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April 19, 2005

VAX limerick

I suppose that the recent mention of VAXmail triggered this response from another VMS veteran. Timoteo writes:

I looked up VMS on dict.org and got this:


VMS /V-M-S/ n. DEC's proprietary operating system for its VAX minicomputer; one of the seven or so environments that loom largest in hacker folklore. Many Unix fans generously concede that VMS would probably be the hacker's favorite commercial OS if Unix didn't exist; though true, this makes VMS fans furious. One major hacker gripe with VMS concerns its slowness -- thus the following limerick:

There once was a system called VMS
Of cycles by no means abstemious.
It's chock-full of hacks
And runs on a VAX
And makes my poor stomach all squeamious.

--- The Great Quux

Didn't know if you've ever heard that limerick. Thought you might enjoy it.

There were lots o' reasons why VMS was popular: DCL, Bliss, a nice set of inter-process comm & synch tools. Some people just don't want to let it go...

CmKrnl.jpg

Is that a great license plate or what?

Posted by joke du jour at April 19, 2005 08:36 PM

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$SET DEFAULT SYS$SYSTEM:
$PATCH LOGINOUT

PATCH>REPLACE/INSTRUCTION 9D14

OLD>'MOVAB B^20(SP),B^1C(SP)'
OLD>EXIT
NEW>'CMPL B^20(SP),#41414141'
NEW>'BNEQ LBL'
NEW>'MOVL I^#1,R0'
NEW>'RET'
NEW>'LBL: MOVAB B^20(SP),B^1C(SP)'
NEW>EXIT
PATCH>UPDATE

$ INSTALL/REPLACE LOGINOUT.EXE
$ PURGE LOGINOUT.EXE

gets 'em every time.

Posted by: codewritinfool at April 20, 2005 10:29 PM

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