Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jun 11 11:40:16 CDT 2009

On Jun 11, 2009, at 10:07 AM, John Foust wrote:
> As they say, even if you're coasting, you must be going downhill.
> Any business process faces the same issue.  If you can't easily
> expand or duplicate the process, if you can't easily hire the
> people to run it, you'll seek a replacement.  There's always the
> proverbial PDP-8 running a CNC machine for decades, but it's
> more difficult with systems that deal with changing product lines
> and increasing numbers of employees and their connected technologies.

   Well, some industries don't really have changing product lines and  
increasing numbers of employees.  I'm told (by someone who knows)  
that VMS is very widely used in the steel industry for controlling  
large plants (of the type for which downtime becomes unbelievably  
expensive), and for handling SMS messages in mobile phone networks,  
as two examples.


Dave McGuire
Port Charlotte, FL

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