[TUHS] Windows roots and Unix influence (was Re: Happy birthday, Ken Thompson!)
toby at telegraphics.com.au
Mon Feb 5 07:04:34 AEST 2018
On 2018-02-04 3:05 PM, Dan Cross wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 12:21 PM, Ron Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com
> <mailto:ron at ronnatalie.com>> wrote:
> > None of these APIs is native to NT, they're implemented on top of it.
> > I think only at boot you can run code that uses the NT API directly.
> Amusingly, I have a device in my airplane that runs NT4 without any
> graphical API on it. You can see the thing printing the NT4
> startup and
> build number when you power it on and it will BSOD.
> BSOD on an airplane? That sounds kind of scary.
> One time I was poking around a US Navy landing craft after coming off an
> amphibious assault ship and somehow found myself down in the engine
> room. The computer controlling either the engines or the screws was
> running some variant of Windows. It wasn't my bailiwick at the time (I
> was a Marine officer; I wasn't even *supposed* to be there ... but I was
> curious and pretty much had the run of the boat as long as I didn't
> touch anything) but it sort of scared me.
You might remember this:
> I actually worked with the n10 and i860. IBM build a 4 processor i860
> card. We ported the 370/386 AIX to it.
> That actually sounds kind of cool.
> The only non x86 chip I worked with NT on was the iTanium (or as we
> it the iTanic). I might have had an NT Alpha around but we pretty much
> were an OSF/1 shop at the time.
> I think it was Lockheed Martin that ended up buying a ton of Alphas to
> run NT for Exchange server. Shoulda stuck with sendmail....
> - Dan C.
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