RD52 !! a very small scsi disk IIRC. I replaced the DEC firmware'd
disk in mine with a standard (bigger) SCSI disk. The Tagged Command
Queuing on the bus really confuses the hell out of the uVAX, but it
doesn't crash it...
I worked on PDP-12s back in the 1970s (the PDP-12 was a combination of
a PDP-8 and a computer developed by some university in the US). That
had a whole full height 19" cabinet dedicated to a 256k hard disk,
four platters if I remember, each with 128 heads.
Dave Cutler was one of the 3 original VMS programming team members
(though he wasn't there for that long) and went to Ken Olsen with the
idea of a desktop OS for personal computers, but since Ken is famously
quoted as saying 'I don't believe there's a reason for anyone to have
a computer in the home' amongst other things the idea was rebuffed so
Dave upped sticks and went to uncle bill. Where apparently he didn't
last too long either.
Back then it was things like process control and virtual memory
management....I knew some NT programmers and they said it was very
much like VMS for that side of things but they didn't elaborate on the
rest of the 'user experience'.
*strokes AMD webserver with Alpha 21064 FSB* :)
No, *I'm* the ex-RSX-11 programmer. DNC wrote most of it. And
reportedly ported 11-M to the PDP11-70 over a weekend when the other
O/S development teams were saying it was going to take months.
Oh, and SYSTIME kit sucked donkey doo-doo.
"The road to Paradise is through Intercourse."
[email me at huge [at] huge [dot] org [dot] uk]
I've worked with VMS for 20-odd years, but despite this I still haven't come
across what looks to be an entirely reliable biography of the guy. While he
did write a lot of the original VMS kernel, he left the team after V1.0 and
there has been a hell of a lot of development since then. So, he sowed some
great seeds but there are many other talented O/S engineers to thank. He
did not contribute to the development of clustering, for example, an area
where VMS still stands head and shoulders above the rest. Imho...
Afaik, he fell out with DEC management over the cancellation of Mica, the
possible VMS successor on new RISC hardware codenamed Prism (pretty ironic
given that the Alpha eventually supplanted Vax). History tells us he moved
to Microsoft in 1988.
Although some sources claim he left MS in 95, I know one NT kernel developer
who started there after that and Cutler was definitely still around a few
years later. Although he did seem to have a somewhat loose and creative
contractural arrangement - when supposed to be at work he would sometimes be
on vacation, and while supposedly on vacation could often be found in at
weekends rewriting someone else's code :-)
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