VMS is a superb design, what are you like?
182 posts • joined 30 Oct 2011
On a similar note, it was my daughter's 10th birthday and the I'd taken the afternoon off, however some guy in sales had noticed that a network cable had come lose behind his computer and kindly plugged it back into the shared router under his desk.
Unfortunately, he didn't tell anyone at the time, also, the cable was supposed to go into the back of his PC, so what he did infinite looped the router which took the whole network down.
We ended up disconnecting everything from the main switch and plugging the cables back in one by one until we discovered the one connection that took everything down.
Needless to say, I was late for the party. :(
Last week my recently update Win10 (1803) PC refused to start, despite trying all the various safe mode options, repairing etc.
I had to resort to rolling back through the last known good settings, fortunately the 1803 update took one from just a few days before, so I went back to that and the PC came up fine.
Not sure whether the update killed the boot mechanism or not, but if not, having a recent restore point saved my ar$e
My first job after leaving the company I did a sandwich course with still used PDP-11, I think an 11/70 and an 11/73 to run stock and order processing systems for a group of steel processing companies. We still had to run backups onto reels of mag tape. After about a year, we started to migrate to MicroVAX, and, having the least experience with the PDPs , I was tasked to convert the processing software over from the PDP version to VAX/VMS. Happy days (1990 ish)
I don't know what happened to the PDPs, but I was almost scared to touch them with their open cabinets and huge pcbs visible. Very noisy as well.
I made a slightly more serious mistake when my 20Mb Amigs HDD filled and I bought a new one. My RocTec HDD didn't have a second IDE power cable or splitter so to copy from one to the other, I plopped the two drives on top of each other so the connectors were aligned and jury rigged a power cable by putting the loose ends of a spare 4 pin connector into the same positions of the old drive.
Sadly, somehow the pins were in the other order on the new drive, and I toasted my old drive.
Fortunately I'd backup up most of my work onto floppies, but it was an expensive lesson, particularly back in 1992 odd.
You won't be able to hear any difference between SACD and anything higher. 5.1 SACDs are like the holy grail, if you look on eBay they go for £££s. Just paid £35 for Beck's Sea Change in 2 channel and 5.1 mix. Can't wait.
I really can't see the fuss. Unless you know exactly what other process has just written to memory, and exactly what that data is, I don't see what use it could possibly be to anyone.
Anyone tried debugging an application at the CPU level? There is so much going on, it would be practically impossible to know what that string of hex means, assuming you can read it in the first place.
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