This afternoon, I ordered, and then picked up, a cable with MMJ
connectors on it from Control Cable (they're in Woodlawn, MD) - a nice
place to deal with; they specialize in cabling and related products,
and what they sell appears to be of very good quality. The cost of
the assembled cable was only a few cents different from their cost for
a cable and two MMJ connectors, and was under US$5; of course, I had
to pay US$5 extra since the order was under US$50, but that was no
worse than shipping would have been if I'd ordered them from
After connecting the VT320 to the VAX, I reset the system password.
Fortunately, this VAX has the "real VMS" (TM) for VAXen on it:
VAX/VMS, and it's a reasonably recent version: 5.5, which was close to
the lastest version of VMS back when I last worked with a VAX for an
employer, back around 1992. :-)
This far, I haven't noticed anything truly remarkable with regards to
software, although at first glance, it looks like nothing is missing.
Fortunately, someone installed kermit, so that will make things,
such as installing TCP/IP, easier. :-)
There appears to be a fair amount of audio software, which I think may
all be for use with that DECVoice system; text to voice software, for
example. Since I don't have a T1 telephone connection, alas, it
appears that I'm not going to be able to use this DECVoice hardware,
and the audio software on this machine.
Also, there's a mention of SQL in one of the text files that I looked
through, although I didn't notice any database software installed; of
course, I don't know the names of databases using SQL for VAXen.
DECnet is installed and apparently configured, so I guess this means
that I can use my DEC terminal server with this machine... do I need
to do anything other than connect the terminal server to the VAX and
then use it? I know nothing about DECnet.
Of course, there's still the little matter of no tape drive being
installed in this system, which is not a good thing. I have a TK70
and a TK50, along with a TKQ70 board.
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