* Posts by Dirk Munk

9 posts • joined 4 Mar 2008

Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

Dirk Munk

Re: Metaphor

Actually 64 bit Windows was developed on Alpha workstations, since at that time there were no 64 bit x86 cpus.

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Re: Legacy only

You didn't get the 'baroque" file name system correct, it is node::drive:[dir1.dir2]filename.ext;version#.

VMS has networking incorporated in the OS, an application can simply open a file on any other VMS system, or system that has DECnet loaded. For the application it is just like a local file, it isn't even aware that the file is on another computer at the other side of the world. And before you complain, DECnet can use IP as transport stack. And those 32000 versions are grate too, You can have 32000 files with the same name and extension, just the version number differs.

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Re: Metaphor

When VMS was ported from VAX to Alpha, the engineers envisioned that in the future another port could be necessary, so they rewrote VMS in such a way that it is relatively easy to port. When VMS was ported to Itanium, and that moment was defined as 'we can boot the system and do a DIR', it only took six months to port all the layered products and send third party software developers CDs with the operating system plus the layered products. Can you tell me which other OS was ported twice to an other processor architecture?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Officially USB is still rated for a maximum charge current of 500 mA. That is far too low for charging the big batteries of modern smart phones, and that is one of the problems the manufacturers have with micro USB. Has this problem been resolved, has or will the USB standard been revised for more charge current up to let's say 2.5A?

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

Dirk Munk

Heinrich Himmler was the Reichsführer SS, the highest SS rank and equivalent to field marshal. The chief of the luftwaffe Hermann Göring had the higher rank of Reichsmarschall since he was the second in line after Hitler.

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Motorola Backflip Android smartphone

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Motorola made an update commitment

I bought a Backflip some 6 months ago. At that time and even now (!!) Motorola promised an update to Android 2.x for Q3 on its Western European web page for the Backflip. That was the reason I bought a phone with a very outdated Android 1.5 . In my view that update promise is a firm commitment.

The reception and transmission quality is not very good. With my old RAZR I could have a telephone conversation on places where the Backflip looses the connection.

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Simplest Ethernet storage validated

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Not really a new idea

A non routable ethernet protocol for storage not using IP and TCP, something new? Not really. Good old DEC used many non routable ethernet protocols for specific purposes. For storage they had the Mass Storage Control Protocol.

From the the introduction of the MSCP manual (1982):

Mass Storage Control Protocol (MSCP) is the protocol used by a

family of mass storage controllers and devices designed and built

by Digital Equipment Corporation. In a system that uses an MSCP

storage subsystem, the controller contains intelligence to

perform the detailed I/O handling tasks. This arrangement allows

the host to simply send command messages (requests for reads or

writes) to the controller and receive response messages back from

the controller. The host does not concern itself with details

such as device type, media geometry, media format, error

recovery, etc.

To me this even sounds better then sending ATA commands over a low level ethernet protocol.

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EMC blogger tears into HP and NetApp

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They must have invented a new EVA

Chuck really checked his calculations before he wrote them down. He is talking about a 254 disk EVA, however the maximum disk capacity of the EVA8100 is 240 disks. I wonder where he put the extra 14 disks.....

Then he makes some wonderful calculations. He could have used the the Storageworks Sizing Tool, it is even downloadable for EMC people. Using that tool, and setting up 7 disk groups with double protection and 90% occupancy, a 240 disk EVA8100 with 35040GB raw disk capacity will give me 24759GB usable capacity, and that is appr. 71% .

Maybe Chuck should just buy an EVA and set it up. Or ask his engineers to set one up, I'm sure they have an EVA in their lab somewhere.

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NetScape Navigator put out to pasture

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SeaMonkey is the successor to Netscape, not FireFox

SeaMonkey is the present name for the original Mozilla Internet Suite, which was the Open Source version of Netscape. So if you want to keep using the full Netscape functionality, go for SeaMonkey. Since Netscape V3, I have never been using anything else than Netscape, Mozilla or SeaMonkey (except for IE only websites).

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