Posted by under CP/M on March 6 2017, 0 comments

Sometimes, running a full system emulation is nice, but overkill. Maybe you just want to run a few cherished programs, rather than relive the whole glory/horror of an ancient system. Maybe you once wrote a really atrocious text adventure for CP/M 2.2 on the Amstrad PCW8256, and want to reminice every ten years. If so, […]

Posted by under Android,Emulation,OpenVMS (VAX),SIMH,VAX on September 16 2015, 0 comments

I’ve thought long and hard on this one: SimH runs under Linux, and Android is based on Linux, so can you run SimH, and thence a simulation of a VAX, on an Android phone/tablet? Well, obviously you can, but it really is a bit of a fiddle. There is an Simh Android App to do […]

Posted by under Games,MUD on August 19 2015, 0 comments

Remember the old AberMUD game? I wasted many hours on it back in the early ’90s. And now I’m wasting more… I’ve got an instance of AberMUD up and running at recnet.uk. You’ll need an SSH client to access it though. The username is “abermud” and the password is “mud”  

Posted by under Emulation,PR1MOS,Prime on November 15 2013, 0 comments

For a while now, Jim Wilkcoxson has had a variety of PR1ME Emulators running on his site. They can only be accessed by telnet and the software is not freely available. To access them, telnet to¬† em.prirun.com 8001 Login as user “guest”, password “pr1me” After logging in, use the Prime HELP command for assistance. You […]

Posted by under DECnet,HECnet,Networking,OpenVMS (VAX),Ultrix,VAX on November 12 2013, 0 comments

What is HECnet? HECnet is a DECnet that connects different people who play around with different DEC machines. The network should not be regarded as a serious networking setup, nor should it be expected to work 24/7. It’s a hobby project between people who think it’s fun to create a DECnet network. HECnet is basically […]

Posted by under Emulation,Networking,SIMH,TCP/IP,Ultrix,VAX on July 2 2012, 0 comments

I’ve had a look at getting an old copy of ULTRIX (Unix for the VAX) running. Having already got Simh up and running, I just cloned the SD card from the VMS host and deleted the VMS specific bits, copied across an image of the Ultrix 4.0 install tape, knocked together a shonky .ini file […]

After getting TCP/IP and a web server working on the simulated VAX, the next logical step would seem to be getting DECnet up and running, and then connecting to other machines. Given the choice of HECnet or the Italian Hobbyist DECnet, I plumped for HECnet. Then, of course I set about doing everything in completely […]

Posted by under OpenVMS (VAX),VAX on June 13 2012, 0 comments

So, it is time to try to install a Web Server on the emulated Vax. First, you’ll need to get a copy of UNZIP. I used the version at http://www.tmk.com/ftp/vms-freeware/unzip.vax_exe, renamed it and put it at dua1:[pi.utils]unzip.exe (for the moment i’m keeping utilities in that directory until i decide where to put them). Then, to […]

It is time to get TCP/IP up and running on the PIVAX. So once again I’m cribbing this from Phil Wherry’s guide to running VMS on SIMH and Linux. (Note, from now on PIVAX is the simulated VMS machine, and vax-pi is the Raspberry Pi on which it runs.) The fake MAC address of PIVAX […]

(Updated 24th Jan 2017) This is just a quick note on acquiring the license keys for OpenVMS. To apply for a license, go to HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist Registration. You’ll need your personal details, along with a Participating Chapter and Membership Number. The easiest way to do this is to join DECUServe. To do this (and […]