Retrochallenge 2013 Winter Warmup Entry
SLAVE the AlphaServer 1000A running OpenVMS will be online
all month and accessible using either SSH
or Dial Up
Telnet: slave.hecnet.eu port 23
SSH: slave.hecnet.eu port 22
Dialup: +44 15394 22404
created via username/password: NEWUSER/NEWUSER
is available via username/password: MORIA/MORIA
is available via username/password: ADVENT/ADVENT
is available via username/password: BBS/BBS
I can't believe we've reached the end so soon! This is a tale of
meager progress but hopefully glances towards the future.
25-Jan-2013 No Progress!
No progress this week although I did manage to swap the motherboard
in my itanium workstation.
20-Jan-2013 Meta Assembler
Next steps - port my final year University project, a Meta Assember
written in Modula-2 to the VAX/VMS implementation
19-Jan-2013 Modula 2 for VAX/VMS
I was a big fan of Modula 2 'back in the day' and have only just
come across this implementation for VAX/VMS within the last month.
19-Jan-2013 Airline Manager - Finished
Airline Manager is now in a good enough shape to release to the big
13-Jan-2013 Airline Manager - Part 3
I've jumped ship from BBC Basic to X11 Basic. Having completed that
process the program is looking a lot healthier (and more readable).
Now it just needs to work!
06-Jan-2013 The Retrochallenger
As everyone is doing fancy diagrams I thought I'd add my own to
chart the typically characteristics of a retrochallenger!
05-Jan-2013 Airline Manager - Part 2
I've been slowly correcting GOTO line numbers and filling in some of
the missing pieces - I now have the basic program flow working!
04-Jan-2013 Airline Manager
Completely distracted right from the start with a 28 year old BBC
This page contain information about my entry to the Retrochallenge 2013 Winter
Warmup competition. The retrochallenge competition is held bi-annually and
requires entrants to spend a month on a project involving retro hardware and/or
The term retro describes software or hardware that are more than ten years old.
The competition main page can be found here.
My entry this year is split into three (possibly four tasks):
1. Cataloging my DEC media (CDROMs, tapes, floppies etc.) to make them more
accessible to the community and to help me remember what I actually have.
2. Reading a load of donated TK50 tapes which have some old and interesting
stuff on (this is a careful process to avoid breakages etc.)
3. Getting the DECUS archive online in an easy to search form with VMS/RSX
etc. specific search criteria.
4. If I get time I'd like to write an entry for a competition where the task
is to write a specific algorithm in a programming language. I'm going to
split the task into a number of steps and program each step in a
different language by using the calling standard of OpenVMS.
1. Retrochallenge Home Page
2. OpenVMS Calling Standard Manual