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April 1999

See you in Atlanta!

An editorial view from Mark Dodel, editor of the VOICE Newsletter editor@os2voice.org

It's official and if you attended the VOICE Speakup on March 20th you were there when it was first announced (well except for Stan's boo-boo on the Warpstock list :-P). Warpstock 99 will take place in the heart of Coca Cola country. Yes the dates are set for Oct 16th and 17th at the Georgia Internatiional Convention Center. The local organizing committee is still negotiating room rates at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport (which is conveniently next to the convention center), but they stated that rates will be less then last years rates at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. For more on Warpstock 99 see the transcript at http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V032099.LOG.html and be sure to checkout the Warpstock web site - http://www.warpstock.org for announcements on hotel rates and reservation information. Come hell or high water, I plan to see you all in Atlanta.

In March/April VOICE sponsored a couple of other great Speakup sessions that were actively attended. If you missed any, you can catch up by reading the transcripts at http://www.os2voice.org/transcripts.html. As always, if there are any special guests you would be interested in hearing from please drop us a line - editor@os2voice.org. We welcomed back Peter Nielsen,on March 29th, and there was a lively discussion on his upcoming 2.0 release of PMView. Finally on April 5th, we had a Speakup session scheduled with our good friends at Sundial Systems on one of their new OS/2 native applications Rover Pack -a new desktop navigation and enhancement product. Please be sure to check out the updated VOICE Future events Calendar in this newsletter or on the VOICE website at http://www.os2voice.org/calendar.html for more details on VOICE events.

Speaking of IRC, the folks at SCOUG are now charging full force onto Internet chat with a weekly scheduled meetings and help sessions. Check it out on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10PM EDT (7PM PDT) in the #scoug channel on WEBBnet. For more information see the web page at http://users.deltanet.com/users/dwatson/irc/overview.html. Tell them VOICE sent ya. :-)

The microsoft anti-trust trial is drawing to a close and the legal outcome is pretty much a given ("duh, a monopoly? us? let me show you a video that disproves we control 90% of the pc market through coercion, lies and extortion. It's our quality code and concern for the enduser that drives our software sales."). I hate to sound like the typical anti-microsoft OS/2 user, but anything short of a guilty verdict would be a complete travesty. I may be biased, but that doesn't make me any less correct. It is now time to focus on the penalty phase. I myself doubt that the US judiciary has the guts to do what needs to be done, but you never know. Please be sure to read Don Eitner's letter to the US DOJ voicing his opinion on how microsoft's strangle hold on the computing world should be broken in our Letters section.

I haven't bothered with posting the contact address for the USDOJ for a few months so if anyone is interested in making their feeling's known here it is:

Joel I. Klein
Assistant Attorney General
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
601 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

The email address is antitrust@justice.usdoj.gov, however I believe a written communication has more effect then electronic. My own belief is that they should just prohibit any and all exclusive pre-load contracts with large pc manufacturers. It's the pre-loads that have made microsoft king of the pc world. IBM's PC division lost almost a billion dollars last year. Want to bet that microsoft made a large profit off of all those pc's IBM sold, where no buyer had any choice as to what they wanted installed on their new purchase? Give a volume discount, but don't forbid a manufacturer from loading a competing operating system. In addition micro$oft should be heavily fined for all their past transgressions (I'm talking billions, not a few million which is just pocket change for bill gates). Otherwise leave micro$oft alone to wallow in it's own decay, but allow those of us who detest mediocrity to have a choice when we purchase new hardware. Yes, the overwhelming majority of pc users will continue to demand their windoze, and that is their right. I just don't want to have to pay the micro$oft tax anymore. There is a definite shift in the winds now that I see that Dell is offering Linux pre-loads and actually lists an OS/2 pre-load (though Warp 3 for some bizarre reason) on their new online site. Of course I don't run Linux, but it's a start in the right direction.

In this issue of the VOICE Newsletter we begin with an article by Brad Barclay on his success with installing X-10 home automation with House/2 . Peter Lazenby gives us his thought's on the state of OS/2 Accountingware, or All Bark, No Bite. Then Tom Nadeau finishes up his with "Y2K and the Search for Scapegoats -- Part 3", Adrian gives a helpful article on How to install SSH and SSHD for OS/2, and I take a look at a new offering from Sundial Systems - Rover Pack 2.7. Wrapping things up in the VIEW from the End(User), Don Eitner adds some more info in his article "PMView 2.0 - Addendum".

Mark Dodel
Editor, VOICE Newsletter

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