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May 2000

May 13

The next meeting of the Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG) will be next Saturday, May 20, at 9:00 AM PDT, at Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage Campus) in Anaheim at 2528 W. La Palma Ave.

DSL Extravaganza?

At press time, our presentation from GTE was being jeopardized by a real estate developer. Watch the web site http://www.scoug.com for updates.

If you don't have it now, you'll want it soon! That is, fast, cost- effective Internet access. End the World Wide Wait! GTE, one of the biggies of xDSL providers locally, will tell us everything we always wanted to know about xDSL, what DSL services GTE provides, and answer SCOUG questions.

Former SCOUG Vice-President Paul Wirtz assisted GTE in its' pioneering DSL development efforts. And while GTE doesn't officially support OS/2, we'll also hear about DSL configuration under OS/2 from one of GTE's gurus.

This presentation, by popular demand, is not to be missed!

After the presentation, we'll have Q&A to help you with your questions ~problems, and then a raffle. After a short break, then the Saturday SIG meetings:

General Interest Group: Will have a new "interesting" problem trying to use the maintenance partition with Partition Magic 5's Boot Magic program and also demonstrate using a vanilla PC DOS boot disk when all else fails, to get at your system.

General Interest Group: Will have a new "interesting" problem trying to use the maintenance partition with Partition Magic 5's Boot Magic program and also demonstrate using a vanilla PC DOS boot disk when all else fails, to get at your system.

Programming SIG: Will continue working on the SIG's programming project.

Monday, May 22, 7 PM PDT meetings at Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage Campus):

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.

The Networking SIG will be meeting at the same time as the Help Desk in the Journalism room. They will take the tips from Saturday's DSL presentation and apply them to the school's DSL connection.

The Sundial SIG will not be meeting on May 25. Come join us on Thursday, June 22, to learn more about Mesa 2 macros and real-time data feeds.

How to get to Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage Campus):

The Eastside Christian School (Heritage Campus) in Anaheim is at 2528 W. La Palma Ave. It is on the south side of the street (about 200 ft. E of Magnolia) on the Grace Baptist Church property. It's a 2-story office building close to La Palma Ave. with the address of 2528 up near the roof. (It's between 2 large apartment complexes and can be easily missed). Look for the SCOUG banner (if you are driving eastbound on La Palma Ave.) and/or a sign with the words "New Hope Christian Center". Turn in (south) there. Park in the front lot. For the general meeting, go up the stairs in the middle of the building along the parking-lot side.

For the weeknight SIGs, go in at the middle on the ground floor and down the hall to your right.

Freeway exits: (subject to change due to freeway construction on I-5 and the 91 freeways):

1) North I-5 (from central/south Orange County): the Brookhurst/La Palma exit has re-opened. Get off at Brookhurst/La Palma and turn left (going west over I-5). The school/church will be on your left side.

2) South I-5 (from Los Angeles): take the Magnolia exit and turn right going south. Turn left on La Palma Ave; the school/church will be on your right side.

3) West 91 freeway (from the Inland Empire, etc): take the Magnolia exit and turn left going south. Turn left on La Palma Ave; the school/church will be on your right side.

4) East 91 freeway: take the transition to I-5 south. Stay to your right and take the Magnolia exit. Turn right going south. Turn left on La Palma Ave; the school/church will be on your right side.

OR: Go to http://www.scoug.com/directions.html; there is a map to the school, plus a more detailed map ~driving directions from Yahoo! Come and join us!

May 12

VOICE is pleased to announce a Live Internet Chat Session (Speakup) with Ulli Ramps of R.O.M. Logicware. The topic of this Speakup will be Papyrus 8, English version.
Date: Monday, May 15th Time: 8:00PM EDT (0:00 GMT). Where: WEBBnet IRC, #VOICE Channel. Guest: Ulli Ramps (R.O.M. Logicware) Topic: Papyrus 8

Papyrus is a Word processor and Office Suite for OS/2. The German version has been available for some time, now, and the English version should be released by the time the Chat Session starts.

For information on Papyrus 8, we invite you to visit the website of the Developer at:


VOICE Speakups are held in the #VOICE channel of WEBBnet IRC. IRC, (Internet Relay Chat) is a platform-independent method of conducting real-time chat session over the Internet. All you need is an IRC Client application for your chosen platform.

For information on native OS/2 IRC Clients, links to information on IRC and a link to a listing of WEBBnet IRC Servers that you can use to join the chat, point your browser to:


See you all, Monday :-)

May 09

**Please note the different day for this month's meeting**

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: The Long Island Trading Center, 2 Jericho Plaza in Jericho, NY. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) to exit 40.

From the westbound LIE get off at exit 40 East. At the next traffic light bear right onto Jericho Turnpike heading east and turn right into the first driveway

From the eastbound LIE get off at exit 40 West, it's easier than exit 40 East. Follow the signs to get onto Jericho Turnpike heading east, you'll end up going underneath the LIE. After going underneath the LIE, turn right into the first driveway.

The meeting room is on the second floor in the IBM wing.

Speaker: John Rodriguez of Hauppauge Computer Works will speak to us about the GRADD drivers being developed by SciTech. He might also give us an update on the OS/2 drivers for Hauppauge's line of TV cards.

As usual, our meetings start with news and views on the latest of OS/2. If you have any OS/2 news bring it with you to the meeting. All are welcome!

e-mail: jjsvitak@yahoo.com


May 03

Note #1: This meeting is a makeup for our March meeting where our featured guest could not make it due to a cancelled flight.

Note #2: Please try arrive by 6:30, we anticipate a shortened Q&A session to squeeze in all the product demonstrations we have planned.

Topic: Thin Client Computing and Advanced Telephony using OS/2
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2000 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P.: Henry Ferlauto ferlauto@mindspring.com

Location: IBM Building - 590 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-2524 (Southwest corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue)

Directions (via Subway):

+ 4, 5 or 6 to 59th Street (~Lexington Avenue) - Walk two blocks south to 57th Street and then two blocks west to Madison Avenue.

+ N or R to 5th Avenue (~60th Street) - Walk one block south to 59th Street, then one block east to Madison Avenue.

For complete subway and bus maps and schedules, please visit the MTA web site at:


Meeting Details:

We will have two guest demonstrating all the products.

They are:

(1) Kim Cheung

Marketing Director, TouchVoice Corporation:


Executive Director, Serenity Systems International:


(2) Chris Stumpf

C.S.E. Computer Services
Computer Consultant (OS/2, Lan, Wan, CTI)
Serenity Systems Channel Partner
IBM Certified Systems Expert - OS/2 Warp 4

They will be demonstrating all three (3) of the following programs:

A) WiseManager supporting:

a) DOS
b) Warp 4
c) W95, W98
d) eComStation - a new client based on Aurora

B) Concorde

C) TouchVoice telephony applications

a) Voice mail, auto-attendant
b) Telephony Database server
c) Custom telephony projects

As always, you are more than welcome to make our meetings more sociable by feeling free to bring munchies like pretzels, fresh fruit or whatever you wish to share with everyone. The more the merrier.

April 29

Just a reminder that VOICE will hold a General Meeting on Monday, May 1st at 8:00PM EDT (00:00 GMT) in WEBBnet IRC, #voice Channel.

We have not scheduled a Guest Speaker for this meeting, so we'll be discussing many different topics.

Warpstock 2000

How the DoJ decision might affect OS/2 Users

Which direction is IBM *REALLY* heading in

New developments within VOICE

And whatever you'd like to discuss.

As always, this is an Open Meeting ... you do not have to be a member of VOICE to join the meeting, or join in the discussion.

If you are unfamiliar with Internet Relay Chat (IRC), pont your browser to the VOICE Website http://www.os2voice.org and click on the link to Meetings (in the left-hand column).

If you need info on IRC Clients for OS/2, check out Judy's Warped World at:


For a list of WEBBnet IRC Servers, try:


These are exciting times for All OS/2 Users. I hope to see you all Monday night :-)

April 26

The April Meeting of the Trangle OS/2 Users Group will be held:

Tuesday April 28th, 2000
IBM Sales Office (5th Floor)
4800 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

The discussion will focus on recent OS/2 announcements and activities.

April 24

The OS/2 SIG of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society invites all interested computer users to attend the April meeting:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2000 7:00 - 10:00 PM
The Episcopal Academy, 376 N. Latches Lane, Merion, PA

-- IBM Information Presentation Facility --

OS/2 SIG member Barry Mann will conduct a presentation and demonstration of IBM's Information Presentation Facility (IPF).

These easy-to-use native OS/2 tools are available to turn a dull, flat ASCII text file into a slick-looking searchable .INF document. The only tools needed are your favorite text editor, the IPFC.EXE compiler and its auxiliary files.

Working with IPF is much like writing web pages. Enough basics to create passable documents can be mastered in a short time. Complex documents need more planning and management. We'll start with the basics, showing how simple ASCII files can be converted to .INF documents in a few minutes time. Following this, Barry will discuss how to organize larger works for IPF conversion.

Along the way, Barry will do live demonstrations of converting raw ASCII text files to nicely formatted .INF documents.

A brief descriptive announcement will also be made in regard to a Build-a-Thon II (build-your-own) group project which is being planned for the May and June meetings during this coming spring.

Other agenda items include SIG business matters, OS/2 news, new software releases, Q&A session, software raffle, etc. An OS/2 system will be on hand for demos of OS/2, Java, Internet, etc., as time permits. Free light refreshments will also be available.

Mark the date and time: Wednesday, April 26th, at 7:00pm, to hear about all the new and exciting developments, or if you have questions about OS/2 Warp and Java. OS/2 SIG meetings are open and free for OS/2 users, their guests and all others interested in learning about OS/2 and associated Java technology.

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

Further information, directions to Episcopal Academy, and other useful information about the OS/2 SIG activities may be found on our web site at:


or contact SIG Leader Larry Lavins: llavins@worldnet.att.net, or phone (215) 878-9609.

April 22
Membership Meeting and a SpeakUp with Sundial! Topic : MESA/2 Date : Monday, April 24, 2000 Time: 8:00PM EDT (0:00GMT)

VOICE is proud to host a speakup with special guests from Sundial Systems. This event is scheduled on the WEBBnet! (irc.us.webbnet.org) So be sure to flip on over to #VOICE Monday night April 24th, 2000 and Speakup with the Sundial Team.

A web interface can be found at http://www.webbnet.org/server.html... It's as easy as clicking on either one of two "Live Chat" circles.

VOICE invites EVERYONE to attend. Bop on over to the WEBBnet join #VOICE, take a little time to relax and enjoy an evening with VOICE members and the Sundial Team.

MESA/2 is the topic!. Sundial always hosts an excellent SPEAKUP, so "Spread the NEWS" to one and all. This is your opportunity to SPEAKUP! Your ideas and your prescence are all that's required for participation! We look forward to seeing all of you Monday Night!

Should you need more information on using the webbnet and IRC, assistance is available at http://www.os2voice.org/meetinginfo.html24hrs a day.

Hookup and Speakup Monday April 24, 2000 8:00PM EST (0:00 GMT)

For more information about Sundial visit:


For information about VOICE visit:


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