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If you have any comments regarding articles or tips in this or any previous issue of the VOICE Newsletter, please send them to We are always interested in what our readers have to say.

Errata: There was a misleading typo in the article "The SCSI Workshop" by Eric Baerwaldt from the March issue. In the last sentence of point 2 of the list of RAID types, it should read "RAID-1 system", not "RAID-0 system".

February 24, 2002 - Following is a letter from Roger B. Walker:
Enjoy your articles very much. I have a terrible confession to make, I'm a windoze user win98se 4.10 2222 A. I do however posses OS/2 Warp 4.5 fix pak 15(WarpUp)!!! I dropped OS/2 Warp because of no device drivers for USB!!! I emailed Peter at PMVIEW2000 about the future of STI developing USB drivers for OS/2, but guess he is to busy to be bothered with windoze users!!! I have beat my brains out trying to use OS/2 for 10 years or more, have purchased OS/2 Warp Unleashed and Using OS/2 Warp manuals, but just can't understand using it??? I spent a 1,000.00 on software for it, with this my intentions were to convert to OS/2 forever and configure my machines and just leave them alone, using them when need be!!! But, ignorance has been in my way ever since:-( Is STI going to produce USB drivers for USB scanners, or is OS/2 dead here???

I have installed OS/2 three times, only to forget about it after screwing it up, and never learning how to fix it!!! Now, with Creative Labs new Audigy Platinum eX, I know no one has developed drivers for this soundcard in OS/2. By the way, I do have a license for Scitech's Display Doctor, but don't know if it will support my ATI All In Wonder Radeon tv card??? I have desired to go to OS/2 Warp ever since it came out, owning OS/2 2.1,OS/2 Warp 3.0 and now finally OS/2 Warp 4.5!!! I don't see me trying to go back with these new devices, plus what about support for DVD's and cameras and all??? Firewire???

If we windoze user can go back to OS/2 and just get support for the new technology, is this ever going to happen??? I would love to divorce B.Gates, but ignorance is holding me back. What would you or could you suggest?????????????????????????????????????? You guys due a wonderful job reporting about VOICE, just don't know if us Dummies will ever win??? Keep up the fine job your doing, KUDOS to all the developers of OS/2 and their are some wonderful people that would make anyone proud to be in the OS/2 OS!!! I keep going back to and just reading. JUST CAN"T EVER LEARN:-( Still lots of new things happening with OS/2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will it all come together??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Sorry to bother you, but will continue to read I guess!!!
Thanks for listening!!!

Here is Mark's response:
As to USB scanners, you should ask STI about it <>, but in the past they have said they had no plans to do so unless someone was willing to fund it. The problem with USB scanners and cameras is that there is no standard. Each is proprietary, so you can't just write one driver for all. IBM has stated that if there were a standard they would support it, but since each company supports windoze with their own, there is no motivation to do so.

Regarding the Ati All In Wonder Radeon TV card, I am not familiar with that card, but I believe that basic video features should be supported by SDD. The Readme for Release Candidate 1 shows the following as supported -

. ATI Radeon VE, Mobility Radeon, Radeon 7500, Mobility Radeon 7500 . ATI Radeon 8500

Cameras are like scanners, there is no standard. A few will work with the USB Mass Storage driver. Most require a special driver. As to DVDs, a multimedia DVD player for OS/2 exists. I have seen it demoed at the last two Warpstock events. However it cannot be legally sold or distributed because of the licensing costs. Find someone to fund the licencsng and it might actually make it out onto peoples desktops.

Finally IBM will support Firewire if someone pays them to write it.

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