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Warwick Halcrow
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  • Sydney, NSW
  • Australia
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What is your industry?
Computing, Information Technology Consultant
How long have you worked with the Wang VS?
more than 20 years
What are your primary VS languages?
COBOL, PACE, BASIC, Procedure, Assembler
Are you presently actively working with a VS?
Do you have a "New VS" [a.k.a. "VSGX"]?
Is your VS the enterprise processor?
(Not applicable)

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At 10:15pm on October 21, 2009, Thomas Junker said…
Your comment reminds me that I have the last third party software catalog published by Wang in 1989. It is over 900 pages and lists software in every conceivable industry and application. We have made some small efforts to try to contact the listed vendors, but in the end we are short of the knowledgeable manpower to make such contacts. Surely, though, some of the listed products must still be on someone's shelf somewhere, ready to dust of and put back into production.
At 4:21pm on July 23, 2009, Thomas Junker said…
I think you may be onto something... the aging populations in all the industrialized countries are going to require more and better services, and computer technology will inevitably figure in that to cope with what would otherwise likely be overload.

The Wang VS used to figure in at least a couple of the promiinent hospitals in the Texas Medical Center here. As far as I know those are all gone now... the VSs, not the hospitals.

See the new post I am about to make on the developer program.
At 4:10pm on July 23, 2009, Marvin Percival said…
I dont know if I still have any software on disk lying around. I will keep my eyes open as I dig through stuff. I know I have some printed copies of code I was developing early 90's....
At 4:08am on July 6, 2009, Howard Mackrory said…
Hi Warwick,
Back safely, look forward to receiving your details from Asley, and then further contact.
At 10:34pm on June 21, 2009, Howard Mackrory said…
Hello you old reprobate - How the hell are you? STILL trying to sell things to the unsuspecting users.
Nice to hear that you are still around.
We are off to Bangkok (the most aptly named place on the planet) tomorrow, to celebrate our 50th wedding anni, but will catch up when we get back (3rd July).
I'm 71 now and weel into retirement (what is a VS again??)
I remember my 15 years at WANG along with many great friendships, with fondness.
Anyway you must (as I read somewhere) look to a successful future, with whatever for the VS has now taken.
Kind regards,
At 3:48am on June 21, 2009, Ashley Adlam said…
Hi Warwick,
Wow, your historical reminiscence was marvelous. I worked periodically with Jim Lennon when we was with Wang in Brisbane and then as a customer when he was at the council.
Up until a couple of years ago I had a lot of interaction with Casey bit I only communicate with hom once or twice a year now. Like Howard, he is still an absolute genius.
Also, I had a long talk with Howard (and Trudy) this afternoon. If you can send me your email address to:, I will send you both Howard's and Casey's email addresses (in case you don't have the latter). I have advised Howard I would be doing so.
At 5:22am on June 19, 2009, Ashley Adlam said…
Hello Warwick,
My sincere apologies for the long delay in replying! Thank you sir, for your recent comment. Howard and I shared adjacent cubicles for a decade and a half. After Wang, he continued his illustrious career (are such things even possible in IT anymore? - I'll have to check with India) at Ipswich City Council (where he also worked with former Wang employee Bob Dorset, who became their IT manager). Howard retired from the council and moved to the Sunshine Coast. I am now in the process of trying to contact him (something I have regrettably left for waaaay too long) but hopefully I will have some sort of answer to your enquiry within the next couple of days! I'll be in touch.
At 6:40pm on June 6, 2009, Thomas Junker said…
Nice, again! Keep in mind, though, that these Comments are not private. Ning supports private messages through the site, and there is always real email. The problem with saying much of possible general interest in these Comments is that there is no threading of the possible multiple participants. You post a comment and it goes on my page. I Comment back and it goes on your page. It makes for difficult reading. If not a blog, then perhaps a Forum topic.

I agree, though, that going forward is more important than rehashing the past. The past is valuable to learn lessons and avoid repeating mistakes, but I think many of us have long been keenly aware of Wang's many mistakes. What we need now is a strategy to create things that can have appeal to non-VS prospects. That's where the real long-term success of the New VS will lie. It's an excellent and friendly environment, and its standard languages are still excellent for business data processing.
At 4:34pm on June 6, 2009, Thomas Junker said…
And once more. The problem with these Comments, though, is that each side of a conversation such as we have been having appear in the Comments of the other person, making it very difficult for anyone else to read and follow. This should be in a Blog, but I know of no way to move the conversation to a blog without each of us copying in turn our Comments entries for the other person to a blog.
At 11:04pm on June 5, 2009, Thomas Junker said…
And yet more great words! I love it! I hope that New VS prospects and those from whom we have not yet heard may see comments such as yours and embrace the New VS as they should. Thank you.

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