VAX 780 on eBay

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Mon Jan 3 12:19:06 CST 2022

On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 12:29 PM Bill Gunshannon via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> On 1/3/22 11:50 AM, Ethan Dicks via cctalk wrote:
> > I'll agree with that.  We used to run 40-50 users on our 8MB 11/750
> > (with both CMI and Unibus disk) but it did do some swapping over 8-10
> > users.
> You obviously didn't use the Ada compiler.  :-)
> Or Eunice, for that matter.

Hell no!

90% of our work was in C, the rest in m68k assembler (our own), VAX
MACRO, or FORTRAN.  We started off with Whitesmith's C then by the
late 80s also used DEC's VAX C.

Compiling all the code for our product took the 11/750 6 hours to
compile and link plus an additional 2 hours for an 11/730 to link
under a different version of VMS.  8 hours total to rebuild totally
from source.  Some things about the good old days weren't so good.


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