Yes Adrian Canham and I were repairing some PR2's the other day reminiscing about the good old daisy and Diablo printers through to the phoenix and 288mb HDDs and were wondering if the gold VS would make a full scale return to the community. It has such economical benefits to any organisation, with dumb workstations and minimal administration responsabiltity it justs churns away in the corner and everyone's happy (except the Anti Virus Companies). The only problem with the old VS is that the support people are getting older too and the kids of today want all bells and whistles that they'd freak out if they saw a green screen with light screen type! So if you hear of a site in need of an old VS tech then this is the site to come!! Until then we are left to update our site page.
Good to hear from you. I had planned on retiring about now, but after most of my super went down the gurgler, I will have to hang in there for a couple more years.
I migrated all the VS data into MS SQL and an Access front end. Tried to give it as close to the VS look and feel as I could. The only bit that is used on a regular basis is the Payroll module as historical data did not get migrated to the new Payroll system.
It is now over 5 years since we turned the VS off!
What is the licence arrangements for New VS?
TechOne's Proclaim is our property and water system. Everyone involved with water billing says it's a bit of a dog's breakfast compared to MUNICS. It would be an interesting exercise to see if we could get MUNICS up and running, but at this stage we probably could not allocate resources and cash to do it. Maybee an interesting project for some wet weekends!
I have almost completely lost touch with the old VS community, both Wang and council sites.
Well, I guesss I have not mastered blogging yet, but for all of you in the New Wang VS website, I am pleased to have joined. I am not planning on being a worker again but I will keep in touch and show interest in the group. I scanned the list and there are many of you whose names I recognize. Hello to each of you and to the ones I do not recognize, hello as well. Jim
Hi Ashley, I do miss the old wang days, I do not expect to work again, I have retired but from time to time it is good to talk with old friends. I understand from Thomas that you are doing well. I think I mentioned I now live in Thailand, I think in a few years my wife and I may visit Austrailia, so I may actually see you again. Jim
Apologies for the "Remember Whens!", however there was another, even earlier than Howard, WANG VS support person; who relocated to Queensland. A Scotsman named James ( Jimmy ) Lennon, who last I heard, was a WANG VS manager at Logan City Council , so many years ago. He was one of the original Three Musketeers of WANG VS Support from 1978; they were George Castanos ( Hardware ), Jim Lennon ( VS Software Sydney HO ) and Anthony (Tony) Wooodwiss ( VS Software Melbourne ).
John Payne at that time was still supporting WANG 2200 PCSII, VP & MVP and didn't move into WANG VS support full-time till 1980. Greg Lambeth was the software support based in New Zealand and the perennial Casey Jones was supporting the NZ WANG VS Hardware. These fellows became synonymous with DSS and Mike Clarkin's "Skunkworks", special projects office.
At 5:47am on June 19, 2009, Warwick Halcrow said…
Thank-you very much for your reply. Howard was an Australian VS pioneer and a real gentleman, I always enjoyed his knowledege , intellect and sense of humour. I hope your search of the Sunshine Coast is successful and that we can all stay in touch.