My first “real” programming jobs involved porting software to DEC’s new VMS operating system. VMS still exists today, but its days are certainly numbered. HP has just announced that they’re not porting it to the next generation of their big Integrity servers. They will support it for a couple of years on their existing machines, but this really is the end.
If you’re not familiar with the history of VMS, the Register has a nice, short synopsis, including the story of some of its descendants. If you remember my blog post about the i860 a couple of years ago, that was for a machine which was related to the N-Ten project which is described in that article.