More IBM-tans III: The One With Actually More IBM-tans

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May 02, 2019, 01:45:38 am Last Edit: May 05, 2019, 12:37:16 am by stewartsage
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We're approaching the ten year anniversary of my starting work on the IBM S/360-tans in another like nine months.  In honor of that momentous occasion, where my future waifu would say,
Quote from: Bella on January 16, 2010, 04:46:24 pmOMG, Stewartsage-- you ARE the hardest working man in OS-tan business. O.O
I bring you...  A S/360-tan I didn't even learn about until last year!

Also some other stuff.  From PDP-8's herd of lil' OSes.

COS/360: AKA COS/50
-Possibly a shapeshifter of some sort (Today she'd be an emulator, that didn't really exist in 1966 so it was apparently an OS running under an OS to pretend and be older hardware)
-Pretends to be a twin to DOS, to the point of mimicking her movements when together if it'll creep others out.
-Actually shorter than her sister.
-Feared by the older IBM hardware-tans, whom she can exert control over through touch (Designed to emulate IBM 1410/1440/1010/etcs to run their programs under DOS/360)
--Usually fights with a legion of 'zombie' obsolete hardware-tans
-Deeply comfortable with being DOS' pet assassin/psycho.
-Status: Feared Dead You don't know that~ Dead

Physical: Shorter than a mainframe by a lot, tends to dress soberly, lithe, not just thin, short hair, likes wigs

Sources: Catalog of Programs for IBM 1240-1401 1420-1440 and 1460 Data Processing Systems, Catalog of Programs for IBM System/360 Models 25 and above (January 1971), IBM System/360 and System/370 Bibliography (July 1973), IBM System/360 and System/370 Bibliography (September 1974), Seymour Metz, Mainframe Operating Systems, bit.listserv.ibm-main, (February 2000)

Card/Paper Tape Programming System-tan:
-Lowest of the low at IBM; the budget programming system for the budget hardware line.  She's not real self-confident
-Often a pawn for COS/360 even if COS can't actually mind control her
-Not a "real" OS
-A great math teacher, still very poor (Used for the well-supported educational IBM 1500 that then failed because of institutional funding issues)
-Got drafted to fill the IBM-tan quota (Used by the Signal Corps to teach electronics instructional programs)
-Excellent language skills, top translator despite being held in little regard (Card and paper tape!  Wow!)
-Got left in a ditch in New Jersey somewhere
-Status: Super dead

P?S/8-tan: AKA Poly Question Society Monitor System AKA MS/8-tan ALA R-L Monitor System-tan
-OS/8's aspirational big sis!
-Not actually any bigger
-More thoughtful than her sister, constantly tinkering, trying to improve herself (PS/8 was still being developed in 1993)
-DECArmy engineer
-Worries OS/8-tan and her are clones (they might be)(developed from MS/8 with PS/8 keeping more of those small-system traits)
-Works well with her PDP-8 mom despite a determination to keep things austere and on mission.  LINC is super proud of her.
-Status: Defiantly alive

Physical: A near copy of OS/8 except for her almost totemic single DECtape necklace, likes ribbons and other small things to stand out.

Sources: Three somewhat different personal recollections from the early 1990s.

MENU-8-tan:
-Annoying friend to PS/8 and OS/8
-Tries to "manage" their lives despite not being a DEC-tan (Proprietary system of Charles Lasner Associates)
-Quite good at it actually, but weak to being mocked for not doing anything on her own (Used to manage multiple PS/8 and OS/8 installations on one disc)
-A good card player (good at partitioning large discs)
-Solid contact to the outside world, still a DEC at heart (managed large hardware installations including PDP-8 units but not a company product)
-Status: Dead

Physical: The envy of her younger friends/coworkers, built along their lines but bustier, taller, dresses casually.

CAPS-8-tan: AKA CAPS-11-tan
-Music fanatic, ironically of vinyl.
-Can make 'the actual sound it makes'.
-One of PDP-8's numerous children, OS/8 is her favorite (utilities could also be run under OS/8)
-Eagerly leads a number of small projects for DEC.
-And small special forces groups for the DEC military
-Seemingly breeds small sapient cassette/dogs.  Kinda concerning.
-Very smug about not using DECtape, will openly disparage other kinds of paper tape systems
-Works well alongside OS/8, sometimes her second in command on military missions.
-Long-lived thanks to being ported over to the PDP-11 as well.
-Status: Alive

Physical: Close to her "sisters" in appearance, longer hair with curls, likes orange tones (to go with contemporary DEC graphic design), bleeds magnetic tape, slightly shorter than the others

Sources: Cassette Programing System User's Manual, Small Computer Handbook 1973

RAMP-tan: AKA Random-Access Multiple-Program-tan
-MTS' younger sister (developed in-house for U of Michigan's PDP-8 installation.  Wedged in with the huge OS/360)
-Has a collection of teddy bears, including her beloved Ursus Theodorus from DEC (joke by UM operators ordering a teddy bear featured in ads got them one)
-A down-sized MTS in everything but heart.  Very loud and talkative. (system equipped with noisemakers to get attention for paper replenishment)
-Can't stand the heat her sibling puts out though.
-Experiments with music recording and mixing. (Used for audio switching experiments)
-Car fanatic, especially American cars of the 60s and 70s (used in automotive testing at that time)
-Sometimes seems to sprout extra hands or tentacles (core for the 'data concentrator' to run U of Michigan's remote coms and terminals)
-May have a psychic connection to MTS-tan
-Status: Dead

Physical: Makes pretty quality clothes from paper (used huge quantities of paper), smaller, less curvy MTS-tan

Source: The creator's memoirs.

MODCOMP-tan: AKA MODCOMP I-IV-tan AKA Modular Applications eXecutive (MAX)-tan
-Gotta go to space.
-She works for space!  Should go there sometime. (Used to handle space shuttle launches and for work at SAIL)
-The web connection work is much less exciting.
-Florida-ness seeps through when she feels stressed, making her bitey.
-Wants to fight DEC and especially the VAX-based-tans but has already been beaten up a few times.
-Air Force Reserve and proud!  Gives her a reason to wear the uniform (Controlled PAVE PAWS) and get victimized by hang out with SAGE.
-Status: Just in the stars now.

Physical: Likes light clothes, shorts, sundresses, and the heat.  Doesn't mind humidity.  Very toothy.

Cancelled:
-FSOS: General Automation's Free Standing Operating System, not really interesting.
-DBOS: Disk Based Operating System, also General Automation, not really interesting.
-NCOS: UNIVAC OS, not really interesting.
-ACE: Can't remember what this refers to.

Delayed:
-MULTOS/MULTI-8: PDP-8 multi-user time sharing OS I'd like to work on but can't find much on.
-GEORGE 4: Preserved British OS, just haven't gotten to.  Might not end up doing it as it was mostly used for industrial control.

To-Do:
-SCPSYS: OS that ported a number of LINC features over to a pure PDP-8 environment.
-AMOS: Australian/New Zealand small PDP-8e OS
-TSS/8: Could have sworn this already existed but I can't find it. Carnegie Mellon University developed Time Sharing OS for the PDP-8.

Bella

Aww, I'm glad LINC has another person who looks up to her!

Tell me more about these casette-pets CAPS breeds... I'm intrigued.

Is MODCOMP me?

ACE was one of Alan Turing's computers IIRC.

stewartsage

Quote from: Bella on May 02, 2019, 08:39:16 amAww, I'm glad LINC has another person who looks up to her!
Not only that, but she's got an upcoming daughter with her and PDP-8, rather than just being uninvolved in the process! (SCPSYS)

Quote from: Bella on May 02, 2019, 08:39:16 amTell me more about these cassette-pets CAPS breeds... I'm intrigued.
They're awful little legged cassette tapes with eyes.  Kinda cat-like.

Quote from: Bella on May 02, 2019, 08:39:16 amIs MODCOMP me?
No, you saw the part where she's not bothered by humidity.[/quote]

Quote from: Bella on May 02, 2019, 08:39:16 amACE was one of Alan Turing's computers IIRC.
You're right, I forgot that in the backscatter.

Bella

Quote from: stewartsage on May 02, 2019, 10:47:40 pmThey're awful little legged cassette tapes with eyes.  Kinda cat-like.



Also, I'm astonished that MTS-tan managed to have a DEC sibling without committing sororicide. How'd they manage to get along, anyway?

Halian


[4:58 PM] Hālian: LOL "Got left in a ditch in New Jersey somewhere"
[5:00 PM] Hālian: I also approve of MODCOMP as Florida -tan

Bella

Quote from: Halian on May 03, 2019, 05:00:55 pm[4:58 PM] Hālian: LOL "Got left in a ditch in New Jersey somewhere"
[5:00 PM] Hālian: I also approve of MODCOMP as Florida -tan

If you're interested in more FL OS-tan goodness, I suggest looking up FLAC-tan.

stewartsage

Quote from: Bella on May 02, 2019, 11:53:06 pmAlso, I'm astonished that MTS-tan managed to have a DEC sibling without committing sororicide. How'd they manage to get along, anyway?



RAMP is more of a University of Michigan-tan than a DEC, she was just brought to life via DEC hardware.

Quote from: Halian on May 03, 2019, 05:00:55 pm[4:58 PM] Hālian: LOL "Got left in a ditch in New Jersey somewhere"
[5:00 PM] Hālian: I also approve of MODCOMP as Florida -tan

The ultimate fate of any IBM-tan that disappoints the hive.

Upcoming SCPSYS-tan is a South Carolinian.  Other than that there aren't a whole lot of -tans from the American South. 

Bella

Quote from: stewartsage on May 03, 2019, 07:53:18 pmUpcoming SCPSYS-tan is a South Carolinian.  Other than that there aren't a whole lot of -tans from the American South. 

As technical-southerner I support this development.