March 2004

OpenVMS patch syndication:   I have just added a page linking to a number of RSS feeds that describe the site content of HP's ITRC FTP site. You can access it thought the menu item Patch Syndication. (130 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Another new lexical:   OpenVMS Engineering's Guy Peleg announces another new lexical function for OpenVMS 8.2. (23 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Programming FAQ:   I just stumbled across Martin Vorlander's OpenVMS Programming FAQ. (45 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Quick offical patch release:   Patch VMS732-SYS-V0200 has been released which incorporated the MULTINET_SERVER fix previously mentioned. (63 words, 3 comments, 0 pings)

A-patching we will go:   Patch kits applied to my two test OpenVMS 7.3-2 installations, including a fix for a potential upgrade showstopper involving the Multinet IP stack. (145 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Panic Day:   According to Chase's Calendar of Events, it's Panic Day today. (32 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Educational institutions:   I am adding a link to the menu bar pointing to the OpenVMS Educational License Program web page. Maybe we can raise awareness a little bit. OpenVMS licenses are available to educational institutions at no cost. (87 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Multinet 4.4A:   I have upgraded our crash and burn cluster to Multinet 4.4A (with the appropriate patches) in preparation for upgrading the rest of our OpenVMS systems here later this year. (38 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Ethernet failure:   Gaaa! Just when I was thinking that we had had a successful month with no hardware failures, a gigabit ethernet adapter failed in one of the GS160 partitions. Normally, this would have been fine, as they were configured to be dual redundant. But, due to some politics, the redundant adapters were being used as a private network for database lock traffic, and the machine dropped off the network. (68 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)