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We scan the Web, Usenet and the OS/2 mailing lists looking for these gems. Have you run across an interesting bit of information about OS/2 or eComStation recently? Please share it with all our readers. Send your tips to If you are interested in joining a particular OS/2 mailing list, check out the VOICE Mailing List page for subscribing instructions for a large variety of existing lists -

Editor's note: these tips are from OS/2-eComStation users and in some cases can not be verified by myself. Please heed this as a warning that if you are not sure about something, don't do it.

June 10, 2002 - From comes our first tip of the month is from Jason Stefanovich with a link on using Realplayer 8 with Mozilla:
FYI updated url too:

June 17, 2002 - Next we have a tip posted to on how to help windoze apps find their own executable files:
If you want to use the same search path for OS/2 and Odin, try:

You could use this either in your config.sys or in a cmd file you manually run.

June 21, 2002 - On the list someone asked how to the desktop context menu to popup only using the keyboard, and John Small provided the following answer:
1) ALT+SHIFT+TAB (gives focus to the desktop)
2) CTRL+\ (deselects everything on the desktop)
3) SHIFT+F10 (brings up the context menu)

June 23, 2002 - Someone asked if there was a way to switch the UserAgent reported by Mozilla on David Forrester responded with the following that allows you to change the reported browser on the fly.:
Have a look at This adds a bar to change the user agent in the fly. It includes 12 different user agents (four browsers with three different versions or platforms each), and, you can enter your own. If none of the included ones are suitable, you may be able to work out the one you need by looking at these.

June 26, 2002 - On, Andre Nancoz offers this help if you have a problem with the "end drag" sound missing:
A while back someone mentioned that the end drag was missing. I had the same problem and have finally found the fix. An entry in the hidden \mmos2\mmpm.ini file was missing. The following Rexx cmd fixes it. Make the appropriate changes to lines 2-4. The number after the "end drag" description I believe is the volume. Change the volume variable to "" if you use the "same volume" option. The entry will show up in the sound list of all schemes right away but will not actually take effect until an IPL.

/* Fix missing drop sound at end of drag in sound schemes */
soundFile = 'O:\mmos2\sounds\doink.wav'
volume = '#50'
ini = SysBootDrive() || '\mmos2\mmpm.ini'

if sysini(ini,'MMPM2_AlarmSounds', '6', ,
soundFile || '#End drag' || volume || '00'x) == '' then
say ini 'successfully updated, re-ipl required'
else say 'update for' ini 'failed

July 2, 2002 - Someone asked on comp.os.os2.apps how to create a CD from an ISO image using RSJ CD Writer. Here's a quick reply on how to do it from Wayne Bickell:
Rename the *.ISO images to *.TRK and open the CD Recorder in 'CDView' in the RSJ folder on your desktop. Drop them on, burn and then finalise.

July 3, 2002 - :In the latest XWorkplace (0.9.19), there is a minor bug when you try to access the XWP User Guide INF file via the desktop context menu giving the error message "Topic not found". On, Sid Gale offers this workaround:
A work-around is to add a % to the end of the parameters in the 'XWorkplace User Guide' program object properties. The problem is caused by the name of the current directory being appended to the filename passed into view.exe.

July 5, 2002 - A lot of people have been asking how to run JDictionary (A java application available from that requires Java 1.3) under OS/2. Steven Levine gives us his method on the OS/2 Discussion list OS2-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL:
FWIW, I run JDictionary with:
javaw -Duser.home=d:\Home -jar jdictionary.jar
This gets rid of the console window and keeps the plugin files out of the Java directory tree.

And on comp.os.os2.apps Michael DeBusk offers a different take on how to run JDictionary:
Here's the CMD file I use to start JDictionary, which is a nice little toy. I'm looking forward to more plugins for it. Put this CMD file in the same directory as the jar.
set path=c:\java13\jre\bin;%path%
set beginlibpath=c:\java13\jre\dll;
java -jar jdictionary.jar
I use similar CMD files to start all Java apps that require version 1.13 or better. The first two lines, edited to match the paths on your system, are what make the system use Java 1.3 instead of 1.18.

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