a plug for TUHS (just sayin…)

November 27th, 2018
Some days https://www.tuhs.org// has nothing at all.
Some days https://www.tuhs.org// is lost in tangential nonsense.
Some days, like today, Ken Thompson writes in memoriam of Joe Ossanna, and Eric Allman writes about how sendmail is so complex because it had to deal with so many obtuse addressing schemes, all the while in the limitations of 16 bit machines, and details a tribute to Ossanna’s troff: “A master work of design, and blissfully complete documentation (even if a bit obscure to the newbie).”
Just sayin…

Let’s start at the very beginning… 801, ROMP, RT/PC, AIX versions

March 8th, 2017

“A very good place to start” – Oscar Hammerstein II

IBM 801 Building ca. 1975

Late last year I became aware of “The Unix Heritage Society”, a fascinating archive and mailing list on UNIX history (and often, tangential topics). Even Ken Thompson occasionally contributes.

There have been various TUHS discussions of AIX in the 1980s, the RT/PC, etc. Often I want to say, “no, that’s not how it was, or, at least, not how it seemed to me when I was in the middle of things”, but I’ve avoided joining those discussions.

Since I don’t know of a good history of AIX, nor the associated hardware projects prior to the RS/6000, this is my attempt to say what I can to clarify and fill in the lesser known history. (Peter Salus’ A Quarter Century of Unix is a comprehensive reference, but barely mentions AIX. The RT book is a snapshot at the time of the first release and only incidentally covers history. AIX Turns 20 reflects on the first two decades.) Read the rest of this entry »

koko: Tuesday’s measurement of our electorate

November 11th, 2016

An attempt at organizing thoughts & readings

Tuesday (and early voting in the weeks before) was a measurement, and though decisive, not a very complete or illuminating diagnosis of our population, any more than taking a person’s temperature characterizes their health. Our electoral health is not good. Read the rest of this entry »

koko: “reel audio”

October 19th, 2016

“Genghis Khan and his brother Don
Could not keep on keepin’ on”
(1971) “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Bob Dylan

wollensakFor many years, starting in high school, one of my ambitions was to make good recordings of live music. Until I could afford and justify the cost of good machines, I progressed through a series of mediocre, but less expensive reel to reel recorders, starting with a Wollensak similar to the photo at left. Read the rest of this entry »

koko: virtually fun

October 18th, 2016

“Genghis Khan and his brother Don
Could not keep on keepin’ on”
(1971) “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Bob Dylan

VMware Server 1.0 wasn’t broke…

After almost 10 years of being comfortable with VMware Server 1.0[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6], I mostly needed to move on: Read the rest of this entry »