I remember browsing in WikiPedia a year or two ago and found an interesting old computer running some UNIX or similar os, where the screenshot of the terminal was amusing because it was a computer or an account named my family name or very close to my family name ("Rosen*****"). I try to find which one it was but today having looked through all the VAX, VMS and PDP articles in Wikipedia I cannot find the one I was looking for. I'm quite sure that it was a system from 1970s or early 1980s where it was clearly seen from the screenshot of the terminal that the name of the machine was "Rosen****", Rosenholz or similar. I would like to find it if possible.

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    One of the principle designers of this interesting old computer has the surname, "Rosen." At least three different operating systems were developed for the computer, and one of those was Unix-like; But Mr. Rosen's name does not appear in the only screenshot in the Wikipedia article. Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 22:11
  • If I had two computers I might call them Rosencrantz and Guildenstern...
    – dave
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 23:40
  • @another-dave Maybe that was the real case. I'm sure there was such a screenshot of a vintage Unix system in Wikipedia but now I checked 42 of them and cannot find the one Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:01
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    @another-dave Found it! upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/OpenVMSlogin.png Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:13
  • I'm gratified my smart-aleck remark worked out for you!
    – dave
    Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 1:08

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Found it! "Welcome to Rosencrantz!" If this is Rosencrantz, where is Guildenstern? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/OpenVMSlogin.png

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  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were dead, but Rosencrantz was resurrected? Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:56
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    @MichaelGraf surely rebooted?? :)
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 7:12
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    @MichaelGraf It's a real family name in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and we are not fictional characters if I understand it correctly. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 10:26
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    BTW, the Living Computer Museum unfortunately has been closed (maybe permanently), and at least some people working there have been laid off. A real loss.
    – dirkt
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 10:32
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    @NiklasR.— Yes, of course. That's why (as far as I understand it) Shakespeare chose these names, to add some authentic Danish flavour to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. They then got remixed - hundreds of years later - into Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which is what I was jokingly referring to. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 13:51

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