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March 26

The Philadelphia OS/2 User Group invites all interested computer users to attend the March monthly meeting:

. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2000 7:00 - 10:00 PM
. The Episcopal Academy, 376 N. Latches Lane, Merion, PA


Many members have recently expressed an interest in Linux, which has become the subject of continuing speculation and questions at our meetings. Several members have already installed it and have accumulated a base of useful experience and knowledge. PhillyOS2 member Jim Nuytens has invested considerable time and effort with Linux, and will do a Linux presentation at the March 28th meeting.

Jim's presentation will be based on the Mandrake Linux, one of a myriad of Linux distributions, but one of the better ones for a number of reasons that he will discuss at the meeting.

The presentation will focus on the client aspects of Linux. He will discuss the various apps that come as part of the Mandrake distribution, including KMail, the KDE web browser Konqueror, the newsgroup reader KNode, and the well-known graphics editing tool called The GIMP. He will also give you his impression of what the future holds for Linux in general.

Additionally, Jim will discuss installation issues, how well Linux gets along with OS/2's Boot Manager, and the use of Linux's LILO and/or Grub programs to replace BM for booting multiple OS's.
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This month's REXX session will cover built-in functions, including Input/Output, String Manipulation, Time and Date. Experiences with last month's exercises will also be shared. Participants wishing to share their solutions or ask questions are requested to provide a few printed copies of their program and a copy of the CMD file on a floppy disk.
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Other agenda items include U/G business matters, OS/2 news, Q&A session, new releases ~raffles. Free light refreshments.

Philadelphia OS/2 meetings are open and free for OS/2 users, their guests and others interested in learning about OS/2 and associated technologies.

WE SUPPORT THE JAVA LOBBY: http://www.javalobby.org

Further information, directions to Episcopal Academy, and other useful information about the OS/2 U/G activities may be found on our web site at http://www.phillyos2.org, or contact U/G Leader Larry Lavins: llavins@worldnet.att.net, or phone (215) 878-9609. - - Larry Lavins

Larry Lavins <llavins@worldnet.att.net>
Leader, Philadelphia OS/2 User Group

March 13

The next meeting of the Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG) will be this Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 9:00 AM PST, at our new meeting location: Regal Lanes in Orange at 1485 N. Tustin Ave.

Game Emulation on OS/2

Jerry Rash, SCOUG's very own multi-media expert, will demonstrate how he does game emulation on OS/2. You need three (3) things: the emulation program, the game cartridge files that you'll be playing, and the OS/2 joystick driver, which are all free and available on the Internet. Should be fun!

After the main meeting presentation, we'll have Q&A, a raffle, and then the Saturday SIG meetings:

Internet SIG and Sundial SIG: TBA

Programming SIG: Terry Warren will continue where he left off in February. He'll cover the basics of TCP/IP, including addressing, routing, and OS/2 tracing and packet formatting capabilities. Protocols that will be discussed include ICMP (RFC 792 et al), ARP (RFC 826), DHCP (RFC 1541), IP (RFC 791), UDP (RFC 768) and PPP (RFC 1661).

Help Desk chats are on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM PST. If you've got a problem with hardware or software, join the chat and ask for help. For further info, go to http://www.scoug.com/chat/index.html

Sunday, April 1, 2:30 PM PDT meetings at Chapman University, Orange (note Daylight Savings Time starts on this date this year):

OS/2 Help Desk: Got problems with your system? Volunteers at the OS/2 Help Desk will help you solve them. Bring your system and all related hardware and software, along with a detailed explanation of your problem.

Networking SIG: Will be providing help to members setting up a peer network and connecting their local LAN to the Internet via a cable modem connection, DSL connection, or a dial-up connection via an ISP.

How to get to Regal Lanes:

Regal Lanes is located on the east side of N. Tustin Ave., 2 blocks north of Katella Ave. in the city of Orange, CA. It's at the corner of Tustin and Van Owen.

>From the 55 freeway, exit Katella Ave. heading west. Turn right (north) at the signal onto Tustin Ave. At the next signal, which is the corner of Tustin and Van Owen, you will see Regal Lanes on your right-hand side. It's across the street from the Toyota of Orange auto dealership.

There's lots of parking on the south side of the building. Enter from the east entrance of the building (farthest from Tustin Ave.), not the main (front) entrance to the facility. Take the stairs to the 2nd floor; the meeting rooms (and restrooms) will be on your left-hand side.

Handicapped access is via an elevator by the front door.

OR: Go to http://www.scoug.com/directions.html; there is a map to Regal Lanes, plus a more detailed map ~driving directions from Yahoo!

How to get to Chapman University:

There are two ways to get directions:
1) Go to http://www.scoug.com/warpexpowest/sitemap.html
2) Go to http://www.mapquest.com/ and enter the address 400 N. Center Street, Orange, CA.

You can park in any of the University lots for free on Sundays, but if you part on the street, watch the signs carefully or else risk getting a parking ticket.

Come to Hashinger Hall Science Building, room 203. It's on the second floor and there's an elevator for you to bring up your equipment.

Come and join us!

March 05

Despite the fact that many among us are at a considerable low point due to the untimely death of our leader, we at VOICE think it's important that we continue with the work of VOICE, the education and promotion of all things OS/2. As trite as it may sound, Dan would have wanted us to keep on working, and not give up because to our sadness.

Therefore with that in mind, I'd like to see as many people as possible at Monday's Speakup with Sundial Systems. These are always informative, and usually very entertaining. This month's topic is Junk Spy 2.0. So SPAMers need to start quaking in their Gucci loafers, for it sounds like Sundial has even more up their sleeve for round two of the junk mail battle.

Junk Spy is a program that monitors your mail traffic to intercept the annoying, unsolicited posts we all seem to be getting more and more these days. It works with most of our favorite OS/2 mail programs. For more on Junk Spy please see Sundial's web site - http://www.sundialsystems.com/junkspy/index.html

The place: is #voice channel on the WEBBnet IRC network. For a list of current WEBBnet servers - http://www.webbnet.org/server.html

The time: will be 8PM EST (01:00 GMT) on Monday March 5th. Need a more precise time for your location? Check out http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

If you are new to IRC, please check out our meeting information page http://www.os2voice.org/meetinginfo.html Here you find information on OS/2 IRC clients as well as a web IRC interface.

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