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I've arranged for a really great OS/2 meeting in San Jose, California. We will
cover OS/2 and e-business.
The speaker is Julien Pierre of Theta Band Software.
If you want to meet OS/2 users in Silicon Valley, don't miss this meeting!
Tuesday, June 13th 1:00 - 3:00 PM San Carlos Room (Seats 75) San Jose Hilton and Towers 700 Almaden Blvd. San Jose, California (408) 947-4450
A web page descibing the meeting is posted:
Please consider attending this meeting because
1. OS/2 user group meetings are scarce and getting scarcer.
2. I've ordered a lot of cookies and soda.
On Monday, June 5th at 8:00PM EDT (0:00 GMT), VOICE will host a Live Internet
Relay Chat (IRC) Chat Session (Speakup) with Sundial Systems. Topic for this Speakup
will be "Warptech 2000 Wrapup".
Sundial Systems exhibited and presented at the Warptech 2000 OS/2 Conference
in Phoenix, AZ last weekend.
Randell Flint, gave us these hints as to some of the topics of discussion:
Certainly one highlight was Steven King's overview of the future of OS/2... which
had lots of positive points but which, interestingly, people seemed to view as "negative",
"neutral", or "positive" depending on what you wanted to hear.
The biggest "news" what Serenity's talk about eComStation... but they
asked everyone not to talk about it publically since their deal with IBM hasn't
been signed yet.
I didn't get a chance to see it but, apparently the Odin demo was *very* impressive
and they have come a long way... my understanding was that they actually showed
MS Word running...
Bill Schindler's new REXX book -- Down To Earth REXX -- was also newly available
at the show. It's being published by Perfect Niche software.
On the Sundial front, the major news was that we shipped Mesa 2 Version 2.3.
People at the show could buy it or get their free upgrade -- it will be available
on our website later this week.
But the *best* news is that Wayne Swanson (representing VOICE) pulled off a stunning
victory in the Final round of Warped Jeopardy -- beating out Steve Schiffman (representing
SCOUG) and Bill Schindler (representing POSSI) -- to claim bragging rights for VOICE
in our Year 2000 User Group edition.
The next meeting of the Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG) will be next
Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 9:00 AM PDT, at Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage
Campus) in Anaheim at 2528 W. La Palma Ave.
Sundial Banishes June Gloom...See What's New
The big news at Sundial Systems is the just-released new version of their premier
spreadsheet application, Mesa 2. Come and see the highlights, especially the major
enhancements to Mesa's real-time data feed capabilities. Mesa is unique in that
it allows external programs to "feed" data into spreadsheets, with the
changes updated immediately. (One instance of this capability was when Program Chairman
Mark Abramowitz showed us how he used Mesa's real-time feed to monitor the election
returns when he ran for his position on the Yorba Linda Water Board). The expanded
feed capabilities got a lot of attention when they debuted at WarpTech a couple
of weeks ago.
Lest Mesa might not be enough, Sundial will also show us Junk Spy. It's their
anti-spam program that was released earlier this year, and owes a lot of its' design
to feedback from SCOUG members. And, there may be more... Randell Flint and Rollin
White always put on a good show, so you won't want to miss this presentation. If
you can't wait, visit Sundial on the web at:
After that, we'll have Q&A, a raffle, and two of our SIGs will meet after
a short break:
Programming SIG: Project Odin http://www.netlabs.org/odin/
was the big buzz at last month's WarpTech. The SIG will take a technical look at
Odin, how to install it, how to use it, and what limitations must be planned for.
Is Odin ready for prime time? Come and find out for yourself.
General Interest Group: We've got several things planned: a) Demo using a DOS emergency disk for those "ugly" times b) Actually do an installation/demo of Ghostscript and the EMX runtime c) Decide on the next few months of SIG topics d) Time permitting, hook up Tony Butka's test machine to the Heritage DSL connection and see if we can get it to run.
Help Desk chats now happen on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM PDT. If you've got a
problem with hardware or software, join the chat and ask for help. For further info,
Monday, June 19, 7 PM PDT meetings at Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage Campus):
The OS/2 Help Desk will have volunteers giving you hands-on assistance solving
your hardware and software problems. Bring your system and all related hardware
and software, along with a detailed description of your problem.
The Networking SIG will meet at the same time and place as the OS/2 Help Desk.
They'll be providing help to members setting up a peer network and connecting their
local LAN to the Internet via a cable modem connection, DSL connection, or a dial-up
connection via an ISP.
Thursday, June 22, 7 PM PDT meetings at Eastside Christian Schools (Heritage
The Sundial SIG will learn more about Mesa 2 macros and real-time data feeds.
There's no homework this month, so there's nothing to fear.
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
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:
there is a map to the school, plus a more detailed map ~driving directions from
Yahoo! Come and join us!
The OS/2 SIG of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society invites all interested
computer users to attend the May meeting:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2000 7:00 - 10:00 PM
The Episcopal Academy, 376 N. Latches Lane, Merion, PA
*** MAY FEATURE PRESENTATIONS ***
-- MEMBERS USEFUL APPLICATIONS ~NEW STUFF --
The May meeting of the Philadelphia OS/2 SIG will be devoted to presentations
by several members of useful OS/2 applications and hints, plus discussion of topics
of current interest.
Ben Bowers will present an introduction and overview of BeOS, a recent operating
system arrival which has aroused high interest around the world. It is now widely
(and freely) available for evaluation in the form of BeOS Personal Edition. 5 million
copies are being distributed with magazines this year all across Europe.
Barry Mann will discuss File Format Conversion Tips, with emphasis on the use
of the OS/2 EPM text processor. He will also touch on the use of AWK and REXX for
text processing purposes.
Larry Lavins will report on the current status of FixPak-13 and the problems
encountered by many OS/2 users.
Larry will also review the progress to date of his new computer build, what remains
to be done and costs. Several options haven't yet been chosen. Members will be asked
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
Mark the date and time: Wednesday, May 24th, 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 http://www.phillyos2.org,
or contact SIG Leader Larry Lavins: Lavins:
email@example.com, or phone (215) 878-9609.