so in an effort to see what a /normal/ OpenVMS system is like (as opposed to the hacked to hell, covered with home grown stuff we have at $COMPANY), i signed up for an account on the DeathRow OpenVMS Cluster.
it's pretty weird. even on VMS at work, i was used to having all sorts of unix compatability commands lying around. on DeathRow, they don't have any of them. i'll have to train myself to use DIR instead of ls ;-)