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VOICE has grown steadily in the past 4+ years since its founding. Not to the
grand proportions we had in mind when we first decided to form the organization,
but still to a respectable size. We originally formed as a response to the moribund
status of TeamOS/2, and the complete turn-around of IBM from promoting OS/2 as the
"connected operating system" and "the best gaming platform"
to the "do we still sell that?" operating system.
Since then some things haven't changed much. IBM still seems to forget they have
their own PC operating system in their quest to sell as much hardware as they can
or people really need. But you can still buy OS/2 if you can find someone to sell
it to you. Better still for about the same price IBM is overcharging for Warp 4,
you can buy a copy of Serenity's eComStation and get Warp 4.5, the features of the
MCP1(Merlin Convenience Pack), and a lot of extras. So despite IBM's attempt's to
drive us away, we still have a "slowly" evolving platform. We are far
VOICE has been something of a stable rock in these turbulent waters of OS/2.
Though we have never been able to do enough, or at least all the things we would
like to do, we have weathered the storms and we are still providing support and
education to the OS/2 community. To continue to serve the OS/2 community, VOICE
needs your help.
First off, we have two unfilled positions on the Board of Directors. We need
someone with leadership skills to take the position of President and someone with
good communication skills to take the position of Secretary. So far we have only
had one person step forward for the President and one person for the Secretary position.
We would like to have an election, and fill both vacancies in the very near future.
If VOICE continues to lose active members, without any replacements, there will
come a point when we won't be able to function at all any more. If you are interested
and have the time to commit to the task, please send a short bio and the position
you are interested in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOICE needs your help.
Next Warp Doctor needs to be revived. If you are unfamiliar with Warp Doctor,
the concept was to revive the old Warp Pharmacy. A site where you could go to find
answers to installation and general OS/2 configuration problems. We want it to be
able to answer any and all questions about OS/2. There is barely a start at http://www.warpdoctor.org.
The project has had several starts, but never had a real vision. If you have any
ideas on what you'd like to see in the ultimate OS/2 help site, please join us on
IRC on Wednesday at 8PM EDT (00:00GMT) in #voice on the WEBBnet IRC network.
Speaking of IRC, we need more participation at our online meetings. The lack
of attendance at our meetings is very disheartening. I know people are busy, but
we need your input. Are Monday evenings a particularly bad time for most people?
Since we are an international organization, it is pretty much impossible to find
a time that is good for everyone, but out of 240+ members I'd expect more then just
a handful to actually attend. If you have never used IRC, it is a great way of having
One thought I've had recently is to start a regularly scheduled Networking help
session on IRC. Maybe on Saturday or Sunday. Does this sound like a good idea? Would
people find it useful to get realtime help on IRC for networking problems? Would
any of the more knowledgeable OS/2 networking gurus be interested in attending?
Let me know if anyone thinks this is a good idea - email@example.com.
Let's not forget that SCOUG already has a
weekly help desk session on IRC, on Wednesday at 10PM EST(02:00 GMT). They have
had a lot of success with helping people with all kinds of OS/2 problems. If you
are interested in this please come to their help desk meetings on the WEBBnet IRC
network in channel #scoug - http://www.scoug.com/chat/index.html.
The Newsletter always needs help also. I try not to keep asking, but I do have
to send out a plea for help every once in awhile. If you can write an article reviewing
an OS/2 application or a piece of hardware, or an editorial piece, that would be
great. If you can help with editing or translating from/to German, we can really
use more help in those areas as well. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently several new folks have volunteered to help with the translation team. To
those who have volunteered to help with this and other tasks, many thanks. There
would be no VOICE Newsletter without you.
We would also like to thank the local German user group Team
OS/2 Region Trier e.V. that contributed an article for this issue. But that
is not all! We have agreed that we both are going to benefit from. They are going
to contribute reviews that are published on their website for the Newsletter and
in turn we provide them with an English translation. (And this month's article even
has been extended in the process.) That way those articles can reach a much larger
audience. This is the kind of help and cooperation VOICE and the OS/2 world as a
Finally if you haven't joined VOICE yet, please consider doing it now. It is
through the support of our members that we can continue to provide the support that
we do to the entire OS/2 user community. We have no sponsorship, other then our
members, so if people stop joining we can't expand our services and eventually VOICE
will die. You can join online at http://www.os2voice.org/membership.html
. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Andreas Linde and os2.org
for providing VOICE with web banner advertisments on the os2.org site. It still
amazes me that after all these years there are still people that don't know that
VOICE exists and what a great resource it is for all OS/2 users. If you have any
ideas on how we can get to more of these folks please let me know email@example.com
In April we had two general meetings on April 2 and April 16th at 8PM EST (00:00
GMT, 02:00 Berlin). You can review the transcripts of these and other VOICE IRC
events at http://www.os2voice.org/transcripts.html
This month we have general meetings on Monday May 7th, and Monday, May 21st at 8PM
EST (00:00GMT, 02:00 Berlin). In June we will have a Speakup with Sundial Systems
scheduled for June 4th at 8PM EST(00:00GMT, 02:00 Berlin). For more information
on attending online VOICE IRC meetings please see the VOICE Meeting Information
page - http://www.os2voice.org/meetinginfo.html
If you have an idea for a Speakup event, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and we will try to schedule something. Also on the VOICE Calendar are weekly Warp
Doctor team meetings every Wednesday at 8PM EDT (00:00GMT, 02:00 Berlin). As always,
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 future VOICE events.
To start off May's issue we have a review of the game FreeCiv
1.11.4, by Thorsten Thielen. This is a port of the *NIX Civillization II
like game, that that requires XFree86/OS2.
Next Lothar Frommhold writes about his success with DVD
RAM Disks and eCS, OS/2 . It's nice to see that OS/2 is able to use this
cutting edge storage media without any special doodads.
Eric Landrieu returns this month with more on his quest for USB nirvana in USB Film Card Readers and OS/2.
When I saw a post by Peter Brown on Usenet about how he was running the win32
version of StarOffice under Odin, I asked him if he tried the StarOffice 5.2 under
Odin. That sparked the following article. Star Office -
but which one? - and which version?
Recently the OS/2 world was dealt another blow, when about.com pulled the plug
on os2.about.com. We all worried what would become of all the great articles from
the site. Also would we continue to see more writing from Walter Metcalf. Well I
am pleased as punch to say that Walter will contiinue writing about OS/2 right here
in the VOICE Newsletter. His first article appears this month on Creating
a Maintenance Partition. Besides writing every other month for the VOICE
Newsletter, Walter will be writing articles for POSSI's
Extended Attributes magazine. Walter plans to maintain an archive of his articles
(from os2.about.com, VOICE and EA) on his own site as well as contributing these
articles to the Warp Doctor site.
Finally we have the VOICE Newsletter OS/2 Tips page
and the Letters, Addenda, Errata page. If you have
any OS/2 or eCS tips you've uncovered, please send them to email@example.com.
If you have any comments or suggestions about the newsletter or articles in it,
please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
That's it for this month. So far, for June, we have a review of FileStar/2 by
Bob Stan and a review of Limewire, (a Java Gnutella client) by Frank Berke. Also
Chris Ayers writes about his latest project upgrading a 486 computer and , and Walter
Metcalf returns with an article on the upcoming Warpstock
2001 event in Toronto Canada. Warpstock 2001 will be October 6-8th. 3 days of
Peace, Love and OS/2. :-) .
We are always interested in your thoughts and views on subjects related to OS/2,
and would like to see opinion/editorial pieces as well as hardware/software reviews.
If you can help by writing an article please contact me at email@example.com.
Guidelines for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter
Mark Dodel and Christian Hennecke
Editors, VOICE Newsletter