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August 2000

July 22

There is a new project called SysTray/2 on the russian site:


SysTray/2 is a tool that behaves like the systray on Windows 9x/NT.

You can read about it in English, and download it, by following the link:

You will also find instructions for installation (better read them, cause you'll only find Russian docs in the ZIP) and other infos.

Remember that you're reading this site's pages through a translation engine, so to download the file you'll need to manually enter the address. Clicking on the link won't work because the engine is trying to translate your ZIP file

July 22

IBM is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the Personal Communications Version 4.3 for OS/2 Warp beta program.

Personal Communications is IBM's family of host access software for PCs. The software, created for specific platforms, provides a rich set of 5250, 3270, and VT terminal emulation functions over a wide variety of network connections.

Version 4.3 for OS/2 Warp includes these important enhancements:

1. Host Access Class Library and Host Access Beans. These standard Java interfaces provide the same programming facilities as IBM's web-based host access software, Host On-Demand, as well as WebSphere Host Publisher. These interfaces can be used even if host connections are not via TCP/IP.

2. SSL Version 3.0 encryption support (including 168-bit encryption). Where permitted, Personal Communications Version 4.3 features enhanced encryption support for secure access to host systems via SSL-capable telnet gateways (such as IBM Communications Server).

3. Euro 2 character support.

Participation in the beta program is limited. To be considered for the beta program, please visit:


- - - - -
Timothy F. Sipples
IBM Business Connect Software (Chicago)
Sent with Lotus Notes for OS/2 Warp
Visit http://www.satdirect.com/aviation for text paging and my PGP key.

July 20

In response to the news from sehh@altered.com, stating that IBM withdraws OS/2 Print Services:

What IBM will withdraw is "Print Services Facility". IBM Print Services Facility for OS/2 (PSF/2) is an application used for managing AFP printing on a LAN.

Of course, Print Services and Printer Drivers are not withdrawn on the OS/2 platform.

July 20

The following messages come from the ibm.software.vacpp.* forums and they mean that IBM doesn't want to dump VAC++ for OS/2 only, but entirely!

==== Original-Posting from Dwayne Moore dwayne@ca.ibm.com ====

Please be reminded that the Program Services end date is January 31st, 2001 for the following compiler products for OS/2 and Windows NT:

IBM VisualAge C++ for OS/2, Version 3.0
IBM VisualAge C++ for Windows, Version 3.5
IBM VisualAge C++ Professional for OS/2 and for Windows NT, Version 4.0

==== Answer from Darren Croft dvcroft@arb.com ====

I spoke with the product manager in June. Don't get any false hopes about a 5.0 for OS/2, NT, or Linux. My understanding is there are currently NO plans for ANY new versions on ANY of those platforms.

Regarding licenses to OCL source. IBM seems agreeable to license the OCL source to companies to do ports to Linux and then distribute the resulting binaries on Linux. I did not sense any hope of them making OCL available under an Open Source license. Perhaps if someone got the license, did the Linux port and then gave the source back to them it would be more probable (although I think still unlikely).

I encourage anyone with an actual business need regarding VAC++ to contact Mr. Harrison.


P.S. For a summary of further details of my conversation with Mr. Harrison, please email me privately.

Darren, I don't see a problem with sharing this information about the availability of source with others. You can give anyone my name as a contact.

Marvin Harrison
______________________________________________________________ Manager, C/C++ Solutions

IBM Software Solutions Toronto Lab, 3P/842

July 20

Magnus Olsson has released Astrolog 0.98:


Astrolog is a classic when it comes to astrology software, not only is it 100% freeware, with the source code available, but it is probably also the most complete and most flexible astrology calculation program ever made!

July 20

Pretty Pop Software released Goose 1.10, today.

Goose is a `Checking Updated Homepage' utility. Goose is `Buy-My-CD-Ware'! If you like our pop music, please order our CD. You can listen to some MP3 versions and order the CD at the MP3.com home page.

MP3.com - Pretty Pop

Updated topics are:

Version 1.10 (20.Jul.2000)
a.Add `Auto Start' Function (when view mode is `ALL').

You can get a copy from:

Pretty Pop Music and Software

July 20

There is a new version of Z available at:


Z is a VIO (command line) MP3 player for OS/2.

July 20

Are you searching for some nice skins for your PM123 player? Try this Skins Collection which contains about 35 nice skins! Skins Collection home page is:


or you can download the file directly at:

http://os2.oadc.cz/skins/install.exe (about 3.5 MB)

July 20

Platon Fomichev has released version 2.3 stable 4 of Squid (cached proxy-server).


July 20

Warpstock, Inc. (Internet)
Contact: Luc Van Bogaert, Presentation Coordinator

OS/2 users expect the most from their favorite operating system, and they get it. This year's Warpstock conference won't disappoint, either. Warpstock 2000 will be the biggest and best OS/2 conference ever.

The Warpstock 2000 Presentation Schedule http://www.warpstock.org/2000/presentations.html already includes a large number of new OS/2 product presentations, with even more to come:

- Oliver Mark from IBM Germany will be discussing the new features of IBM's flagship OS/2-based thin client product, Workspace On-Demand Version 3.

- Ulli Ramps of ROM Logicware will talk about the new OS/2 office suite, Papyrus Office

- John Urbaniak of Aviar will talk about automated maintenance management in his presentation, "Ounce of Prevention System"

- Adrian Gschwend of OS/2 Netlabs will talk about the many Netlabs projects in development, including Odin, Warp-In, and XWorkplace.

and many more...

If you're interested in OS/2, you don't want to miss out on the unique opportunity Warpstock 2000 presents, and meet some of the OS/2 community's most prominent people, attend their presentations, or just smooze with them in the halls.

Take advantage of the early registration discount and register for Warpstock 2000 before July 31st. On-line registration through Mensys' secure ordering system as well as mail-in registration is available at:


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 20

Brian Havard has released Alpha 6 of the new version 2.20 for the well known File Commander/2.


File Commander/2 is an OS/2 file management program with too many features to list here.

July 19

I've uploaded V1.12.19 of my replacement for View, to Hobbes.

Currently :




This fixes the worst of the bugs reported so far. Thanks for all the encouragement!

NewView is a rewrite of OS/2's View.exe. It reads INF and HLP files. Improvements include a new UI, remember size/position, select and copy from the window... etc.

July 19

I would just like to clarify my last message regarding IBM phasing out Java support. It seems IBM requires you to register at:


before you can vote on the feature found at:


PS: If you can't see the CONTINUE button on IBM's "Terms and Conditions" page, click on the whitespace between the top image and the 1st line of text. It's somewhere in there. Yet another IBM glitch. :)

Please go vote! We need your support.

July 19

According to a recent announcement, Sun Microsystems will be basing their GPL open-source versions of Star Office suite on the SO version 6.0 codebase. However, Sun has decided not to produce such a codebase for the OS/2 version. I e-mailed Sun and got clarification on this apparent conflict. Sun Micro will apparently REFUSE to open-source the OS/2 source code for Star Office.

Frankly, I find this quite disappointing. When you have the source code for a product, to simply throw it away instead of giving it away, licensing it, selling it, or otherwise gaining something for the code -- well, that's foolishness. Sun is throwing away untold person-years in development, testing, and debugging. But even worse, Sun is making itself into a pariah among the millions of satisfied OS/2 users who would have been potential Sun Micro clients and supporters. There would be absolutely no harm in giving away source code to OS/2 users for something, if Sun plans to give away source code to everyone else. By specifically refusing to cooperate with the OS/2 community, Sun is showing the same kind of hard-headed, short-sighted mentality that it showed with the Java "community license" and other "almost open" license arrangements. This mentality has held back Sun from taking full advantage of the current wave of interest in alternative platforms.

I believe OS/2 users and general, and VOICE members in particular, should petition Sun to either release the OS/2 code publicly, or else sell it to the OS/2 community for our own development purposes. VOICE members should send a discreetly-written, reasonable letter to Sun at the following address, detailing our strong desire to obtain the source code for SO for OS/2:
Sun Microsystems, Inc. Attention: Product Development 901 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA

E-mails should be sent to:


Perhaps it is not too late. Maybe the Sun will wake up after all.

Tom Nadeau

July 18

After contacting Australian Personal Computer Magazine staff about purchasing copies of the July 2000 issue (complete with the free OS/2 Warp CD), this reply was received:


Subject: re: copy to US

To order a copy of the July 2000 issue of APC you need to send a cheque/money order for $AU8.95 (made payable to APC) to our attention at

PO Box 4088

and we can arrange for a copy to sent to you as soon as we receive payment.


Australian $8.95 is approximately US $5.50 -- a pretty cheap price for a copy of OS/2 Warp 4. Unfortunately some banks may want up to $25 for an international money order.

July 18

IBM announced that it withdraws the OS/2 print services.



July 18

IBM is trying to phase out OS/2 as a Java development platform. They don't think it's a big deal, but they have indicated they would change their mind if enough users showed interest. We need your support!

Please visit:


and register your vote. Or, if you are unable to reach this URL follow these directions:

http://www.ibm.com/vadd/ -> Support -> Request a Feature -> Search Features -> Feature Number 237 -> Click on VOTE

July 18

Sun has announced it will release StarOffice as opensource software. Check out this link:


Might this mean that there will eventually be a StarOffice 5.2 (or greater) under OS/2?

July 17

As you possibly know IC Phone is one of very few IP telephony applications for OS/2. Unfortunately the OS/2 version requires a server which IBM has shutdown and is not licensing to anyone. Therefore I am thinking about developing such a server or - as suggested by someone - porting the SpeakFreely software www.speakfreely.org But I can't do it all by myself.

So if you are interested in this please send me an e-mail at:


Even if you just like to use the server and don't have enough time to participate in the development. The feedback is very important to me.

Kind regards,
Andreas Taegener

July 17

The 16 July 2000 issue of OS/2 eZine is now (mostly) up and online... new articles will be added throughout the week.

The issue can be viewed at:


In this issue, we have a look at Project Odin, an overview of the upcoming Warpstock 2000 event in Philadelphia, the next in the Home Networking with OS/2 series and the seventh installment of Simon Gronlund's "Into Java" series, a look at the important events on Usenet over the last month, and an article written by an OS/2 Netlabs developer discussing the advantages and disadvantages of porting software from other platforms and creating native applications for OS/2 from the ground up. More articles will be added in the next week.

July 17

Drivers for the Adaptec Ultra160-series of SCSI cards have now been released by Adaptec. All the Ultra160 cards seem to be supported, except for the 19160 low-range card (positioned as a Windows only card).

For more information and download of the driver, visit Adaptec's web site at:


July 17

PPALM HARBOR, FLORIDA (July 17, 2000) - M. Bryce ~Associates (MBA) today announced the release of the August issue of OS/2 CONNECT, a freeware newsletter distributed through the various computer networks and bulletin boards. OS/2 CONNECT is THE authoritative source for contact information in the universe of IBM's OS/2 32-bit operating system.

The newsletter is implemented as a web page at:


Its HTML files are also available for downloading and viewing locally. The file is named CON08000.ZIP and can also be obtained at:

Hobbes - ftp://hobbes.nmsu.edu
ftp://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/os2/info/newsltr/connect/con08000.zip or

Walnut Creek - ftp://ftp-os2.cdrom.com/
ftp://ftp-os2.cdrom.com/pub/os2/newsltr/con08000.zip or

America Online and various Bulletin Boards.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Tim Bryce
Editor, OS/2 CONNECT
M. Bryce ~Associates (MBA)
a division of M&JB Investment Company
3310 U.S. Alt. 19
P.O. Box 1637
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1637
United States
Tel: 727/786-4567
Fax: 727/786-4765
E-Mail: timb001@attglobal.net
WWW: ttp://www.os2ss.com/connect/
MBA: Developers of the "PRIDE" Information Factory ~Batch Manager Since 1971: "Software for the finest computer - the Mind"

July 17

Version 1.12.14 of Aaron Lawrence's NewView Help Viewer is now available. NewView is a rewrite of OS/2's View.exe. It reads INF and HLP files. Improvements include a new UI, remember size/position, select and copy from the window... etc

Major enhancements in this release are:

- New user interface (split window with contents always available)
- Select and copy direct from window. Including keyboard selection
- Remembers size ~position
- Most recently used files list
- Smooth scrolling display
- Always see where in contents current doc is
- Loads file into memory instead of leaving it open
- Can go forward as well as back in history
- Various options (colours, fonts etc)
- Annotate help files - notes are displayed within topic
- Fully resizeable even with multi-windows
- More search options.

What things DOES it display?
Styles ~alignments
Examples (fixed-width, no right margin)
Multiple windows*

* Window Handling: Since it is not designed in the MDI (Multi-document interface) model, NewView has to do some odd things to handle multiple windows as they are specified for View. The results seems to be generally acceptable, but this depends on sub-windows not being listed in the contents tree. This is the case for the OS/2 Toolkit docs, the main examples of multiwindow usage.

NewView is freeware, and probably GPL'd too.


July 17

InetPowerServer v0.88b1 is now available from:


as well as from the hobbes archive.

This is the most major release ever. First preview code for web serving is included as well.

The list of changes, fixes and improvments is to long to write here, but this is really the time to check out IPS.

IPS is a highly configurable multiprotocol server application allowing you to create your own ftp, web and/or mail server using your OS/2 or Windows machine. IPS supports FTP, HTTP, POP3 and SMTP protocols. If you are running a dual OS setup IPS can use the exact same configuration on both OS/2 and Windows.


July 17

JJSCDROM.DMD, a modified OS/2 CD-ROM DMD with CD-DA digital readout / CD-XA / multisessioning enhancement, is now available.

This is a modified OS/2 CD-ROM device manager driver based on latest DDK Online source. It will work on OS/2 2.x or later.

My enhancements are:

- Added per-drive-basis "feature forcing" features. They force:
= to turn on "CD-DA/XA readable/multisessioning-aware" flags
= vendor-specific SCSI CD-DA/XA/multisessioning methods
- Added "WORM-to-CD-ROM treatment" feature
- Fixed slow audio initialization problem of some Plextor SCSI drives
- Added "ignore drive" feature
- Enriched /V option output

Other enhancements are:

- Added "CD-Extra" (data-multisessioned audio-CD) support [introduced by Robert Lalla]

Find it at Hobbes:


Or later:


July 17

Today I have uploded NewCalls on my home page:


English home page:


NewCalls is a patch for the pmmerge.dll. It increases the perfomance for INI-write-actions. This reduces the blockade of WPS during INI writes.

The file PMMERGE.DLL opens the INI files with the flag OPEN_FLAGS_WRITE_THROUGH which has the consequence that these files are written uncached to the HD, so that the WPS is blocked partially for quite a while. IBM did this for exaggerated safety reasons, in my opinion, that is not necessary.

This Tool goes back on an idea from Peter Fitzsimmons.

At this the module entry DOSCALLS will replaced in pmmerge.dll by NEWCALLS. The NEWCALLS.DLL contains so-called Forwarder on all functions in DOSCALLS except DOS32OPEN, this function its by own _DOS32OPEN replaced. If opening files, _DOS32OPEN removes the flag OPEN_FLAGS_WRITE_THROUGH and calls then DOS32OPEN in DOSCALLS.

I wrote now a Installer and shortened the file NEWCALLS.DLL somewhat (no, there now nothing is missing;-)).

Supplementary product like DLLRNAME are more necessary.

The program is Freeware. Direct URL is:


July 17

The July 2000 issue of Australian Personal Computer (APC) Magazine is distributed with 3 CDs containing a full version of OS/2 Warp 4.0, along with Red Hat Linux 6.2 and BeOS 5 Personal Edition. OS/2 is in Disc 2; also included are StarOffice 5.1a for OS/2, Netscape Communicator for OS/2 4.61, AntiViral Toolkit Pro for OS/2 3.0.133, Zip Control, The Graham Utilities for OS/2, FileStar/2 2.10d1 and Embellish 2.01. As stated in the documentation booklet included with the magazine, APC's version of OS/2 Warp 4 differs from the retail version in that it does not contain the disk images found in the retail installation CD; installation with the APC version is strictly by CD-ROM only; to quote the instructions: "It is technically possible (to install with floppy disks) by copying all files in the CD sub-directories to floppy disks, (but) we don't recommend it." Also absent are the drivers one can find from the DevicePak CD, and the demos of commercial applications.

July 17

A writer working on a PBS project recently sent a message to Steve Wendt asking for help finding documentation on the, "rise and fall of OS/2 and how Microsoft manipulated the PC magazine markets to ruin a good operating system."

Because the writer is only seeking direct correspondence with people who can, "shed light on the internal workings of the OS/2 development team," I won't list his email address here. But if you think you might be such a person, please send a brief note to Steve Wendt at:


and I'm sure he'll put you in contact with the appropriate person.

July 17

Xitami has been upgraded to GA version 2.4d7 and a beta version of 2.5b4 is available at:


Xitami is a free web server for OS/2 and many other platforms.

July 17

This is to announce that version 2.2 of MIDI Station Sequencer has been released. This version features:

- Support for audio-only projects
- Wave "stretching" in audio track
- Full editing features in piano roll view
- Keyboard accelerators for control of playback and recording

Also many bugs were fixed such as:

- Fixed file loading bottleneck
- Cleaned up static at end of waveform playback
- Audio controls weren't being enabled when loading audio data from file
- Fixed file conversions and added progress indicator
- Fixed tempo map and meter map bar values
- Fixed beats logic when changing time signature
- Fixed bug with piano roll with large tracks
- Improved time signature logic in piano roll
- Fixed bug in event window with various time signatures
- Improved loading performance of piano roll
- Fast forwarding wasn't reacting to time signature changes
- Meter Map was failing when setting meter for new sequence
- Tempo Map was failing when setting tempo for new sequence
- New sequences weren't saving tempos
- Loading of audio sequences wasn't scaling correctly
- Wasn't allowing for audio project saves in other directory but current
- Wasn't updating time signature immediately when loading sequence
- Metronome timing was off for various time signatures
- Time signature wasn't being reset when creating new sequence

MIDI Station Sequencer 2.2 is available at the following web sites:

and soon will be available for downloading from BMT Micro at:



Christopher Hodges
Author of MIDI Station Sequencer

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