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By Captain Tenille (Wed Jul 21, 2004 at 06:45:14 AM EST) (all tags)
Blugh. There really should be some sort of caveman icon for what I'm about to discuss.


Misery and Woe: Yup, I've been playing around with Hercules again lately -- specifically, trying to get VM/370 working right. It's actually a lot easier to use than MVS, but MVS has more user-written documentation available, whereas all I can really find for VM/370 is scans of ancient manuals. There's some stuff for z/VM and VM/ESA floating around, but a lot of that stuff isn't relevant for the more ancient OSes. I figured out how to edit files at least, and making my way around CMS all right, but IPLing MVS, accessing DOS (no, it's a different DOS), or adding users and defining new machines is still eluding me. Oh, and getting OS/VS1 to work. I can get that to IPL on its own, but it wants some input defined, and I don't have a remote clue what it's looking for.

Goddamn you, IBM, for not making more modern OSes available for hobbyists. All the people who know this stuff are going to be dead before to long.

Trip: Yup, I'm going on a trip soon. I'll be getting on a plane for the first time in seven years (somehow, I just never go anywhere), and will be leaving the state of WA for the fourth time in those seven years. Since the other three times I've left the state, I've gone to Portland, OR, I'm not sure that counts. Portland's an awful lot like WA, just without sales tax and a lot of strip clubs and video poker everywhere.

Anyway, I'll be in lovely Maine at the end of the month. I'll see what I can do about getting down to Boston.

SPECIAL BONUS: I'm too lazy to find or link to any pictures, but my daughter turned six months old on the 13th, and she just keeps getting cuter and bigger. Olympia people can vouch for this.

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Demands by duxup (6.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jul 21, 2004 at 06:51:55 AM EST
I demand photos of your 6th month old spawn!

All the people who know this stuff are going to be dead before to long.

Oddly enough I talk to people who I believe know that stuff and work on it on a regular basis.  That's not to say that I know it (equipment I support works on a lower level).  There's plenty of them out there still alive and working for the big old banks mostly.
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photos, etc. by Captain Tenille (6.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jul 21, 2004 at 07:11:02 AM EST
I'll get some photos up soon enough, don't worry. I'm just lazy lazy lazy.

In re: That Stuff: I know there are people that know it out there. I've just noticed that an awful lot of them are in their 40's and 50's now. I think I'm one of the youngest people to ever have fired up any of these old mainframe OSes in Hercules. I've seen postings from people younger than me running hercules, but they're interested in running Linux/390 in it. I guess that's kind of interesting, but Linux/390 is not vastly different from any other Linux. Running Linux under an eumulator running on Linux is a waste of time, really.

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