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March 27, 2002 - John R. Morris wrote the following in regard to Peter Moylan's article "Understanding TCP/IP port numbers " in the March issue of the newsletter:
Dear Editor,

I was reading your March 2002 edition of The Voice Newsletter (as I do every month), and i noticed a typing/gramatical error. Normally, I wouldn't even waste yours or my time reporting such problem, because the I believe the reader get the idea or the basic idea; However, In this case Peter is being very specific and I believe (yes, little me) that a change should be made. I really enjoy reading your newsletter every month, It always teaches me something new even though I have been using OS/2 since The first beta of Warp 3(Which was going to be orginally called "Personal OS/2"). I have relied on your newsletter for really good, solid stories and term listed below is giving the wrong technical term.

I think around the 3 or 4th paragraph down, it reads "Terminal Control Protocol (TCP) is a layer that sits on top of the IP layer" . . .

TCP/IP doesn't stand for "Terminal Control Protocol", TCP stands for "Transmission Control Protocol".

I am sure it was just a mistake, but there can be a vast difference in terminology(spelling?). I probably wouldn't have noticed if I wasn't studying to for a Windoze certification (yes, I know m$ windoze, I don't like it either, who does?). Thank you for you information over the years, as it has taught be so very much. I almost was ready to join voice, at least until I became unemployed. I will consider it again once I find employment.

Thanks again,
JR Morris
DoveOS2 Ministries

Peter's response:
Sorry, everyone. He is absolutely right. It was a lapse of attention on my part


April 3, 2002 - Here is some information on how to Copy/Paste in HobLink from Thomas Galley, in reference to Jeremy Workman's article "HOBLink X11 on the local network" in the April issue of the newsletter:
Hey there!

First of all, let me express my appreciation for all the effort provided in bringing us this fantastic newsletter!

Now to the point. In the above mentioned article, the author states that: "Copy ~Paste doesn't seem to work between X programs and your native OS/2 programs."

I am using HOBLink here at work to display X-programs running on Linux or Solaris on my local OS/2-Desktop. Very often it is a simple xterm I am running. To copy&paste data between any OS/2-App and any X-program, you need to alter the settings of the X-Server. Here is the procedure to make it work.

  1. Start your X-Server
  2. Set the display accordingly on your *nix machine
  3. Start any X-program
  4. Open the system-menu by clicking on the system-menu (a small HOBLink icon)
  5. Choose Options
  6. Choose X Selection
  7. Change the selection from CLIPBOARD to PRIMARY
  8. Press OK
Now you are able to transfer data via the clipboard:

  1. Copy text from an OS/2-application to the clipboard
  2. Select the system menu of the X window
  3. Select Edit
  4. Select Paste to X Selection
Now you can copy the text to your X application via the emulated Middle-Button (i.e. both mouse buttons simultaneously).

The other way works just the same, of course you would choose Copy X Selection rather.

I just did not get this to work when running the Xserver in Full Screen Mode (Xsettings -> Window), as the system menu is not available in this mode.

The only drawback in this is that I did not find a way to make these settings permanent, so any time you restart your XServer, you will have to go through these steps again.

I hope this will help some of your readers!

Greetings from Germany!

T. Galley

April 5, 2002 - Barry Landy wrote the following about installing IBM Works on a post Warp4 system (MCP/eCS):
This is an addendum to the tip that appeared in December 2000 (from comp.os.os2.misc).

That article recommends recovering the use of IBMWorks by installing from Hobbes. I discovered that this csd is actually a release for Warp 3 and is backlevel compared to the Bonuspak offering in Warp 4. I assume there are missing bug fixes, but for me the big loss was the ability to import and export the appointments database which is a feature of the Bonuspak but not in the V3 CSD.

To get the Warp 4 version installed under MCP I did the following:

a) Save from Warp 4
1) The IBMworks directory
2) the following 5 files from OS2\DLL
b) Install to get the ini files correct
c) replace the entire IBMWORKS directory by the directory copied from Warp 4
d) put the 5 DLL files into OS2\DLL
and the Warp 4 version is now up and running.

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