Here’s a complete printset of the Venus Ibox, from 1984. It includes Ibox block diagrams, module and MCA block diagrams, and schematics for the MCAs and modules.
I’d bet my bottom dollar that there were ECOs after this version. But this hardware ran VAX/VMS and oodles of software.
Most of the page tops are faded. 75% of it is due to fading in the originals, and 25% is due to less-than-meticulous copying by FedEx.
Venus Ibox 1984-08-18
I worked with Steve Klosterman for a few years at DEC. He recently shared two 1988 papers written by Reesa Abrams.
These may already exist in some online computing history museum. But it’s a Sunday night, so here they are. They’re great reads if you’re interested in DEC culture.
Here are two revisions of the Venus System Development Plan.
I have Revision 3, but didn’t think it was worth having it scanned. Just imagine the average of revisions 2 and 4.
DEC archeological junkies will note the different names on the sign-off page. (Page vii in both documents.)
Prodded by comments on my two recent DEC posts, I dug some specs out of the dungeon and had them scanned.
Here’s the set of internal design specs for the VAX-11/750, a.k.a. Comet.
A follow-up on our undertaking of cutting the cord and using an OTA antenna…
Prodded by friends, we decided to have a roof antenna installed. Some channels weren’t coming in reliably with our in-the-closet setup, and some channels (notably KING5) didn’t come in at all.
It’s not easy finding an OTA antenna installation company. Many companies advertise satellite antennas without any mention of terrestrial antennas.
I went with Home Satellite.
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This is the first DevOps position in a small team. It’d be great for a developer with an operational mindset, or an operations engineer with developer chops.
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My dog, Skeeter, is recuperating from some serious medical issues.
Here’s your cutie petootie dog picture of the day.