they're moving to agile any day now

Great story: the most obsolete infrastructure money could buy. If you know the meaning of words/acronyms like RCS, VAX, VMS, Xenix, Kermit and many others and have been waiting anxiously for a chance to see them use in actual sentences once more, here’s your chance. Choice quotes:

> > [...] on my first day I found that X was running what was supposedly largest VAXcluster remaining in the world, for doing their production builds. Yes, dozens of [VAX]( running [VMS](, working as a cross-compile farm, producing x86 code. You might wonder a bit about the viability of the VAX as computing platform in the year 2005. Especially for something as cpu-bound as compiling. But don't worry, one of my new coworkers had as their current task evaluating whether this should be migrated to VMS/Alpha or to VMS/VAX running under a VAX emulator on x86-64 > >


> > After a couple of months of twiddling my thumbs and mostly reading up on all this mysterious infrastructure, a huge package arrived addressed to this compiler project. [...] > > > > Why it's the server that we'll use for compiling one of the compiler suites once we get the source code! A Intel System/86 with a genuine 80286 CPU, running Intel [Xenix]( 286 3.5. The best way to interface with all this computing power is over a 9600 bps serial port. Luckily the previous owners were kind enough to pre-install [Kermit]( on the spacious 40MB hard drive of the machine, and I didn't need to track down a floppy drive or a Xenix 286 Kermit or rz/sz binary. God, what primitive pieces of crap that machine and OS were. > >

Go read it, and try to avoid laughing, crying, shuddering, or shaking your head (possibly all at the same time).