mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jul 9 11:04:31 CDT 2009
On Jul 9, 2009, at 11:50 AM, Rick Bensene wrote:
> I am wondering if anyone here has had dealings with Omni Systems
> (www.omnicorp.net) located in New Jersey, and if so, if the experience
> was good or bad.
> They advertise on their website that they buy/sell DEC hardware. They
> have an item listed on their website that I've been looking for, and
> want to get any impressions from those here before I contact them.
> Their website looks as if it hasn't been updated in quite some
> time, and
> the Email links provide addresses that are rejected by their server,
> which raise some yellow flags with me.
> Any help is appreciated.
I can tell you a lot about them. Omni Systems is a small company
with a handful of employees. It is owned by a man named Jim
Gonzalez. I have known him for about 26 years. He was my childhood
DEC mentor and is largely responsible for my "getting going" in PDP-8
and PDP-11 stuff. He is ex-DEC field service, and knows his stuff
very well. He left DEC and started Omni Systems some thirty years ago.
Before I was old enough to drive, I would beg my grandmother to
drive me up to his place (~2hrs away) with a stack of RL01 packs and
my RSX11M distribution tape, so he could make me a set of install
packs for my PDP-11/34a, as I lacked a magtape drive. I did that
about three times as I learned about sysgen and expanded my system.
He gave and sold me lots of hardware, and helped me get everything
running. Over a few years my grandmother drove me up there perhaps a
dozen times...she'd go upstairs and hang out with Jim's wife, while
Jim and I would descend to the first floor and hack on PDP stuff.
He and I lost touch for many years, but ran across each other
again about three years ago. This past March, on a big road trip, I
was able to stop by his place and hang out with his family a bit.
He is one of the most all-around great guys I have ever known.
I will call him and tell him about the email link issue.
Port Charlotte, FL
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