Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:50 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows Windows NT turned 20 years old today. From a 1998 story about NT, written by Mark Russinovich, "I'll take you on a short tour of NT's lineage, which leads back to Digital and its VMS OS. Most of NT's lead developers, including VMS's chief architect, came from Digital, and their background heavily influenced NT's development. After I talk about NT's roots, I'll discuss the more-than-coincidental similarities between NT and VMS, and how Digital reacted to NT's release."
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surreal
by NuxRo on Sat 27th Jul 2013 21:58 UTC
NuxRo
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2010-09-25

Wow, that story of the lineage seems so surreal, like watching an old soviet scifi film.
I wonder how in 50 years time our kids and grankids will look back at our current technology.

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RE: surreal
by shotsman on Sun 28th Jul 2013 05:26 in reply to "surreal"
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2005-07-22

They will look back and shake their heads in amazement at how primitive we all were. The term 'embedded' will have a very different meaning to what we refer to today.

On the subject of VMS and Dave Cutler, my friends from those days at Spitbrook Road all said that he was a PITA to work with and that many felt happy when he left to goto Microsoft.

I can't help but smile in that MS might be going through the same 'events' that DEC did in 1991/92 when the market for the mini-computer disappeared almost overnight and the senior management were seemingly oblivious to it. With the PC market tanking and MS seemingly thrashing around trying to find a new relevance I can't help but draw parallels to the DEC of '91/'92.

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RE[2]: surreal
by Tuishimi on Sun 28th Jul 2013 07:54 in reply to "RE: surreal"
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2005-07-06

I never worked with him personally, I joined VMS after he left. I rented from someone who worked in VMS while he was there and he never complained... but then again he usually left work AT work.

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RE: surreal
by Drumhellar on Sun 28th Jul 2013 08:10 in reply to "surreal"
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2005-07-12

Today: Embedded refers to pretty much anything that either serves a specific, limited purpose, or more generally, anything that fits in a tiny box (like a cellphone).

50 years from now: Embedded refers to that chip that is embedded in your eyeball because you have detached retinas and this is how you see.

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