Virtual OS/2 International Consumer Education

June 1997

The News Page

June 25,1997 - Judy McDermott, announced at our general meeting that several members of VOICE are playing key roles in helping WarpStock become a reality. Judy is the Volunteer Coordinator for WarpStock. She is responsible for soliciting, scheduling and assigning volunteers to carry out the various jobs necessary to make WarpStock '97 a successful event that the OS/2 community will remember. So watch out when Judy is around or you will find yourself with more chores then you started out with :-)

David Both, VOICE Vice-President, has volunteered as Exhibit Chairman of the event and will also be giving several presentations. His duties will include figuring out everything the exhibitors could possibly want or need and make it available to them. Like tables and other furniture, floor space, power, phone lines, registration procedures, etc. ad infinitum et nauseum. So if you attend WarpStock be sure to keep an eye out for David flying and zooming around the the place trying to make everyone happy. :)

Seth McFarland, the VOICE webmaster has graciously contributed his multiple html coding/graphic art rendering talents to the warpstock event. Catch his work at and

Finally Tom Nadeau, VOICE Marketing Director, is scheduled to give a talk on "selling OS/2 to Home and SOHO markets" and will be helping David Both do the booth arrangements for the Warpstock.

For those unfamiliar with WarpStock - this is planned to be "a community event for the OS/2 users, developers and other support folks out there." It's an opportunity to get together with other folks who use and enjoy OS/2 and learn more about how OS/2 works and what applications are available now and in the future. The dates are October 25-26, 1997 and the place AQMD Headquarters, 21865 E. Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. For more information on WarpStock surf over to

June 21, 1997 - Welcome back to the TeamOS/2 web site. After having been out of commission for several months, is back online under new management. VOICE looks forward to working alongside TeamOS/2 in our common efforts to support and promote our favorite computer operating system - OS/2 Warp.

June 18, 1997 - VOICE held another Speak Up session this month, with a special guest appearance by Brad Wardell. Brad was very candid about Stardocks current offerings and open to suggestions from the crowd. He also let slip that Stardock will be announcing a new PlusPak game for OS/2 in the next week or so. No details were given though :-(. Stardock's latest offering, Links/2 was the most widely discussed product at the meeting and a copy of Links for OS/2 was won by Jon Czerwinski ( jonzc ). Brad also stated that a fixkit (#3) will very shortly be released for Object Desktop and a updated version of PMINews (version 1.01) should be released by tomorrow. For a detailed log of the entire session, please point your web browser to

June 16, 1997 - Well summer is here in North America. People are spending more time outside and less time online. To accomodate that trend the VOICE board has decided to forego the 2nd Saturday monthly meeting and the 4th Wednesday of the month meeting as well. Starting in July VOICE will only hold meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. These will be at the usual times (8PM EDT - 00:00GMT). Feel free to drop in and join our meetings. For more information on VOICE, WEBBnet and IRC checkout

June 4, 1997 - VOICE welcomed William Young of Panacea Software <> to our first Speak Up session for this month. Bill is the Project lead for HTML Studio and PRONews/2. Several questions were asked about HTML Studio's capabilities, but Panacea's newest product PRONews/2 generated the most interest. There were questions about the newsreaders functionality as well as screen shots of the current closed beta version. This should be in open beta within the next two weeks. There were three winners of the meeting trivia contest, each won a copy of HTML Studio. The winners were Marian Aldrich - MHA1, Thomas Gottgens - caveman99, and Dan Casey - Abraxas. Thanks Bill for being so generous. A detailed transcipt of the whole discussion (minus the actual trivia contest, since the log went dead then) see the meeting transcripts on VOICE's home page

May 28, 1997 - At the normal VOICE meeting on WEBBnet a copy of Innoval System's Solutions 'Post Road Mailer was given away in our trivia contest. The winner is Don Eitner (UncleGrim). We'd like to thank Innoval for contributing PRM to VOICE. Now if only we can get Dan Porter as a guest at one of our Speak Up sessions.

May 23, 1997 - Judy McDermott, VOICE Liaison Officer, was invited to the WarpStock team meeting last night and asked to *volunteer* (Esther Schindler's favorite word) as their Volunteer Management person. Judy will work closely with the team in determining the jobs, required number of people to get the jobs done and then round up (with extreme prejudice) volunteers needed to make WarpStock a success. The event is scheduled for the weekend of October. 24, 1997 in southern California. All OS/2 users are invited to celebrate and learn about our favorite computer operating system. For more information on WarpStock check out

May 23, 1997 - VOICE is pleased to announce that Brad Wardell from Stardock Systems will be a guest speaker at our June 18, 1997 meeting. Per Judy McDermott, VOICE Liaison, "We'll schedule his session from 8-9pm EDT and he will contribute a registered copy of the new OS/2 golf games Links/2 as a door prize. I believe he is going to come up with a trivia question to determine who wins." So join us on WEBBnet and maybe you'll be the lucky soul who wins a copy of what looks like the next great game for OS/2. As always, for more information on VOICE and our IRC group meetings, please check out our home page

May 22, 1997 - Here is a summary of the VOICE Speak Up Meeting from May 21, 1997 as reported by Pankaj Sarin:
At VOICE's May 21 meeting, Robert Mauro, President of Cybercom, talked about AccuCount/2, a new business management and accounting software suite for OS/2. Cybercom has been writing custom apps for various PC platforms for about 8 years now, particularly business apps. Particularly, they have written accounting related software for Marine Midland Bank, Barnes & Noble, and clients in the printing industry. Therefore, they thought that an accounting application, which is sorely needed in the OS/2 market, should be their first application. Cybercom is aiming AccuCount/2 at small as well as large businesses. AccuCount/2 will come with the following modules: G/L, Inventory, Sales, Contact Manager, Banking, Reports, and Utilities and there will be a payroll upgrade and multiuser version. The program also takes advantage of OS/2's multithreading and multiprocessing support for background functions, screen updating and printing and Cybercom is actively working with the developers of FaxWorks, PMMail, and MR/2 in order to integrate AccuCount/2 with these programs.

AccuCount/2 will be released for beta testing 3 weeks after the demo; by this time, a demo should be available at Pricing for AccuCount/2 is as follows: suggested retail pricing is $125, with street prices expected to be around $99-119. Currently, during the pre-beta period, special pricing is in effect (visit the Cybercom homepage for details).

Some important questions that were asked:

*What about Year2000 issues, and also import data from legacy apps?
All dates are stored in 4 digit year format and will accept dates for any year OS/2 can handle - we have tried 2300+ with no problems.

*Is it a product specific for USA? What does this have more than other packages?
No - except for the language. We have various companies planning on helping us with translations to other languages. Most of the features just require customization for other countries (taxes, etc).

What AC/2 has that others dont...Compared to the Win market... faster database handling (instantaneous transactions with databases over 100MB), multithreading, email, fax and image support.

*Do you or will you have credit card authorization built-in and, if so, will it be able to accept data from other sources?
As of right now, no (built in). External apps... yes, we will support them.

*[I] use Simply Accounting now, and [have] Canadian taxes... will AccuCount/2 fill the gap?
Yes... both GST and PST taxes can easily be handled. We are even considering making Canadian region and postal info standard as the US info is.

*How hard will it be to get my stuff from Simply into AccuCount/2?
We had an old version of Simply, and it used standard dbf files... if that is the case still, you should have no problem. The import filters handle any dbf (or txt) files. Currently, we support txt and dbf formats and are working on finishing QuickBooks and PeachTree imports as well. Exports are to dbf and txt. MYOB users can do txt delimited exports that AC/2 can read quite easily.

May 21, 1997 - The voice home page is now active. Our web master Blane Boynton and our Web committee now undertake the task of updating the pages and making a world class source of OS/2 information, tips, and support for our favorite computer operating system.

May 20, 1997 - VOICE & WarpStock, as reported by Gerry Ellington.
Allies joined in a mutual cause... VOICE the premier internet organization for OS/2 users and the WarpStock committee are teaming together to bring the WarpStock event to fruition. WarpStock is progressing rapidly towards the inaugural event in LA later this fall. This collaboration was brought about when Michael Perry contacted VOICE board members about the prospects of assistance from VOICE.

VOICE along with representatives from various user groups are currently researching and organizing the video and audio broadcasting of this event through the internet. Many methods of achieving optimal results are currently being researched. At this point no possibility has been discarded. Possible methods include Video capture and broadcast, Quickcam captures posted to a website, Quickcam's used in conjunction with Intercomm, as well as other VTC equipment.

May 18,1997 - We will be interviewing one of the VOICE board members in each issue of the VOICE newsletter. This months interview is with VOICE Liaison officer Judy McDermott:

VOICE> How long have you used OS/2?
Judy> I've been running OS/2 Warp for about 3 years. I started out with Warp for windows, on floppy no less. Then went to Warp Fullpack. Experience is the best teacher, so I made sure I got it on CD. Then had Warp 4.0 preordered and installed it on September 25, 1996, and I've never looked back. As a matter of fact..looking forward to the next release of Warp.

VOICE> How do you currently use OS/2?
Judy> Computing is my hobby. I run a http ftp and irc server on my system. I spend quite a bit of free time maintaining my homepage, browsing the net and responding to email. When I'm not in VOICE meetings <G> I plan on setting up a LAN in the near future. Now that will be a challenge!

VOICE> What is your background in computers?
Judy> I have no background in computers. I got my first computer about 6 years ago and didn't even know how to access the A: drive. How fast we learn. I've since built my own system from the motherboard up, and also built another box from spare hardware. I must be doing something right, hubby even trusts me to install hardware on his machine now.

VOICE> How long have you been running your Judy's Warped World ( site and how did that get started?
Judy> I found that browsing for OS/2 information had added so many bookmarks that they were getting way out of hand. There were so many useful sites for OS/2 information that I decided that I would dedicate a homepage to OS/2 Warp that would assist OS/2 users in finding what they needed on one site instead of having to search for needed information so I created Judy's Warped World about 2 years ago.

VOICE> How did you get involved with VOICE?
Judy> David Both originally came up with the idea of forming an organization to promote OS/2. A lot of ideas and goals were tossed around in the Promote OS/2 forum, now known as the VOICE forum, at I suggested that we have a weekly IRC session so that details could be discussed in *real time* and that has resulted in our weekly VOICE meetings. Being a home user of OS/2, I was indeed aware of the major focus being placed on the corporate market and the individual, SOHO users being left by the wayside. I wanted to be a part of an organized campaign to promote OS/2.

VOICE> What does a 'Liaison Officer' do?
Judy> I'm responsible for carrying out official correspondence and maintaining a database of contacts such as user groups, ISV's and IBM contacts. I work closely with all of the board members to assure that all significant information is communicated to the appropriate source. and grant interviews with the VOICE Newsletter reporter <G>

May 13, 1997 - Judy McDermott, VOICE Liaison Officer announces that InnoVal Software Solutions has graciously contributed a license for their Post Road Mailer which will be given away as a door prize at the May 28th meeting of VOICE on the WEBBnet IRC network. The meeting will start at 8PM EDT, (00:00 GMT). For more information on IRC and WEBBnet please checkout Judy's page

May 12, 1997 - Judy McDermott, VOICE Liaison Officer announces that on May 21, 1997 at 8PM EDT, (00:00 GMT), Robert Mauro, President of Cybercom, Inc. will be our special guest speaker in #voice on WEBBnet in our regular VOICE virtual group meeting on IRC. Mr. Mauro is one of the key developers of the forth coming AccuCount/2, an accounting package for OS/2. For more information on IRC and WEBBnet please checkout Judy's page

May 7, 1997 - The VOICE Web Site contest has come to a close. The winning entry was submitted by Blane Boynton. His prize was a copy of Gamma Tech Utilities, provided by SofTouch Systems, Inc. and a 1 year membership to VOICE. In addition Blane will take on the responsibility of VOICE Webmaster. Mark Rudy and Dan Lonergan will also receive 1 year paid memberships for VOICE for their web site entries. We at VOICE would like to take this opportunity to thank all who submitted entries. Look for our new Web Site to be operational within the next few weeks. The URL is

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