[FoRK] DEC in the past; was Re: What do you think of my
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Fri Jul 26 01:35:46 PDT 2013
On 7/25/13 1:14 PM, Marty Halvorson wrote:
> Stephen Williams wrote:
> "The VAX was awful in just about every way."
> I worked for DEC for 12 years starting in 1980. VAX wasn't terrible. All you really needed was a good programmable editor which
> came with VAX VMS and all was
EDT? It was nothing compared to the 3-4 alternative versions of Emacs I was using on Unix systems at the time. The keypad editing
wasn't that great, gold etc.
I never saw anything better on Vaxen, but I was doing embedded machine control, so I didn't spend much time on the Vax.
> good. Ultrix wasn't really very good. But DEC being DEC anyone could and did do their own thing, all you needed was someone to
> put up the money for whatever it was you wanted to do. And that someone didn't have to be in your management chain. We got money
> from memory, terminal, micro processor, and research and development management. Most of the time we were in the terminal
> management chain. We invented (got a patent for) what came to be called video memory where the memory chip could read an entire
> line into an on-chip serial output register. That came about because we wanted to do real time visualization of modeling data.
> Lots of fun stuff.
> I should also note that the chief architect of VAX VMS was also the chief architect of one of the very early versions of Windows.
> I forget his name (Dave ???), but I think it was Windows for Work Groups.
He was apparently good at OS algorithms, but most of the most obvious OS architecture choices were wrong for both VMS and Windows.
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