The Operating Systems Handbook

I came across The Operating Systems Handbook via a message in comp.os.vms. Here’s the link:

The author claims you can add “Working Knowledge of UNIX, VMS, OS/400, VM/CMS, and MVS.” to your resume after studying the book.  There’s a chapter on VMS that’s a little dated, since it was written just as the Alpha was introduced, but still pretty handy.

If you love VMS, but need to talk to another OS, this could be useful, too…

MASS-11 Software

MASS-11 was a word-processing package for VAX systems running VMS. I have a CHARON-VAX customer that has lots of files in MASS-11, and so I researched how to convert them to something more modern (Microsoft Word?).

Microsystems, the people who developed MASS-11, still exist. They only do conversions now, but here’s their information in case someone’s interested in going that way…

377 East Butterfield Road
Suite 910
Lombard, IL 60148

Their web site ( is sometimes slow to load, but the phone number works.

[Adapted from a comp.os.vms posting of March 2006]

Disaster Proof? HP tries it for real!

In May, HP built two data centers and blew one up to demonstrate disaster tolerance. VMS recovered first, in less than 14 seconds. The associated document said that it could have been adjusted to be less than 5 seconds.

Neat movie:

Document: (PDF)

Press release:

At a high-tech ballistics center managed by National Technical Systems
in Camden, Arkansas, HP simulated a gas leak using real explosives that
resulted in a very real explosion and datacenter destruction.

What was blown up? Products from the entire spectrum of HP products,
including HP servers, HP StorageWorks products, HP Software and HP
Procurve networking products running in five operating
environments-HP-UX, HP OpenVMS, HP NonStop, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft(r) Windows Server 2003.

Who said that computer geeks don’t have a sense of humor?