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May 2000

Letters, Addendum, Errata

If you have any comments regarding articles or tips in this or any previous issue of the VOICE Newsletter, please send them to editor@os2voice.org. We are always interested in what our readers have to say.

April 15, 2000 - Here is a letter in regard to Don Eitner's View from the End(User) article in the May newsletter "The Operating System/2 Version is 4.50" from Alan Harrison :

After reading your column last night, I d/l the rsu version and installed on a P200,PII 266 and a dual PP180. The only problem was that the PP180 had Process Commander and I only saw the Warp Doctor help after the fact. A floppy boot helped clear that up. The IBM announcement made it pretty clear that the client in November would not be SMP and FP13 did not seem to recognize my second PP180. I have another dual PP180 with the WSeB beta which indicates SMP on the Internal Revision number. FP13 shows the_W4 on all three so far.

This borders on the ludicrous. IBM is so scared of Microsoft that they are extremely reluctant to even mention OS/2. And when they do, they have to lie about it. "No new versions or enhancements" yet we get an upgrade to 4.50. WSeB is 39 and now the fat clients are passed that at 40. I guess SMP was too much to hope for even if they could easily have given it to us.


April 16, 2000 - I only received one letter in regard to my April editorial asking for the VOICE Community to come together and recognize itself. From Gerry Chilibeck:

In the April VOICE....your editorial talked of getting to know OS/2'ers better.

Well, on the os2users list...it was started and Kevin McCoy offered his site at IDK-INK.COM. I gave it a go as did several others. For my mug shot, see my Sig below. There is no text, just jpg's.

As you will see, being retired, I spend my summers on salt water chasing big ones. (It beats PC room pics..IMHO).

Kevin put out a note saying "send me this info and I will send you back the html to put in your sig". It was that easy.

Steal it! ..... :<)

April 17, 2000 - Richard Gelderblom sent in the following in regard to a tip in the April Newsletter on speeding up Netscape with a RAM Disk; March 15, 2000 - from Matthew Shapiro

Addendum to the RamDisk and Tmp directories :-

There's also a free RamDisk package on Hobbes :


Makes a RamDisk as large as you need it :-)

April 17, 2000 - In regard to the February 2000, 'Applying Service with .DSK files' by Maynard Riley, here is a letter from Michael:

I saw your screenshot in the article and compared it to my os2serv.exe and my look really ugly so I change it by drag'n'drop from 'font palette' but when I quit os2serv and start again the old look apear again ! Is there a way tho solve the problem (what titlebar enhancer do you use) ?

Mark's response:
I use CandyBarz for the title bar gradiated color and font. The title bar clock and the extra buttons are from Xit 2.51 and the remapped standard buttons are from Object Desktop 2.0. Before using CandyBarz, make sure you make a backup or archive of your desktop, as some folks have problems with it.

April 20, 2000 - I received the following letter from David A. York, in reference to a mail address for an IBM Customer Service person - John Stinson, that I used to put in my Newsletter editorials. Seems John is no longer at IBM. Here is David's letter to IBM:


I use OS/2 on my home computer.

I have used version 3 and 4. In my family there have been a total of 4 purchases of OS/2. In addition, there has been a significant outlay for software. Including the purchase of Lotus Smart Suite for OS/2, and the SciTech Software video drivers (I choose to purchase them rather than use the IBM version).

I am pleased to hear of a convience refresh for the client. I desire to continue to use OS/2 if IBM will make it possible. Let me explain. Last fall I purchased a copy of Win98. I installed it, and ran it for several months. However, I am not satisfied to using Win98. I desire to continue to use OS/2.

I first bought OS/2 for the following reason: I operated IBM mainframes

for 7 years. I found the systems to be very efficient and completely reliable. But I discovered OS/2 by accident. I found out about OS/2 by looking at software lists in Computer Shopper.

I use OS/2. I like OS/2. I want to continue to use OS/2.

David A. York

Mark's response:
Been over a year since I last put John's email address in the newsletter. For a while I communicated quite a bit with him. I guess he has left IBM. A shame, since he was an OS/2 user and he seemed to understand our frustration. Most likely they replaced him with someone that has never heard of OS/2 or thinks that IBM killed it and no longer sells it.

You should still be able to get to Lou's write-in page http://www.ibm.com/cgi-bin/email-lvg.pl but I don't think writing to IBM will accomplish much of anything at this point other then get you a form letter that doesn't address any of your comments. But a letter to the USDOJ might get them interested in supporting their own product, rather then only their competitor's product. See my current editorial for addresses for the USDOJ - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0500H/vnewsf1.htm#Note1

Thanks for writing.

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