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If you have any comments regarding articles or tips in this or any previous issue of the VOICE Newsletter, please send them to We are always interested in what our readers have to say.

Addendum - Mark Dodel's editorial How to get blood from a stone created quite some feedback. Many confirmed that the version Mark mentioned is the latest one. Also, nobody seems to know about what became of the original Kellergroup owners and developers.

June 13, 2005 - Jan Lauer tells his story about PMFax:

With a lot of interest I read your editorial of the OS/2 Voice's issue June '05.
Since we are long term users of PMfax for LAN we faced a little bit of the sad story about the vita of that fine product. First owned by a company of which I forgot the name of, than the Kellergroup (they had an existing and friendly support), the product takeover by CDS and then the transfer to Intradyn.

We are working with that product for around twelve years now and we sold it to our customers too. Unfortunately even the german distributor, which I contacted several times does'nt know anything about what the latest version could be.

All I can say is, that there is no newer version in use in our environment.

If you find something more current 'by accident' I would be very interested in these good news.

Best regards and the wish that you keep up the good work in the VOICE-Team!

August 2, 2005 - Apparently, keeping an archive of old articles is worth it. Jacek Pietryszyn wrote the following in response to Mark Dodel's article on the Medion Titanium laptop from 2003:

I have read your article about Medion Titanium. Heh, I have just the same laptop brought in the USA about 3 years ago. I am from Poland and still using it. I was so happy reading about OS on it and about your way to discover what is inside our laptops.

I am using Win XP and Win Server 2003 which is not as driver friendly as XP.

After that 3 years it looks like old Martens boots. ;-)

Anyway, I just wanted to say "GOOD ARTICLE". Many thanks for the willingness to write it. It is 2005, so I suppose you have a newer PC right now. I am still collecting money for new one.

Mark answers:

Thanks for the kind words. My biggest problems with the Medion were the weight, the heat, and the fact that I broke off the plastic tabs in the USB ports. I also hated the touchpad, but got around that by getting a Logitech wireless Trackman. The Medion is still being used, but now by my daughter. I've upgraded to an IBM T42p which pretty much solved all my issues, though at a big cost. For the money I still think the Medion was a good buy, and it runs eComStation like a champ. ;-)

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