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June 2000

Breaking News: Changes at the VOICE Newsletter

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

The regularly scheduled editorial titled "Help, Help, My Kingdom for some Help" has been rescheduled for July to allow for this important announcement. This will be the last issue of the VOICE Newsletter... to be available on the 15th of the month. Starting in July, assuming all goes well with the change over, the VOICE Newsletter will become publicly available on the 1st of the month. So you only have to wait 2 weeks for the next issue. :-)

There are two main reasons for this change. First, OS/2 eZine is now publishing regularly again...Hooray. It's great to have such a great asset to the OS/2 Community back again on a regular schedule. Their general release date is the 16th of the month. It's just plain silly to have both resources go public within a day of one-another. Chris Wright, editor of OS/2 eZine, offered to move his publication date, and I offered to move ours. I think we can do it with less impact then having Chris make the change.

So after over two years of continuous monthly issues (We skipped one issue back in November 1997 when we moved to the 15th of the month scheduling), I was left with a choice. Skip a month or try to produce a new issue in less then half the time I normally have. To top it off I will be away on vacation for the next week, so I have even less time to do this. Can I pull it off? I certainly hope so.

The second reason for the change-over is that it will finally allow me to view the Newsletter statistics for a whole month rather then the current stats which always cross from one month to the next. Believe it or not, people actually read this newsletter. I guess you knew that since you are reading it now. But I have often wondered about it, as I keep hearing that people are abandoning OS/2, and though VOICE continues to grow, it is still in the hundreds and not thousands of members. The VOICE Newsletter is an instrument of the VOICE user group, which is freely available to the entire OS/2 Community. I do slip in the occasional reminder that people should join VOICE, but we have always tried to be somewhat low-keyed in that regard.

Fact is if just half the people who read the newsletter every month and who aren't already members, would join VOICE we'd have the largest OS/2 User Group that I know of. Why is that? I realize that $25 is not easy to come by for everybody, but it represents a commitment. That is why the folks that organized VOICE chose to require a membership fee, as opposed to the free-to-all TeamOS/2. And seriously, when have you seen any activity at the TeamOS/2 site. VOICE is not going away, so if you were afraid of wasting money on something that was about to fold, it hasn't happened in the past three years, and I don't see it happening in the next. Will OS/2 still be around in three years? Of course it will. Far too many mission critical applications for big customers require the power and stability that OS/2 affords. So try Linux or windoze2000 if you must, but don't throw-out those OS/2 CD's.

So to you who haven't joined, please tell me why. Maybe we can do something to change your mind. Because it is only with numbers that we can have an impact on IBM's plans. and though the Death of OS/2 has been mis-reported many times, IBM is not doing anything at the moment to promote it's use. Email me at editor@os2voice.org. We need to know how we can serve you, the OS/2 user, better.

VOICE can use your support. If you haven't done so yet, but are ready to do so now, joining VOICE is certainly easier then trying to subscribe to IBM's DevCon. (Doesn't it strike you as odd that the only way you can subscribe to the "tools for ebusiness" developers site is by telephone?) You can join VOICE online via our BMT Secure order form at https://secure.falcon-net.net/BMT/order0308.html. If you are outside the US. Mensys has added the VOICE memberships to their online store - http://shop.mensys.nl/cgi-bin/db2www/mns_art2.d2w/report?artname=VOICESUB. Please consider joining VOICE now. Every membership helps make us stronger in our support of the OS/2 community.

On Monday June 5th, we had a Speakup with Sundial Systems. the Sundial topic was a wrapup of WarpTech2000. If like me, you couldn't be there, and you missed this speakup, Richard R. Klemmer has a brief Report from WarpTech 2000. Richard plans a more detailed report on WarpTech 2000 in the next issue of OS/2 eZine. And Wayne Swanson, Vice-president of VOICE and all-around bon vivant will have an article on WarpTech 2000 in the July issue of the VOICE Newsletter. In addition there is a transcript of the Sundial Speak on WarpTech at http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V060600.LOG.html. Also at the Sundial Speakup Sundial announced the release of Mesa 2 2.3 update. All those attending had the opportunity to upgrade to 2.3 and purchase Bill Schindler's new book Down To Earth REXX.for only $30. That was $10 off the current price on the combined Mesa 2 update/book special.

In June there is a General Meeting scheduled for the 19th at 8PM EDT(00:00GMT). In July there is a General Meeting scheduled on July 3rd and July 17th, as usual at 8PM EDT. If you would like to hear from someone in particular or have an idea for a Speakup event, please submit it to liaison@os2voice.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). 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.

For the June issue of the Newsletter, Stefan Schwarzer returns with more on using TeXnical stuff for OS/2 - Creating PostScript and PDF documents with VTeX/2?. Then we have How to Supercharge OS/2 Warp by Christian Hennecke. Christian begins a series of articles on tuning OS/2. He starts the series with tips on getting the most out of your drives, both fixed drives and CDROM.

Tom Nadeau is on his editorial pulpit yet again. This month it's all about Better Hardware Means.... Worse Software?. Next up I have an article on installing and using the IBM Wireless LAN Kit. This project grew out of my interest in surfing the web while sitting on my patio outside in the sun. Interest turned into a bona fide success, though with a lot of perseverance.

Finally this month Don Eitner has an article on CD Grabbing For The Masses.

Next month (remember we are switching to a July 1st date :-), we will have an excellent article by Alfredo Fernández Díaz on How to create a [complete] OS/2 system bootable off a CD-ROM, a review of the HauppaugeWinTV GO card by Bill Esposito, Chris McGill's My Experience with SBLive Beta Drivers and also Wayne Swanson's article on WarpTech 2000. Don Eitner also plans to have a review of XWorkPlace 0.9.3 for his End(User) article.

Just a reminder that we now have a full Newsletter Master Index page. All the feature sections of the current and previous issues can now be found on this one page. Additionally, we have added a Java based search function to this master index page. It will allow you to search all past issues for a specific word or phrase. So try it out and let us know what you think. If you have any ideas for improvements let me know at editor@os2voice.org.

That's it for this month. 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. To that end, and because of several recent requests, we have added a Guidelines for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter.

Mark Dodel
Editor, VOICE Newsletter

So who says OS/2 is dead now? We have better display driver support then ever, WinDriver to help with new device drivers, and now a new version of OS/2. Too bad IBM isn't announcing this as such. Could they still be afraid of the monopolist in Redmond?

If you want to express your feelings on the way IBM has abandoned OS/2 users in it's quest to appease bill gates, please write a letter to the US DOJ and tell them how you feel.

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.

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