April 2005

ACS upgraded to 8.8-2:   We have been waiting for ACS 8.8 to upgrade our HSG80 storage controllers for a long time. A really long time. Finally, we have the hundred or so 8.8-2 cards in hand to upgrade our controllers, and I swapped out the five pairs in the development cluster this afternoon. (76 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

HP licensing:   There has been some speculation on comp.os.vms recently about software licensing for OpenVMS software products and whether it is legal to sell consolidated distributions. Here's what the HP website says. (156 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

meetup.com fees:   Today, meetup.com announced that organisers are responsible for a $19 per month fee to use meetup.com. That's rather incredible. Perhaps it's a late April Fool's joke? (92 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

He's talking about gremlins, right?:   Always design and code assuming that threads are more asynchronous than you can imagine. Anyone who's written a lot of code knows that computers have little creatures that enjoy annoying you. Remember that when you code with threads there are a lot of them loose at the same time. Take no chances, make no assumptions. Sage (and amusing) advice on programming with the pthreads library from David Butenhof. (68 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

E-mail Mark Hurd:   This web page invites you to e-mail Mark Hurd, HP's new CIO. I'll bet he gets introduced to the OpenVMS community in a hurry... (26 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)