We have extensive experience with Concurrent's 3200 Series machines. We are your ideal software solutions provider for your legacy OS/32 systems. Stuart Baker Software can provide you with software support in the following areas:
Capabilities & Background:
Let me give you a little background about my qualifications. My experience with the Concurrent hardware platform dates back to 1970 when I started working on an Interdata Model 4. At that time I was employed at North Island Naval Air Rework Facility in San Diego. I worked at North Island until 1986, doing software development on a Model 4, 7/32, 8/83 and finally a 3254. I formed Stuart Baker Software as a part time business in 1979, supporting the OS/32 community with custom drivers and telecommunications software. In 1986 I left North Island to devote full time to my own company. Since leaving North Island I have continued to develop software for OS/32 systems on an in-house 3212 currently running OS/32 R09-02.
I started writing standalone (no operating system) assembly language programs using paper tape on the Model 4. Since I came from a hardware background, I must admit I also made a few changes to some of the early wire wrap interfaces. These changes were necessitated when the programs I was developing could not perform all of the functions defined in the interface manuals. Since the interface cards were still being produced using wire wrap, modifications were simple to implement and test. Once the changes were checked out, I submitted them to Interdata for implementation in future interfaces.
When the 7/32 was introduced we quickly made the transition, but it was a painful process converting 75,000 lines of 16 bit assembly language to CAL (Common Assembly Language - 16/32 bit). The 7/32 came with revision R00-00 of OS/32 (I believe it was still in BETA test). R00-00 was not a stable operating system -- it crashed several times a day! Fortunately, updates followed quickly and they reduced the crash frequency to about once a week, a welcome change. The R00-00 version of OS/32 was a multitasking operating system, but it did not contain MTM, so it took a lot of work to make it multi-user. The advent of MTM (I don't recall the OS/32 revision) made life a lot easier for everyone. I have worked with every revision of OS/32 since, and have been a BETA site for many of the OS revisions. The transition from the 7/32 to the 8/32 and later to the 3254 went very smoothly because of Concurrent's commitment to task image portability.
Over the years I have added many features to OS/32 and its utilities. Concurrent has always accepted input from its users and has incorporated many user submitted enhancements into its products. It has been nice working with a company that does not suffer from the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome, even though most user contributions simply appear, uncredited, as enhancements in a future revision of OS/32 or its utilities. Because of the anonymous nature of the contributions, most of the time only the author has the warm feeling that his work was appreciated. The one contribution to OS/32 that I did receive recognition for was the BIOC (Built In Operator Control) driver. The BIOC driver was available through the Interchange library and was being used by so many users that Concurrent decided to make it a standard part of OS/32 by popular demand, starting with R06-01.
I became an Interchange member in 1971 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 1976. I served on the Executive Committee from 1976 through 1984 and was president from 1980 through 1981. After almost 10 years on the Executive Committee I decided to let others have a chance, and I have not actively sought reelection. However, I have remained active in Interchange, submitting articles for almost every newsletter and attending every annual meeting -- and some of those meetings have been memorable.
We have performed custom product development and consultant work for many companies, including: National Weather Service OSF, Orange County Sheriff's Dept., Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, CUBIC, AMEX, General Dynamics, Logicon, Perkin-Elmer, Croll-Reynolds, Loral Instrumentation, Macrolink, Wang Laboratories, Inc., Group Technologies Corp., McDonnell Douglas Corp., UCSD - Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Major OS/32 Programming Projects:
Acceptance of AUTOHASP as a Spotlight product in Concurrent Computer Corporation's Third Party Ventures program. Acceptance of my BIOC (Built In Operator Control) Terminal driver as a standard part of OS/32. Adoption of changes to EDIT32 to allow it to take advantage of BIOC. Adoption of my changes into MTM (Multi Terminal Monitor) to allow privileged-user status.
COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) programs written by me that are currently available for purchase:
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