Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sad goodbye

At FMI this past Friday, they mourned the decommissioning of their VAX computer system. After 21 years of faithful service, faster systems replaced the old VAX. Memories were shared, champagne was served, and a few tears were shed.

A VAX was one of my first mainframe computers at the Earth Resources Laboratory at M.I.T., at the University of Washington, and at SUNY Albany. I remember learning UNIX, which I thought was less intuitive at first relative to the operating system of the VAX. I made a translation table so that I could remember to translate VAX commands into UNIX.

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