This month VOICE interviews a couple of OS/2 users One a SOHO business user and
the other an educator/consultant. First up to the plate is Robt. Miller, humble
computer technician and business owner.
Robt. Miller> Consulting - Novell networks and any clients.
VOICE> Can you please describe your current use of OS/2 in your workplace?
What kind of hardware and software are you using for OS/2?
Robt. Miller> OS/2 is on my main computer: two nics, one to the cablemodem,
the other for my LAN. The OS/2 machine provides proxy web access, an FTP daemon,
two talk daemons, a telnet daemon, time updates every 2 hours, hosts 4 web pages,
real-time weather charts and forecasts, and generally about 20 other smaller utilities.
Currently using a 120mhz clone with 64mb ram and 4gb drive space.
VOICE> How did you decide to use OS/2? What features were considered important
for this project(s)? What previous experience was there with OS/2 and other operating
Robt. Miller> I had been looking for a program that could multitask and somebody
suggested OS/2 2.0 while it was in beta. I had been using Software Carousel until
then but had tried VM/386, Unix, Windows, PcMos but none of them could do what I
VOICE > What other operating systems if any were under consideration or are
used for your business? If you use OS/2 in conjunction with other OSes in any form
of a network, how well does OS/2 work with these other systems?
Robt. Miller> OS/2 integrates very well with my NetWare 4.1 server and a peer
Windoze notebook. I put Win on the notebook 'cause most of my customers use it,
otherwise I'd still be running OS/2 on it.
VOICE > Do you foresee continued/increasing use of OS/2 in this fashion?
Robt. Miller> Yes. I have NT on a partition and never use it - too slow and
the interface is limiting if not maddening.
VOICE > Are there any changes that you would like to see to OS/2 that would
facilitate your continued use or expanded use of OS/2?
Robt. Miller> I'd like to see IBM become interested in it or sell it. Other
than being held back by IBM it's a nearly perfect product.