Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Robotics Developer
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
Robotics Developer   1/21/2011 8:08:00 PM
NO RATINGS
The EDGAR story reminds me of my first job out of college. We used Nova 3s for the test stations and every software engineer carried their own operating system on (yes really) 5M removable disks. On particularly unique engineer had modified most of the commands and prompts on his version of the OS to some VERY rude alternatives. Well you knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, sales was escorting a potential new customer around the labs and ran across a system running Dave's OS (fake name). The attempts by the salesman to highlight system features were to say the least very PROVOCATIVE.. Next day a memo went out (yes, no emails then only hard copy paper) indicating to all staff that ONLY the standard OSes would be allowed due to a public relations problem caused by a "rogue" OS installation.

Dr.BJM
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
Dr.BJM   1/15/2011 1:55:01 PM
NO RATINGS
It is cheer ful to recollect old memories. This articles my good old day working COBOL68 on a PDP11 at Delhi. Dr.B.Jothi Mohan

prabhakar_deosthali
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
prabhakar_deosthali   1/11/2011 9:50:09 AM
NO RATINGS
I have been one of those who are lucky to have worked on RSX-11M. I was responsible to install a PDP-11 with RSX-11M based control system in India for a German Robotic Welding machine for a mini-truck chassis. The RSX-11m based system with the control software worked so well that we had our first maintenance call 5 years after the system was commissioned and the fault was not with the basic computer system but with one of the associated I/o cards. Later I got so much fascinated with RSX-11M as an OS ( with a very good documentation from DEC) that I designed an RTOS based upon the data structures of RSX-11M and used it in the embedded products of my company.

dov.barak
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
dov.barak   1/9/2011 9:17:25 AM
NO RATINGS
Good to see that there are living engineers remembering RSX 11M I always look at the formidable size of today OS and remember how small and efficient RSX11M was..

David Ashton
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
David Ashton   1/8/2011 10:50:12 AM
NO RATINGS
Everytime, Dave Gets A Raspberry Not sure how this translates in the US...? (A raspberry is British slang for a rude noise....)

parity
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
parity   1/8/2011 6:19:12 AM
NO RATINGS
So this is where Eddie Haskel finally ended up.

Chuck.Hill
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
Chuck.Hill   1/8/2011 3:53:58 AM
NO RATINGS
Thank you, you are correct. That's what I get for trying to use a $10 word.

Chuck.Hill
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
Chuck.Hill   1/8/2011 3:45:22 AM
NO RATINGS
I don't actually remember what EDGAR stood for, but knowing the engineers responsible for this prank, it was something we couldn't print anyway. But the suggestions are great. One of the best "retaliations" for this individual came when he was away on a business trip. The engineers ducted the packing material chute from production to his office and filled it to the top with stryofoam peanuts. He had to get a ladder, pull up the ceiling tiles and shovel his way in from the top just to get the door open.

mercdragon
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
mercdragon   1/8/2011 2:23:29 AM
NO RATINGS
Please stop casting derision on the venerable PDP11 and RSX 11. I recently retired a PDP11, RSX 11M system that ran a conveyor system that had been installed back in the early 1980's. The PDP11 was not the point of failure, obtaining parts for the controls systems long out of production was the problem. The Senior Engineer's password was "NotAPC". As for EDGAR - Enter Dave, Get Accumulated Results

palf
User Rank
Author
re: Engineers retaliate with a PDP-11 OS hack
palf   1/8/2011 2:05:41 AM
NO RATINGS
Locking a cat in a filing cabinet and scaring the secretary to death (being the sixties, we had secretaries, not administration assistants). Just a little multivibrator oscillator with regen/saturation as I recall. No live cats were used in this operation.

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Most Recent Comments
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
Overview: Battle-hardened veterans of the electronics industry have heard of the “connected car” so often that they assume it’s a done deal. But do we really know what it takes to get a car connected and what its future entails? Join EE Times editor Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of movers and shakers in the connected car business. Executives from Cisco, Siemens and NXP will share ideas, plans and hopes for connected cars and their future. After the first 30 minutes of the radio show, our listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions via live online chat.
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...