[clearly not Unix related, so posting to COFF]
On 11/27/2019 1:31 PM, John Foust wrote:
> The tougher task was trying to find contemporary tools that could process the data stream from an old NTBACKUP, especially a stream with corruption from missing chunks, as I wasn't in the mood to try to rebuild an NT machine with SCSI to let NTBACKUP deal with the drive directly, and I think it would probably fail harder on direct drive errors.
If I recall correctly, the XP Pro* version of NTBACKUP is compatible
with, and an improvement over, the NT4 version in dealing with tapes and
will also deal with file images of tapes. I will probably remember a lot
better soon, because I want to look for some files that I thought I had
archived on disk but seem to have lost. If I have them, they're on DDS-2
Again, IIRC, SCSI is not hard to deal with with XP. An old Dell, with
Dell XP install CD, should be relatively easy to setup with various
Adaptec cards. I don't know about other brands w.r.t. license keys.
I plan to use a Dell Dimension 8300 that I used to look at some Dell
UNIX DDS-2 cartridges. It dual boots Fedora & XP, but I still need to
verify that XP doesn't need anything more for the HP DAT drive I have,
and dig out cartridges that might have what I want. My recollection is
the NT4 required tape drive specific drivers but that XP does not.
Lastly, again IIRC, Microsoft removed and/or broke NTBACKUP when Vista
*XP Home didn't have NTBACKUP, but the Pro binary works on Home.
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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 07:23:19 +1100 (EST)
From: Dave Horsfall <dave(a)horsfall.org>
To: Paul Winalski
Subject: Re: [COFF] [TUHS] History of m6?
On Thu, 14 Nov 2019, Paul Winalski wrote:
> I used to think that "Emacs" stood for
> "escape-meta-alt-control-shift". :-) It's too finger-busy with all
> that alt, escape, and meta stuff for my taste.
Hey, that's a bit old :-)
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:28:41 +0000
From: Benjamin Huntsman
To: "tuhs(a)minnie.tuhs.org" <tuhs(a)minnie.tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Unix taste (Re: terminal - just for fun)
>> EMACS - eight megs and constantly swapping :)
>I like my own version: "Enough Memory? A Concept Strange!"
I thought it stood for Escape-Meta-Alt-Control-Shift :)
I thought I came up with it independently, but obviously it was in the back of
Moving to a COFF
On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 4:16 AM Thomas Paulsen <thomas.paulsen(a)firemail.de>
> 'T'was before my time, but the legend has it that the original BLISS-10 bootstrap
> compiler was a set of TECO macros that Chuck Geschke (Adobe's
> founder) wrote.'
> Really? TECO = Tape Editor and Corrector
TECO started as that for PDP-1 or maybe TX-1 (at MIT I believe). But over
time, TECO became the primary text editor on the PDP-10's for many, many
people in the ARPA community. I learned it as my second, PDP-10 text
editor (I learned a line editor, who's name I forget, that was similar to
the IBM's editor when I got my first PDP-10 account, but quickly moved to
TECO). FWIW: The original EMACS was a set of TECO macros. The historical
truth is that besides being the primary text editor, it was so rich in
function that TECO became for the PDP-10 what Jon Bentley describes as a
'little language' and was used for all sorts of small hacks.
The later Unix world created other tools, be it sed, later awk, and the
like. But for the PDP-10 world, TECO very much that low level engine that
a lot of people used.
When BLISS was written, CMU did not have UNIX (and thus nor any of the UNIX
tools - as I had a small hand in making UNIX happen @ CMU in the early
1970s). But when I arrived, the two PDP-10's (CMU-A and CMU-B) reigned
supreme as primary CS (and EE) systems, along with the CMU hacked version
of IBM's TSS running on the 360 for everyone else (and where I got my first
real programming job), plus CMU's own TSS/8 on couple of PDP-8s that were
FWIW: Chuck used the PDP-10's for his work as a grad student. He also is
famous for being the first PhD to produce his thesis on a 'laser printer',
the CMU XGP (it was not a laser as today, it was modified FAX machine made
by Xerox). The fun story is that CMU's administration would not accept
his thesis originally because the library wanted the 'originals' to put in
the archives. It took 6-9 months for his thesis advisor (Bill Wulf) to
convince the library, that they had the originals.
Anyway, the use of TECO in such a manner was very much the way things were
done in those days, so the legend is very much possible.