My Vaxstation 4000-60 seems to be dead, probably due to a PSU problem (it does not power on). Does anyone know about options to find a replacement or to diagnose/fix it? (I just noticed it is dead, I have not even dissassembled it yet).
Jordi Guillaumes Pons
jguillaumes at me.com
About four months since I last announced anything. There have been
various development since, and I figured I should encourage people who
are using BQTCP/IP for RSX to upgrade to the latest release.
A short list of changes:
. Small bugfixes in various states.
. Bugfix in window handling. TCP reception could occasionally accept
data outside of window.
. Added ability to dynamically change transmit and receive buffer size.
. Bugfix. SYN packets could result in lost pool if sockets were closed
with outstanding SYN packets queued.
. Bugfix. If pool is full, system could crash on incoming connections.
. Added SUMMARY, PROMPT, MGET and MPUT commands.
. Improved filename parsing and handling for mapping between local and
. Bugfix. FTP would abort if a long file transfer took place, since the
command channel had a timeout.
. Much improved progress line for file transfers, including ETA and
delta between updates.
. Bugfix. If a file transfer was followed by an immediate close of the
connection, the file could be left in a locked state.
. Expanded time stamp information in directory listings to include seconds.
. Bugfix in telnet options processing.
. Bugfix in telnet options processing.
. Added commands for setting default and maximum allowed tcp transmit
and receive buffer sizes.
. Added information on task page about UDP connections.
. Added /NUMERIC switch
As usual, the distribution is available from:
The documentation is also available through ftp on Mim, or also at
I believe the state of the code is now good enough that I expect there
will be fewer updates to the basic networking drivers in the future. I
plan to find some new protocols to work on next, and also improve some
of the current clients and servers as the need arises.
(On a different note, Madame.Update.UU.SE is now a CNAME for
Mim.Update.UU.SE, making the naming of the machine consistent between
DECnet and TCP/IP, in case someone wonders why the name have changed...)
"John H. Reinhardt" <johnhreinhardt at yahoo.com> writes:
>On 10/15/2015 1:48 PM, Ian McLaughlin wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I=E2=80=99m introducing someone new to the hobby - he=E2=80=99s just ac=
>quired a VAXstation 4000 VLC and will soon be needing a hobbyist license =
>to get going. It=E2=80=99s looking like the hobbyist program keeps moving=
> around - I=E2=80=99ve found what appears to be the current HP page for i=
>t, but they seem to be restricting licenses to only 3 recognized chapters=
> - Connect/Encompass, Internet Netherlands, and Interex.ch <http://intere=
>x.ch>. I=E2=80=99m either unable to understand the language, or the chap=
>ter wants real money for membership. Does anyone know how to get a membe=
>rship number that HP will accept that is free?
>> Alternatively, without asking for anyone to break the law, I recall som=
>eone here has a method of generating a full set of keys (I have PAKGEN bu=
>t it would take me quite a while to generate all of them). If someone cou=
>ld point me in the right direction off-list, I=E2=80=99d appreciate it!
>Create an account on Eisner and it will generate a member number. Check S=
>teve Hoffman's site for details <http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/1416>
>Alternativly, ssh to eisner.decus.org. log in with the username REGISTRA=
>TION and create an account. Then type HOBBYIST at the DCL prompt and it =
>will give you the info to get your license. List DECUSERVE as the partici=
>John H. Reinhardt
VAXman- A Bored Certified VMS Kernel Mode Hacker VAXman(at)TMESIS(dot)ORG
I speak to machines with the voice of humanity.
I?m introducing someone new to the hobby - he?s just acquired a VAXstation 4000 VLC and will soon be needing a hobbyist license to get going. It?s looking like the hobbyist program keeps moving around - I?ve found what appears to be the current HP page for it, but they seem to be restricting licenses to only 3 recognized chapters - Connect/Encompass, Internet Netherlands, and Interex.ch <http://interex.ch/>. I?m either unable to understand the language, or the chapter wants real money for membership. Does anyone know how to get a membership number that HP will accept that is free?
Alternatively, without asking for anyone to break the law, I recall someone here has a method of generating a full set of keys (I have PAKGEN but it would take me quite a while to generate all of them). If someone could point me in the right direction off-list, I?d appreciate it!
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Some of you are aware that I've been pursuing a long-term project of
constructing a museum in the Pittsburgh area.
I am proud to announce that we have hit a major milestone: We have
set a date for the first public opening. The Large Scale Systems
Museum will open its doors to the public on Saturday, October 17th,
just under one month from now.
This is to be a one-day provisional opening coinciding with an event
here in town. We may decide to open the museum regularly on a sparse
schedule afterward, or it may wait awhile, depending on how things go
on the 17th. The renovation work is ongoing, so it won't be perfect,
but we think it'll be good. A great deal of progress has been made
here in the past several months.
Many of the Really Big Computers here will be running and
demonstrated on a rotation throughout the day.
The event in town is a large "block party" of sorts that will
encompass much of the downtown area. A few highlights:
- A fancy department store that was located on this block decades
ago will re-open in their old store location to show off vintage
wedding gowns, and some people who purchased their gowns there in the
past will bring them back to show them off.
- A local winery will set up a wine tasting.
- A soldering workshop.
- A makerspace pop-up.
- A beer garden!
- The standard fare of food vendors, live bands, etc.
There are two other "Big Deal" tie-ins that I'd like to announce:
Big Deal #1: Many of you will remember my fiancee Autumn, who sold
handmade vintage-computer-themed soaps at the most recent VCF-East.
Her company, Apothecary Soap Company, will be opening its first store,
here in town around the corner from our main building.
Big Deal #2: While the details aren't yet finalized, C/PMuseum in
downtown Pittsburgh, curated by Corey Little and Chris Little, will be
relocating many of its exhibits, including some vintage game consoles,
to a temporary exhibit space just a few buildings down from mine.
Since C/PMuseum's primary focus is on microcomputers and the Large
Scale Systems Museum's primary focus is on minicomputers and
mainframes, so together we'll have great coverage of a range of genres.
My building is at 924 4th Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068, right in
the middle of the block party area. New Kensington is about ten
minutes' drive from the Allegheny Valley exit of the Pennsylvania
Turnpike, Exit 48. It's a very easy area to reach, and there are a
number of decent hotels nearby.
I wish to extend an invitation to all of you to attend this event.
It's on Saturday, October 17th, from noon to 8PM.
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone whom you think
might be interested.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA
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For those with Multinet links to LEGATO, it now has a new IP -
188.8.131.52. However as always you don't need to remember the IP; you can
just do an nslookup on decnet.jfcl.com and that'll be the right answer.
Please update the link on your end.
It looks like the link to FRUGAL is already up - I'm not sure how Fred
managed that trick, but good for him!