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End of The Wang VS Community On Ning

After many years of minimal activity, I have decided to retire "The Wang VS Community" on Ning, and incorporate some or all of it into the web server that hosts "The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center", at the end of July 2019. This will allow me to better focus my limited resources on these projects that, while of great personal interest, do take time and money from my other endeavors.

The data export seems not to want to completely export the full contents of this site. Also,…


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on July 16, 2019 at 2:25pm — No Comments

VSGX and Lightspeed Supported Beyond 2014

Some folks have been confused by CompuCom's announcement of the end of Wang VS hardware support at the end of 2014. Legacy VS hardware will no longer be supported. This will not affect current VSGX [New VS] users except those few who have remaining legacy devices attached to their VSGX. TVS issued a statement, "VSGX…

Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on June 25, 2014 at 12:07am — No Comments

Accessing The VS Via Lightspeed From iPad

With the increasing use of iPads and other pad computing devices in the corporate environment, I want to pass on a solution from a Lightspeed customer for accessing the VS from an iPad. This solution utilizes Windows RDP and a terminal server. I would think that it could also be used to connect with desktop computers running Windows "Pro" versions or above via Remote Desktop.

After several false starts, with RDP apps that did not fully extend the keyboard, they were able to find a…


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on December 6, 2012 at 6:41pm — No Comments

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines completed migration project

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has recently completed a migration project to replace the old Wang VS 8400 and Wang VS 16000 machines by virtual Wang machines. This insures troublefree continued operation of a number of critical applications for the Engineering & Maintenance division. I supply my translation of the message from the project manager.…


Added by Wim Stijnman on March 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Propose an informal (first) meeting of Dutch/Flamish speeking members

Ouwerkerk, the Netherlands,


I should like to propose for a meeting with Dutch or Flamish speaking members some time later this year. Are the readers of this form who are also interested in such an informal first meeting?

Purpose of such a meeting could be unite WANG VS users and/or owners to export knowledge of the Wang VS system, or make others familair with the Wang VS architecture en operating system.

Of course everybody should be feeling free to partipate in…


Added by Jos M. Nijs on February 12, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Secure Lightspeed Connections The Free Way

How many of you have used lightspeed to connect to the VS remotely? Now, how many of you have lost your ability to connect remotely because of newer, more strict security guidelines? Does your office have a VPN? If not, you can use SSH, or secure Shell, to connect to your New VS securely. You can use a free, easy to use Windows secure Shell client called "puTTY" to make a secure connection to the new VS. With version 2.9.4 or above of Lightspeed you can tunnel your Lightspeed connection…


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on October 30, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments

2256GUI Also Available

Although I intended to introduce 2256GUI in a future article on common freeware tools that can be used to extend the VS experience it, I thought I would put it out there for community members now should they have a need for it. 2256GUI uses the freeware utility AutoHotKey to provide a GUI toolbar for the 2256net program for Windows.

The toolbar provides buttons for all 32 pfKeys as well as the Help, Erase, GL and Cancel keys, a screen capture button and buttons to grow…


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on October 20, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

VS_SendMail Available For Download

There have been some casual inquiries regarding sending emails from the VS and how and whether it was possible. TJ asked me to look into it back in April when I suggested that "it should be pretty easy." I had a bare-bones proof-of-concept application running in a day. I then turned that from a wholly hard-coded example into a usable example, sans documentation. Then, it was shelved for a while.

I recently picked it back up and tweaked it a little. I also added a bit…


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on October 20, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Wang Friend Finder Update

I have added 17 new entries to the Wang Friend Finder page on The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center. I have also added Help Center Live and tweaked a few other items. Have a look around while you are there checking out old friends on the Wang Friend Finder page.

Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on October 13, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments


I think Ning's billing Department was somewhat overwhelmed by the recent transition. I admit, I was holding my breath until our subscription was processed. So, Welcome to our Ning Plus-powered Wang VS Community. I also extend a special welcome to our spate of new members.



Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on August 28, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

As You May Have Noticed... is changing their hosting model. We will indeed be moving forward with their new paid service and have been anxiously awaiting the rollout. We anticipate more activity here in the near future and welcome all to continue vigorous participation.



Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on July 27, 2010 at 9:05pm — No Comments

A Great Loss

I knew Tom for 35 years personally and profesisonally. I don't know how many people realized exactly how brilliant he was and what foresight he had. In the 1970s he was passionately discussing issues that few people understood, issues that are the cornerstone of the online world today.

Tom, we will miss you.

Added by Jack Gostl on June 23, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

The Passing Of A VS Legend

The VS community has lost one of its greatest champions. Thomas Junker, the longstanding author of "The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center", has lost his battle with cancer. At his request this site will continue to serve the VS community.


Added by Thomas E. Mitchell on June 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

News about the PCI Universal Serial IOC

Dell threw us a curve ball with their 11th generation PowerEdge servers: no more PCI or PCI-X I/O slots, only PCI Express slots. This was a gnarly problem for us because our PCI Universal Serial IOC that provides connectivity for legacy "928" devices is, well, a PCI card. The baseboard we use is not going to be available in a PCI Express variant for some time. While the need for 928 connectivity is not as great as it was when we first introduced the New VS, it is vitally important for some… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on January 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

A well-known Wang person, Charlie Raimo, passes away

From William Cahill:

Ex-Wang guy, Lowell Towers (1980’s – 2000’s), Charlie Raimo passed away. Everybody who worked at Wang in Lowell Mass. knew Charlie.


Charlie's arrangements

From: "Moriarty, Dan"

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:02:31 -0400

To: "Jon Lowe"


Here are the arrangements for Charlie.


Charles Anthony Rocco "Charlie" Raimo

(April 17, 1955 - October 27, 2009)…


Added by Thomas Junker on October 30, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

New Intel QPI chip sets new record for VS performance

We're still finalizing the numbers, but early results indicate that the new QPI technology in Intel processors has pushed up the high-end New VS performance. Tests were conducted recently on a Dell R710 server configured with the Intel 5570 Xeon Quad processor running at 2.93 GHz with 8 MB cache and 1333 MHz memory speed. The chip's Turbo mode causes it to run at an effective speed of about 3.2 GHz, but the performance running the New VS comes from the cache and the higher memory bandwidth. QPI… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on September 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Thomas Junker is on Twitter

I finally decided to look into Twitter... nothing that had come my way had actually explained what it was or how it worked. OK, now I get it. I have no interest in using it for personal things but I thought I might try it out for VS and company things.

I am "WangVS" on Twitter. My "tweets" are public, and if you want to "follow" them you can, without approval. If you don't know about Twitter, you can see my "tweets" by visiting here:…


Added by Thomas Junker on September 9, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

We have been shaped by the VS

Ashley Adlam wrote:

> We've all spent too many years supporting the venerable VS to

> just cease any association with its legacy in our later years! Why,

> it has shaped our very psyches - and that actually explains a

> bloody lot. Seriously though, keeping in touch this way may help

> to alleviate your sense of loss from not getting any more of those

> challenging and enjoyable band printer calls. Bring back the 5573,

> 5574,… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on August 29, 2009 at 3:54pm — 5 Comments

Question for members: should site content be publicly accessible?

Presently the content of this site is mostly accessible only to members. While this encourages joining to some extent, it also prevents site content from being indexed by search engines. I was just reviewing some of the blog and forum posts and realized (again) that this good content cannot be found by people searching the Internet. Note that public access will NOT reveal email addresses of members unless they have posted that information themselves.

So... the question is: Should I… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on August 11, 2009 at 1:55am — 4 Comments

ODBC for the New VS

ODBC development is underway for the New VS, with the first pieces of functional code testing successfully done.

ODBC uses the fifth generation of the Virtual Device that provides control and data pathways between the VS and Linux environments. The Virtual Device is transparent to the VS OS.

Added by Thomas Junker on July 21, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

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