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August 1999

Atta Boy, IBM

An editorial view from Mark Dodel, editor of the VOICE Newsletter editor@os2voice.org

IBM deserves a strong "Atta Boy". Specifically the IBM team working on the port of Netscape Communicator for OS/2 4.61. OS/2 users screamed when they saw 4.04 with it's bugs and windozeness. 4.61 is still a port of the windoze version, but it's far more stable then the 4.04 version ever was, and better then the windoze version since they have fixed some bugs and continue to add OS/2 functionality. Beta 2 of Communicator 4.61, is now out. If you are still running 2.02, get and try 4.61 beta2. I use to make sure I closed down all instances of Comm/2 before leaving my office for the day (my pc's stay on 24/7 since I don't have to reboot - I only use OS/2 :-) No more. This is a very stable release. It still has a few bugs, but my what a way we have come in web browsers. You can get it at http://www.software.ibm.com/os/warp/netscape. For more on Maintaining Good Communication check out VIEW from the End(User), by Don Eitner . A hardy congratulations and well done to Mike Kaply, Jeffrey Kobal and all the silent guys on the Communicator/2 team.

Speaking of congratulations, the creator of REXX, and a true friend of OS/2, "Mike Cowlishaw was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. This Academy is comparable with the US NAE and election is fiercely competitive. No more than two or three of the 49 so chosen come from the IT-related world." What an honor, and one certainly well deserved. Mike was a guest at a VOICE speakup not long ago on his favorite subject REXX, http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V013099.LOG.html

A sad note for both the REXX and OS/2 user community - Dick Goran has passed away. Dick was known as the Voice of Las Vegas, but he was known to OS/2 users for his outstanding REXX publications and applications. Chip Davis, President of REXXLA, sent out a request by Dick's daughter for anyone who can help with finishing up Dick's last project - Web Maven. If you are interested please read Chip's letter in the Letters section.

Last month saw several people changes here at VOICE. Charles McCluski, VOICE Secretary resigned his position at the end of July. In August, at the request of the VOICE Board of Directors, Abel McClendon asssumed the Secretary position and Phil Butler took over the long vacant Marketing position. VOICE now has a fully staffed Board of Directors.

Also, Bob Wagstaff Co-ordinator of Volunteers for VOICE for Warpstock 99 had to bow out do to personal reasons, for which he was not going to be able to attend Warpstock99. So if you are going to Warpstock99, Warpstock Europe or Warp Expo West, please contact abraxas@os2voice.org as we need folks to represent VOICE and distribute literature at all these events.

It's been a busy past month for VOICE Speakup events. On July 24th, we welcomed back the Warpstock99 team for our annual Warpstock kickoff event on IRC. As in the past VOICE gave one lucky member a one night hotel stay and Warpstock99 ticket as a grand prize. In addition many other prizes were given out. thanks to Wayne Swanson of PillarSoft (http://www.pillarsoft.net) and Armin Schwarz of The Warped Code Cellar (http://home.att.net/~ASchw/) for contributing all the prizes. For the full transcript of that event - http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V072499.LOG.html. And on August the 2nd Sundial Systems unveiled their latest OS/2 product, code-named Kiwi, which is a valuable tool for detecting and filtering out junk email. You can read all about Kiwi in the transcript from the event - http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V080299.LOG.html. On August 7th, Brian Smith was our guest in a Speakup on the EverBlue Project. This is the Netlabs project to port XLib to OS/2 PM thus allowing XWindows apps (Like the Gimp) to run under PM instead of requiring XFree/86. For more on EverBlue see the log at http://www.os2voice.org/logs/V080799.LOG.html or check out their website at http://www.netlabs.org/everblue/.

Coming up we have Lynn Maxson back on August 28th, 1PM EDT (17:00GMT) with the topic being the Warpicity User Organization. Please read Lynn's article in this issue on the topic Know The Enemy. And on September 9, 1999 1PM EDT (17:00 GMT) - VOICE will host a Speakup with Andreas Linde of OS2.ORG. Topic: "OS2.org, what can it do for OS/2 and its users ?" As always, please be sure to check out the updated VOICE Future events Calendar in this newsletter or on the VOICE website at <http://www.os2voice.org/calendar.html> for more details on future VOICE events.

People have been asking us for some sort of searchable index for the past issues of the VOICE Newsletter, so they can check on past tips and reviews. Well I'm happy to report that we have finally made some progress in this area. Beginning this month, we now have a full Newsletter Master Index page. All the feature sections of the current and previous issues can now be found on this one page. Additionally, we have added a Java based search function to this master index page. It will allow you to search all past issues for a specific word or phrase. So try it out and let us know what you think. If you have any ideas for improvements let me know at editor@os2voice.org.

In this issue of the VOICE Newsletter, besides those already mentioned we have A Little OS/2 Magic with UPDINI by Greg Price. greg tells you how to get a little extra responsiveness out of your system with a new utility called Updini. Then Robert Shallenberg reviews the WPS utility Dragtext 3.1. Last month I reviewed RSJ CD Writer for OS/2, and this month, Gordon Williams follows up with a review of CDRecord/2, Audio-CD-Creator and Data-CD-Creator. In answer to the question "What do I use OS/2 for?" Herbert Anderson tells us in the first part of a series, some in depth looks at OS/2 applications he is using daily. The first in the series is on Financial Apps - InCharge, AMTax

We are always interested in your thoughts and views on subjects related to OS/2, and would like to see opinion/editorial pieces as well as hardware/software reviews. To that end, and because of several recent requests, we have added a Guidelines for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter.

Mark Dodel
Editor, VOICE Newsletter

If you want to express your feelings on the way IBM has abandoned OS/2 users in it's quest to appease bill gates, please write a letter to the US DOJ and tell them how you feel.

Joel I. Klein
Assistant Attorney General
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
601 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

The email address is antitrust@justice.usdoj.gov, however I believe a written communication has more effect then electronic.

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