Life Lesson Number 9: Always confess to your VAXidents!
If you were told by your boss not to put your coffee on your terminal, don't do it. But if you do, and it spills, and you fry your terminal, be a man and admit it. (See Life Lession Number 5 in a previous post).
My college was always getting used computing equipment donations. Our biggest donor was Hershey Foods. In 1995 their H.B. Reese subsidiary (they make the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) replaced every VT100 terminal with brand new VT510's. Of course, at the time, the 510, which was a disk-less terminal, was actually more expensive then even an outdated IBM PS/2. Reese made us a simple deal...these terminals were already about 15 years old...we would drive up, test each terminal and load up those that we wanted on a UHaul and help them toss the ones we didn't want into a dumpster.
I pleaded with the VP of Computing to walk away from this deal. By the time we drove there, fired up each terminal, tested it, loaded up the good ones, drive them back in a UHaul with a rigid suspension...we'd be lucky to have one or two working terminals. Furthermore, these were antiquated technology. But the VP thought that a few spare VT's in each dormitory would be good for students to check email.
VT05 (introduced 1970),V100 (1978),VT220 (1983),VT510 (1993...the last year for the VT series of terminals)
I drove the 15 minutes to Reese in the UHaul and was presented with a palate of VT100's. I counted 220. Just kinda thrown on a pile. I spent the remainder of the day, and the following day, testing each terminal. There were 25 working terminals. So Reese got some free labor because I now had to toss the dead terminals into the dumpster. Each VT100 weighs about, I'd say, 65 pounds. And they are big and bulky.
So now I had to carefully load 25 VT100's into a UHaul and hope they would still work after making the trip back to school. They were terribly dusty and I couldn't stop sneezing. One of their techs suggested we carefully pack them on the palate, wrap them in bubble wrap and shrink wrap and then carefully place them in the UHaul with a forklift. I watched as they handled this for me...the least they could do since I carried the other 90% of the terminals to the dumpster already. Once loaded I carefully drove the UHaul back to school, avoiding as many central PA potholes as possible.
Now I had to unload them. The back of a UHaul in August is HOT. So I found a forklift at school and decided that I could probably figure out how to unload the pallet all by myself.
As you can imagine the net result was a pallet of old computing dinosaurs turned upside down on a loading dock. It was an accident (or VAXident) but I again had an unhappy VP. We managed to salvage 4 working VT100's. The remainder went in a dumpster.
That I loaded.
Life Less Number 10: So, how do you shutdown VMS?
I few posts back I told the story about how I did not know how to shutdown a VMS system. So the question remains, how do you shutdown VMS?
- milk your customers with outrageous licensing fees while you outsource product development for at least the last decade
- tell everyone to migrate to HPUX and buy new hardware and licensing. Then watch while every customer gets wise and just migrates to Solaris or Linux instead.
- complain that your product is losing you money due to structural shifts in the marketplace.
- discontinue the product without open-sourcing it. This dooms a viable product and screws your best, most loyal customers.
Oh, I'm sorry...did you want to know the "command" to shutdown VMS? That's easy
Kinda funny command isn't it?
You shutdown something with a dollar sign in it. That's HP for you lately...they shutdown any division that makes them dollars. And OpenVMS has a lot of big contracts that HP really should be milking.