Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Aug 2017 21:50 UTC
General Unix

In what's never going to be a regular occurance, I'm linking to a Twitter thread. Chris Espinosa tweets:

Just as I was wrapping up an email and getting ready to leave work, a co-worker rolled his chair over to show me an "interesting" thing.

Go ahead, read it.

UNIX, man. Not even once.

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RE: Capabilities
by acobar on Thu 10th Aug 2017 02:49 UTC in reply to "Capabilities"
acobar
Member since:
2005-11-15

You must be kidding you still have a working PDP-11, right? It was one of the first computers I had access on my uni, like ~33 years ago!

On a side note, I'm not surprise at all things like "double characters" and many other ancient capabilities are still around. On Unix world it used to be "if it is not broken ..".

Many of us that connect remotely to fix/check things still prefer to use "character" terminals for fast and practical reasons and in this world esc, \b, \r and other special chars and sequences are still king, and fun to play with. ;)

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RE[2]: Capabilities
by uridium on Fri 11th Aug 2017 12:59 in reply to "RE: Capabilities"
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2009-08-20

Yep. It's like classic cars, plenty of us aa^Hdd^Hdd^Hii^Hcc^Htt^Hss^H enthusiasts out there that still run them. Granted you can emulate faster than real hardware, but part of the charm is restoring, running and operating these old girls. I have a few. Once you've moved in the circles, pdp-11 owners come out of the woodwork. Plenty around ;)

There's even modern extensions now days such as Bilquist's BQTCP, Telnet, FTP, and web server (BQHTTP) for them. The old girls continue to run and be enjoyed. If you just want to emulate one, try simh as a starting point and see if you catch the bug. If you do, a cheap DECServer550 with the resistor and ROM hack is a cheap and easy entry-point.

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