcguire@...>
>> >> On 06/23/2013 10:06 PM, deestroyer39
>> >>> Hi everyone, my name is Henry (the
local Teen mentioned in Evan's
>> >>> Report for June 22). I just wanted to
introduce myself and I am very
>> >>> excited to get started helping with
the events and learning about
>> >>> retro computing.
>> >> New-blood geeks! Welcome!
>> > Paedogeek! Welcome!
>> At least it's not a pidogeek!
>What does that make my 9 year-old son? He's working
on a '60 Monroe
>calculator on the dining room table..
Paedo - combining form
indicating a child or children
Geek - The word geek is a slang term for odd or
with different connotations ranging from "a computer
enthusiast" to "a person heavily interested in a
hobby", with a
general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise
person, especially one who is perceived to be overly
I don't agree with the pejorative definition.
VAXman- A Bored Certified VMS Kernel Mode Hacker
Well I speak to machines with the voice of humanity.
- Thank you for your support of the vintage Computing environment well before I heard about your endeavor... My name is Ron Blechner affectionately known as Ron E B and I'm the newbie here. I live in South Jersey and have never
actually built a Vintage Computer but I think I may qualify as one of yous (yous is the South Jersey term for the southern YALL) since I've been integrating PDP systems since 1974. I worked for DEC for 17 years and then as a VMS consultant for a few more before landing a job at VARx. I work on ALL DEC
equipment and we in fact have service contracts and large customers.
That's what we do. What I do is lots of integrations including PDP and Micro
PDP/VAX systems. I still occasionally use micro fiche and a wire wrap tool
(wrapper). I support a site that actively uses 8" floppies and large
clients that use other relics of the computing world. Some refer to my work as archaic and primitive, I guess that makes me a PRImate. Don't get me wrong, I do high end stuff too like Enterprise servers running VMS 8.3 (2012), but I'm proud to say that I just recently acquired a VMS 4.7 (1987) disk and have the two systems talking. I know kids with parents 25 years their senior that they
can't communicate with; GO FIGURE...
I'm retiring in a few years so eventually I'm gonna pack up my toys and
move into my cave up in the Mts, where the NON ESD sensitive relics
will continue to function well into the future. I'll be using laptops as
sinkers in the fish holes I will frequent, and I'll drag a gutted 780 to plow
the fields. gotta love it...
RE: Ron E B barefoot in NJ...