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August 2000

July 01

Ghostscript 6.01 and GSView 3.3 patches for enabling Ghostscript to display in XFree86/OS2 (with anti-aliasing) are available on Hobbes now. The packages are at:



and later will be moved to



WARNING: The normal version of GSView will CRASH if used with a modified Ghostscript!

July 01
Warpstock, Inc. (Internet) Contact: David Ameiss, Secretary david@ameissnet.com

What may turn out to be one of the most exciting Warpstock events ever is happening this September 9th and 10th. This year, Warpstock has a stellar lineup of speakers, with more being added each day. And don't think that WS2K will be duplicating WarpTech - far from it.

- Mike Kaply and Jeff Kobal from IBM will talk about their work with Mozilla, the open-source replacement for Netscape Communicator.

- OS/2 Netlabs will demonstrating all their great stuff out in the Exhibitors Hall on a continuing basis. You'll be amazed at all the amazing OS/2 software that Netlabs has produced, and all of it is free!

- Timur Tabi will be continuing for the fourth year his programming lectures.

- Walter Metcalf, a new speaker to Warpstock, is the About.com OS/2 guide and will be giving this year's home/SOHO networking solution lecture. He is following in the footsteps of Warpstock President Paul Hethmon and Warpstock Board Member David Ameiss, both of whom gave similar presentations at previous Warpstock conferences.

- Stephen King from IBM will be there to explain how OS/2 will be supported in the future.

- Oliver Mark from IBM Germany will show us WorkSpace On Demand, version 3.

- Tim Sipples will show us how to take OS/2 on the road.

- David Moskowitz will be giving us some new insights in his presentation.

Warpstock has never had such a high quality lineup for our attendees. Check out http://www.warpstock.org for continuously updated information.

Don't forget the special $129.00 pricing for The Holiday Inn -- Independence Mall (1-800-The-Bell) will be ending August 8th. The normal rate for this hotel is $149.00 - $169.00. Warpstock will be a great event to bring your family to since the Hotel is walking distance to the majority of Philadelphia's great historic sites, such as Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross' House, and many of Philadelphia's museums. It is also a mere 70 minutes via the high speed Metroliner from New York City and walking distance from the Reading Terminal (train station). As usual Warpstock encourages you to stay at the Holiday Inn so that you can be right there when we start our sessions each day until the bitter end. There are a number of eateries near to the hotel so you are not going to be tied to dining at the Holiday Inn. Warpstock wishes to remind everyone that Warpstock's pricing and facilities expenses are tied directly to the number of rooms booked at the hotel, just as in years past.

Warpstock also has GOLF SHIRTS for sale. We have understood the demand for Warpstock shirts, and for the first time you can PRE-ORDER these shirts for pickup at Warpstock. We are offering two colors, a limited edition Royal Blue (these can be shipped via mail for $5 extra) which is already sold out in sizes SMALL and 3X & up and a very kewl Black (any size) which can only be picked up at Warpstock. Go to http://www.warpstock.org/shirts.html for more information and to place your order.

The 4th annual Warpstock conference will be held September 9-10, 2000, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is produced by Warpstock, Inc., a North Carolina non-profit corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock 2000 web site:


July 01

Abbotsbury Software in conjunction with Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc has released version 1.42B of the WinCast TV driver set. The package is available from:


Download "wcast.zip". Use minstall to do a full install. If you are at driver level 1.142A you may want to download the wcast.sys file only. However I did make a small change in the DiveTV application for those of you who are using the "CD pass thru" feature of the board. If you are using DiveTV and the CD pass thru you may want to grab the full package.

This release fixes:
- a "no sound" problem on 56XXX stereo boards.
- CD pass thru disabled on system reboot.
- Correctly routes the back panel video input (Composite) to OS/2's Ext-1 input.

This release of the driver should enable all of the basic features of the Hauppauge PCI TV cards (848 / 878 based, not DTV). We will now turn our attention to improving video quality.

For those of you who have not yet installed a TV card in your OS/2 system I would like to point out that the Hauppauge "WinTV Go" is selling for about US $49! Not bad when you consider the fact that IBM developed a TV application back in the early 90's even though the cards sold for almost $400.

For more information, see the July issue of the VOICE Newsletter. I'm told that it will contain a review of the WinCast driver and WinTV Go.

John Rodriguez
Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc.

July 01

Links 0.92 is released.

Links is a text mode web browser.


July 01

Symantec has released new Virus Signatures for IBM AV (AV30FW.ZIP).


July 01

It seems that Ghostgum is now releasing daily builds ;-) The PM-Frontend for Ghostscript has been updated twice in the last few days. Newest is Ghostview 3.3 (works much faster now) and EPStool 1.4.


July 01

ConfigTool is CONFIG.SYS editor with searchable database which explains the entries, sort and checking routines, boot/recovery options and suggestions for optimization.

CFGTOOL.DAT database is based on OS2CFG11.DAT for ConfigInfo 4.0 by Rick Meigs. All entries from the CM2CFG.DAT for ConfigMaint/2 are also included, as some of the howto.dat.

New in version 0.93:

- Enhanced Suggestions for optimization.
- Expanded Cfgool.dat (785 entries).
- Some cosmetic resfreshments and fixes.
- Optional Section labels in sorting.

To download ConfigTool 0.93, visit:


Authors: Goran Ivankovic and Klaus Staedtler.

July 01

The July issue of the VOICE Newsletter is now online at http://www.os2voice.org/ The Newsletter is available as online HTML, downloadable HTML http://www.os2voice.org/files/vnl0700h.zip and downloadable OS/2 INF format http://www.os2voice.org/files/vnl0700i.zip

In this month's issue you will find:

The Editor of VOICE speaks out: "Help, Help, My Kingdom for some Help!"
How to create a [complete] OS/2 system bootable off a CD-ROM, By: Alfredo Fern ndez DĦaz
How to Supercharge OS/2 Warp, Part 2, By: Christian Hennecke
HauppaugeWinTV GO card, By: Bill Esposito
My Experience with SBLive Beta Drivers, By: Chris McGill
Ramblings on WarpTech, By: Wayne Swanson
View from the End (User): The Best OS/2 Software Money Can't Buy: XWorkplace V 0.9.3, By: Don K. Eitner
And of course letters, addendums, Tips and the compiled monthly OS/2 news!

The VOICE Editors would like to thank everyone who made the July VOICE Newsletter possible. From now on we will be publishing on the first of the month.

Please consider writing an article for the Newsletter. Without your help there would not be a newsletter. We have added a page with Guidelines for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0700H/vnewsfs.htm

If you need to find something in a back issue of the VOICE Newsletter, the Newsletter Master Index and Search Function is now online. You can directly access this at http://www.os2voice.org/newsletters.html

June 30

I have written a small Rexx script which can help those of you with a little homepage to update your pages. It logs in (via FTP) to your ISP server, checks which files have been modified and uploads them. If also cleans up the FTP/homepage from unused files.

You'll find the script from here:


Warning: The script is nothing for those of you running major (as in large) sites.

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