I last communicated with Fred at least a year ago (might've been two,
actually). Last I heard from him he was moving into a nursing home as he
was apparently debilitated as a result of a car accident some years ago.
I believe the last time he reached out to me was via Facebook. Later today
I'll log in and see if I can find a contact for Fred and get back to you.
I believe he's on my "friend" list there.
On Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 2:34 PM Graham Toal via cctalk <
20 years ago I loaned Fred van Kempen a pdp11 disk
pack (RK11?) to try
recovering for me. We think it may have the Dutch "GUTS" operating system
(Groningen University Timesharing System -
sources on it. My Dad carefully hand-carried it to the Netherlands from
Scotland by boat and bicycle!, avoiding any magnetic scanning on the way.
I never heard back from Fred and every now and then (some years apart) I
try to contact him but all the mail addresses I've tried go unreplied or
Does anyone here know him and have a reliable way to contact him? He might
be in the USA now and the only indication I have that he's still alive is a
github update in Jan of this year (and happily a lack of hits when looking
for an obituary!).
I'm assuming he never extracted the disk contents because if he had I'm
sure he would have contacted me. If the disk has not degraded too much
over the last 20 years since I last saw it, I'ld still like to recover it
and so I'ld like to get it back from Fred and give it to whoever else might
be able to read it.