Haven't given up on DIBOL. May try installing the RT-11 version and
see if it runs.
But now another language of interest has reared its ugly head. :-)
Anybody have an image of the tape for APL-11? Manual claims it
runs on all of the PDP-11 OSes and it is another language from
my past that I haven't touched (other than to read some programs
out of curiosity) in more than two decades.
I have the source to something called APL-11 for Unix but it is
not the same thing. Actually, not even close. :-)
Would love to see a few pointers.
Oh, and in case anyone is curious about my endeavors....
The SIMH system I am using now is based on the 11/70 and was built
with only 2M of memory. Why you would do that under SIMH where there
is really no memory constraint at all, I can not fathom. I used to
have a bunch of 11/44's and that has been my favorite since my original
11/24 system died long, long ago./ I am going to configure a SIMH
System using the 11/44 as my model and then reinstall everything in
order to have a really good system for playing with this stuff.
Sure wish there was a way to find some of the third party stuff from
the sourcebooks. A lot of nice software that should have been saved
for historical reasons, if nothing else, has been lost.
Since I am forced to stay at home more than I would like I though I would
check some more PSUs. One I wanted to check was the H7109-C from one of my
VAXstation 4000 VLC machines. I found a leaked capacitor and some other high
ESR ones, so I will replace those. However, I also noticed a ceramic disk
capacitor that appears to be split all around the edge. Is that a known
I have a scan of a manual with schematics for a ?ISS Sperry Univac Driver Exerciser for 7330 and 843x type of disk drives that was kindly scanned and provided to me by Mark from the Computer History Archivies Project, since he and myself happen to come accross such exercisers. I contacted two times Al via email for access credentials to upload the document as I did in the past years for numerous scans, but I never got an answer. He is probably very busy during the last months. In case anybody has access for uploading documents on this list, can you contact me so that we can make this document available to everybody?
Does anyone have a .tap image of a DIBOL install tape for RSTS?
And while I am at it, was there ever RPG for RSTS?
I am so bored I have decided to really load up a SIMH system
and just live in the past for a while. I have Fortran-IV,
Fortran-77, COBOL-81 and C installed now as well as BASIC and
MACRO. But I haven't had the chance to do any DIBOL or RPG
for quite some time and would love to try them again.
>Patrick Finnegan pat at vax11.net Tue Mar 24 18:14:05 CDT 2020
>It looks like the magic that updates the 5-digit number in the URL doesn't
>work after the classiccmp.org recovery. Try:
>The rest of the things should be in the same directory.
>>On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 1:47 PM Christian Groessler
>> the link on http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/index.htm for
>> "ImageDisk 1.18" doesn't work. Apparently most (or all) links on this
>> page don't work.
The "magic" is me, it has nothing to do with the classiccmo recovery.
The links are something I update manually from time to time, and I've
recently updated some pages to correct links to my now expired
commercial site, and failed to amend these with the current transient
Should be fixed now - may have to refresh your browser if It cached
the bad links.
In the "Dataproducts (300/600 LPM) Line Printers Maintenance Guide"
(1984) at (23Mb)
Table 1-2. 300 LPM Character Band & PROM Set Kits p. 1-10 (p. 30-31 in
Table 1-3 600 LPM .... p1-12 (p. 32-33 in PDF)
"Country/Language","Character Band Number","PROM Number"."Number of
Printable Characters","Description","Font Style","Spacing"
Band???????????????? Desc????????????????? Font Style
250035-019 64 Utility?? ? ? ? ?? ???? DPC-C
250042-022 96 Upper/Lower???? DPC-B/C
250045-022 96 Upper/Lower???? DPC-C
250088-039 96 ASCII/Modified? DPC-B
"Number of Print..." is 64 or 96 ... except for an Arabic one
"Spacing in characters per inch" is always 10, except for 4, 15 pitches
"Font Style" is either DPC-B, DPC-B/C, DPC-C, DPC-15, DPC-D for Thai, Arabic
Are there fonts available for the common Font Styles (DPC-B. DPC-B/C,
The fonts for the Dataproducts (64-char) drum printers may be in that set.
It's possible that the Dataproducts laser printers may have provided the
fonts, but googling
hasn't shown anything, the Dataproducts website is on archive.org,
and my searches showed that the Computer History Museum has a printer
and a few bands.
The HP2614A Drum printer we had in 1980 was probably one of those and we
had band printers later.
I should look through my printouts ...
There's a font for the IBM 1403
"Chainprinter Regular Font" at
may be related to the IBM 1403 one too.
This assumes that fonts might be useful for OCR at some stage, or for
checking retyped data,
or for fun on SIMH.
For those interested, HPE has finally, formally announced the end of their participation in the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program.? A number of people have received the below message from HPE, probably everyone they have on record as having current Hobbyist licenses.
If you have any current or future ( at least before the end of 2021 ) interest in Hobbyist licenses for any version of OpenVMS from 5.0 through 8.4 for VAX ( only up to 7.3) or Alpha and Itanium, then register now.? HPE is looking to find out how many are interested in Hobbyist offerings and even though the new license will be good through 2021, I don't expect them to be generating them past the end of 2020 and maybe sooner.
Register for Hobbyist PAKs at one of the following (I suggest the HPE address first):
Note the underscore between hobbyist and registration in hobbyist_registration.
One Hobbyist user reports this:
I?ve just received an update from the OpenVMS Customer lab:
Here?s the message from the OpenVMS team.? The idea was that hobbyists would visit the site and renew their licenses, and in response, we would provide the final set of licenses,
explaining the scenario:
? As we approach the end of the HPE OpenVMS V8.4 standard support period, HPE
??plans to conclude the HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program.
? The HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist licenses we are issuing in 2020 will be the last set.
??Subsequently, HPE will not issue new HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist licenses. Attached
??is the final set of the HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist licenses. These final licenses
??are valid through December 31st, 2021. We hope that this additional validity
??period will enable users to plan for the future.
? Users who wish to avail of HPE OpenVMS long term licenses are encouraged to
??purchase permanent licenses at standard prices. You may contact [Fellman, Jon]
??<jon.fellman at hpe.com <mailto:jon.fellman at hpe.com>> for the same.
John H. Reinhardt
*From:*owner-hecnet at Update.UU.SE [mailto:owner-hecnet at Update.UU.SE] *On Behalf Of *David Moylan
*Sent:* Saturday, 7 March 2020 4:14 PM
*To:* hecnet at Update.UU.SE
*Subject:* [HECnet] HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing
Just received the e-mail below. I?ve hunted around all the various Hobbyist locations and licensing pages and can?t find any additional information.
I?ve already replied back to ask what the impact of Hobbyist renewal licensing will be. I have no further information at this stage.
Have others received this as well? Does anyone have any further knowledge on this?
I can see a few people have forwarded/posted the same message on comp.os.vms.
*From:*OpenVMS Customer Lab [mailto:openvmscustomerlab at hpe.com]
*Sent:* Saturday, 7 March 2020 3:13 PM
*Cc:* OpenVMS Customer Lab
*Subject:* OpenVMS Hobbyist Notification
Dear HPE OpenVMS hobbyist,
This is to inform you that HPE is concluding the HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program in alignment with the HPE OpenVMS support roadmap.
If you wish to understand more details, please reach out to us at the earliest through the usual license renewal webpage.
HPE OpenVMS team