Chapter 9. Terminal Services

Technology has a weird habit of looping around. When I started in technology 14 years ago, my first job was at Logica, where I was a VAX/VMS systems manager. At that point, my computing experience had been based on PCs and Amiga 500s, so imagine my disappointment when this huge multinational computer company sat me in front of something that looked like an old black-and-white TV. It turns out I was on a VT320 terminal, which mapped via a Local Area Transport (LAT) port to a server that performed all the processing and passed back the output of commands entered via the keyboard to the VT320’s screen. My VT320 was a dumb terminal; it was just an input/output device, and the main server did all the processing.

As I worked ...

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