Quayle Consulting can now read 8-inch floppies! Click here for details on all the possibilities.
Mitch Miller of Key Ways provided the hardware and expertise to make this possible. Thank you, Mitch!
I’ve found that you can add the following line in the header section of a page:
meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0″
(There needs to be angle brackets at each end)
and it becomes mobile-friendly. It’s a start, at least. This tip came from Google’s mobile-friendly site.
I’ve changed this blog to the “2016” theme to make it mobile-friendly.
Have you signed a little screen when you bought something with a credit card? I invented that.
There’s an old joke from a century ago: “How do you make a small fortune in aviation? Start with a big fortune.” Imagine turning 26 million dollars into $50,000. This is that story.
Warning: This is my experience, as best as I can remember. I didn’t change the names of either the guilty or innocent. I also include deep bits of the technical stuff. If someone wants to make a movie or TV show of this, I’ll be glad to gloss over it when I write the screenplay.
This ever-growing document is dedicated to the many customers and employees that got ripped off by Scriptel.
I was sitting in a small conference room with three other people. No one knew who I was. I was there in the beginning. I would witness the end.
The auctioneer started his weird chant at $50,000. “Going, going, gone!” The successful, and only, bidder handed a cashier’s check to the sheriff, and Scriptel was gone.
None of the other founders were present, having taken their money and run long ago.
I kept the coffee cup.
Chapter 0 – The Beginning
My phone rang. It was Phil Schlosser. Phil had been my adviser at Ohio State University while I was working on my master’s degree. I had no idea why he was calling. I had just started my first job, and thought I had put OSU in the rear view mirror.
Phil said that he had an idea: create some technology, patent it, and sell the whole thing to IBM (this would be Microsoft or Google today). He said that he needed someone who could build hardware and program it.
Chapter 1 – The Three Caballeros
My first job was in Marion, Ohio, about an hour’s drive north of OSU. Being young, I had lots of midnight oil to burn.
Phil had partnered with Nick Venetis, a fraternity brother of his. Nick said he didn’t know anything about technology, but he was going to be our sales and marketing person.
Phil came up with the idea: we would build a wireless fire alarm system. This seemed like a great idea, especially after the MGM Grand hotel burned down the ground in Las Vegas.
So, we went to work. I had played around with power-line lamp control modules, know as the X10 system, later to be marketed by Radio Shack [rest in peace] as “Plug and Power”. It seemed to me that we could connect a smoke detector to an X10 transmitter. There would be a X10 receiver that would display a room number on a screen. We only had three “rooms”.
Our resources were generously provided by parts “borrowed” from OSU. We promised ourselves that we’d repay OSU, but that never happened. That was a foreshadowing of the many broken promises of the future.
new person, a new product
dark gray on light gray lcd displays
digitizers: no transparent
first round financing
big salaries, buy lots of stuff
paycheck first, employees later
boston computer museum
color displays in California
scriptel corp, scriptel holding
OpenVMS Software, Inc. has just recently licensed the VMS source code from Hewlett-Packard. Initially, they will continue development on the Itanium processor.
They have pledged to move it to the industry-standard Xeon processor. This is good news, as the Itanium processor will go end-of-life (EOL) soon.
HP will continue to sell support for VMS 8.4, and will be a reseller of future OpenVMS products.
CRISP product, with full names of CRISP/32 and CRISP/64, is factory-automation software running under the OpenVMS (“VMS”) operating system. The “/32” version runs on VAX systems running VAX/VMS or OpenVMS. The “/64” runs in 64-bit mode on AlphaServer and Integrity Server systems. Quayle Consulting has been supporting the CRISP source code for several years, and migrated it from the 32-bit VAX to the 64-bit AlphaServer and Integrity servers.
Quayle Consulting Inc. has just reached an agreement with CRISP Automation to sell CRISP licenses and CRISP support contracts. For more information, please contact Quayle Consulting at www.stanq.com or post a comment on this page.
I almost crashed my car when I was listening to NPR. The reporter, in Iraq, said that he was “boots on the ground here”.
Isn’t “here” enough? Was he wearing boots, or shoes? Or perhaps in a building, several feet away from dirt?
Quayle Consulting was mentioned in a recent copy of PC world!
I was playing baseball with my son, who is 8 years old. He wanted to take “time-out”. When I wanted to continue, he said that we were still in “pause”.
Guess “timeout” will only be used when Netflix can’t connect over the wireless. Another word disappears from common use…
In Wired magazine, issue 18.11, there are a few mentions of Ticketmaster’s “old” system. Some looks at job sites like monster.com over the years shows that Ticketmaster is always looking for people with VAX and VMS talent. Could that be the “old” system that Wired refers to?
Funny, that “old” system withstands the assault of millions of people trying to buy tickets all at the same time. No other system has emerged that can handle that load — many have tried, all have failed.
As I’ve said before, “legacy” means “stuff that just works”. That’s VMS!