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June 2000

June 10

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.


June 10

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, go to:


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 Campus):

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 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:


there is a map to the school, plus a more detailed map ~driving directions from Yahoo! Come and join us!

May 20


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


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 for comments/suggestions.

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, 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: llavins@worldnet.att.net, or phone (215) 878-9609.

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