Started by Bella, September 05, 2007, 07:34:57 PM
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QuoteI myself compromise between both your propositions, and do picture the OS-tans living in some surreal cybernetic world which at the same time parallels our own real world. The Windows-tans and Mac-tans live in their company-provided housing (in the Mac's case, a living breathing house), whereas most of the other OS-tans live scattered throughout the world. In some cases they band together into their own cooperatives, such as the Vintage girls at the Binteji Renmei
Quote from: "Bella"QuoteI myself compromise between both your propositions, and do picture the OS-tans living in some surreal cybernetic world which at the same time parallels our own real world. The Windows-tans and Mac-tans live in their company-provided housing (in the Mac's case, a living breathing house), whereas most of the other OS-tans live scattered throughout the world. In some cases they band together into their own cooperatives, such as the Vintage girls at the Binteji Renmei Questions like this, inevitably, lead to "where did they come from" or "what are they". I mean, how does hardware and stuff (which one OS can run of thousands of) add into this? I don't these are completely answerable.
QuoteOr just do as you please Aside discussions about OS-tans origins (I mean, where did they originated, who created them, what inspired them, they're accepted designs, etc), which are already difficult to answer, OS-tans =/= serious businessSo when drawing I think the only thing you have to is to draw as you please and have fun. Thats the spirit of memes (including OS-tans), so it's almost pointless to try to find a logical explanation that applies to all the OS-tan material out there.Applying Nejin's opinion here: logic is to OS-tans as relativistic physics is to quantum physics
QuoteYou also forgot to mention that you're technically creating a comic as well, and need some sort of halfway-coherent universe in which to stick your characters in else they lose half their charm as OS personifications. I originally loved OS-tans, not necessarily because of how they looked, but also because of all the witty technical references employed (e.g., ME-tan emptying out a recycling bin, or fragmenting a defragging job by 2K-tan, or opening a love letter to unleash worms, etc.).
QuoteWith Unices and DECs, the challenge for Bella-san is greater because she's never even heard of them not but a few months ago, and has to be able to research quite a lot about them before she can hope to match the same level of witty referencing and easter egg laying. Otherwise, you just end up with generic (albeit beautifully-dressed) characters with old operating system names plastered on them (otherwise known as Console-tans.... ^________^;
QuoteThe first spam in computer history was sent in 1979 by a Digital employee. Over 400 people received his promotional message via the Arpanet network.
QuoteOne of the most unusual peripherals produced for the PDP-10 was the DECtape. The DECtape was a length of standard magnetic tape wound on 5" reels. However, the recording format was a 10-track approach using fixed-length numbered 'blocks' organized into a standard file structure, including a directory. Files could be written, read, changed and deleted on a DECtape as through it were a hard drive. In fact, some PDP-10 systems had no hard drives at all, using DECtapes alone for their primary data storage. For greater efficiency, the DECtape drive could read and write to a DECtape in both directions.
QuotePDP operating systems were the model for many other operating systems. CP/M used a command syntax similar to RT-11's, and even retained the awkward PIP program which was used to copy programs. DEC's use of '/' for "switches" (command-line options) would lead to the adoption of '\' for pathnames in Windows as opposed to '/' in Unix.
QuoteAs an aside, the three brought up a final test version on the main VAX used by the VMS development group. No comments were heard from the VMS developers whose terminals greeted them the next morning with a Unix login prompt...
QuoteDOS-11 was not known to be easy to use even in its day and became much less used in 1973 with the release of the RT-11 operating system.
QuoteI'll post some more ideas, cause now I have to go. to. sleep.
QuoteThe first versions of the C programming language and the UNIX operating system ran on Digital's PDP series of computers (first on a PDP-7, then the PDP-11's), which were the first commercially viable minicomputers, although for several years Digital itself did not encourage the use of Unix.
QuoteThe VAX could use both Unix and DEC's own VMS operating system.
QuoteDEC tried to compete in the Unix market by marketing the VMS operating system as "OpenVMS" and by selling their own Unix (OSF/1 AXP, later renamed Digital UNIX, and even later Tru64), and it began to advertise more aggressively. DEC was simply not prepared to sell into a crowded Unix market however, and furthermore the low end PC-servers running NT (based on Intel processors) took market share from Alpha-based computers. DEC's workstation and server line never gained much popularity beyond former DEC customers.
QuoteDEC was acquired by Compaq in June 1998, which subsequently merged with Hewlett-Packard in May 2002.
QuoteI'm really not sure what -tan designs would fit such old OS's as TOPS or OS/8, but here are some random thoughts on the perspective, post-Unix, DEC OS-tans, as a whole:
QuoteMakes me think that while the DEC OS-tans were willing to do business with Unix-sama (and probably on many occasions) they, openly, did not like each other,*I can just imagine where they (VMS-san, RSX-san, etc...) invite Unix-sama to dinner, just to tell her that they hate her...but...not to let that get in the way of business...Or a hi-larious scene with crazy DOS/Batch 11-tan and Unix-sama...*
Quote...The DEC-tans and Unix-sama (and/or her daughters) probably got into a few battles. Moreover, NT-san may have, at some point, gotten into a fight or two with her very ancestors, ironically not knowing the truth behind her "enemies"...
QuoteThe still alive or marketable DEC-tans (like Digital Unix, [AKA Tru64 Unix]-tan and VMS-san) were taken in by Compaq when they bought out their company. Later they became in league with HP; Therefor, I believe HP UX-tan would be their "stepsister". I'm not really sure how these shakeups would have effected the former DEC-tans...I mean, OpenVMS still seems to be alive and kicking at HP...but psychologically, being separated from her home, her culture, and her old relatives...
QuoteFYI, I had a loose character concept for TOPS-sama before as something of a Mitsune (from Love Hina) type. But that's in her Binteji Renmei form, where she's laid back "enjoying" the fun and frivoloties of retirement. In her youth she would have definitely been a fighter. ^__^
QuoteYeah, that sounds about right. UNIX-sama may have been more hot-headed in her youth, but now she finds that kind of unbridled hatred amusing. Ther is no love in business after all, which makes conversations with Linux-sama all the more refreshing since she has no coherent grasp of traditional business "etiquette".
Quote(I imagine that for the uber-old school DEC-tans, they probably view Linux as some kind of idealistic brat, nutcase, hippy or [choose your old-fashioned admonishment]. ^__^'
QuoteI don't want the DEC-tans to appear ignorant, as they still possess SOME connections and can find ways (however covert) to get information. But imagine if you will that VMS-sama helped M$ all on her own without divulging this to anyone in her family (although RSX-sama may have found out on her own anyway), and thus she's the only harboring the secret of the "abomination's" true identity?No real reason to do so, other than to heighten the soap opera sense of drama, especially when NT-tan is unknowingly asked to fight blood relatives. ^___^'
QuoteFufufu... well now you definitely know why I wanted to keep VMS-sama as living in the fringes, since she's trying to eek out an existence in a world far removed from the one she grew up in. In the case of her employment at Compaq, I reckon it would be akin of taking up a job as a temp after spending half your life working as a CEO of a famous company. It puts bread on the table, but she hates it and spends as much time on her own as humanly possible. ^___^'