Or remember the beta version of .net the 8 CD pack with a bunny face on CD 5 and we had to run the 5th CD first and each time we used to think y 5th .......... And then it was the real test of one's patience
...when you sent your print output to the print queue and waited until the Operator put it in your Output slot (sometimes the next day). And the printer sounded like a good-sized sawmill. And the printer was the size of a console TV. And you remember what a Console TV is.
The CPU team was assembled from consultants (like Dan Dobberpuhl and layout lead Tim Thrush), newcomers (MicroVAX was Rich Witek's first architectural assignment, and John Beck's first NMOS design), and new hires; the FPU team was equally eclectic in its origins. MicroVAX was [B]allocated 2.5 VAX-11/780's[/B] for design use; [B]that's about half the computing power in a modern optical USB mouse.[/B]
And now you get with 10€ you get miniUSB stick with 4 MB, weight 10g.
I started on a VAX 11/750 then we added a 780 that was soon upgraded to a 782 that we 'clustered' adding a micro-vax then we added the 8nnn series. I worked at NOAA here in Seattle in the early 80s. We had PDP-11s in a back room to play with. I worked VAXen from Seattle to Raleigh then DEC was bought out by COMPAQ and discontinued - by the time I made it back to Seattle in 1999, there were no more VAXs to work on and I became a perma-temp.