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August 1999

Letters, Addendum, Errata

July 16, 1999 - Ralph Cohen wrote the following as a followup to my review of RSJ CD Writer for OS/2 in the July issue of the newsletter - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0799H/vnewsf2.htm


I enjoyed your article on RSJ CD Writer for OS/2 which I have been using for a couple of years. One correction, however, is that effective with version 2.59, it is no longer necessary to format a CD before using it. The following is from the readme file:

New to Version 2.59

- It's no longer necessary to format new CDs. When using CHKDSK,
new CDs seem to have a reserved track (to maintain compatibility),
but the track will not be physically reserved until the first file
is created on the CD.

July 16, 1999 -Timur Tabi offered the following letter in response to my July editorial asking OS/2 users to come together annd stop squabbling on Usenet - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0799H/vnewsf1.htm:

If you really want people to come together on OS/2, how about letting the VOICE newsletter and OS/2 e-Zine "come together" into one merged online e-Zine? That would be in the spirit of co-operation, and there would be one single (read: convenient and for the benefit of the OS/2 user) newsletter that OS/2 users could go to for articles and reviews.

Editor's response: This response was also posted to the forum Timur started on this subject on the OS/2 e-Zine site. Topic: OS/2 e-Zine should merge with VOICE - http://www.os2ezine.com/ubb/Forum15/HTML/000008.html

What OS/2 needs is more sources of information, not less. OS/2 has tons of links pages, and a few sites like Tom's OS2HQ site that do some reviews. What we really need are more people willing to help with the established publications that people turn to regularly. A lot of time it's just myself, Don Eitner and maybe one or two other people that keep the VOICE Newsletter going.

So Timur instead of trying to reduce the number of online OS/2 publications, why not cruise the news groups and mail lists and exhort people to write about their OS/2 experiences? Or is everyone writing exclusively for Warpcity now? :-)

The VOICE Newsletter is an instrument of the VOICE OS/2 user organization, and any mergers would be up to the VOICE Board of Directors and ultimately the VOICE membership. So if you really want to have a voice in the future of VOICE, join VOICE. :-)

In the mean time the VOICE Newsletter will continue to promote the diversity of the OS/2 community and raise awareness of other OS/2 resources like OS/2 e-Zine, SCOUG, POSSI and Warpstock, as well as the hard working OS/2 software developers.

August 2, 1999 - Dan Casey (dcasey@iquest.net) sent in this news about the ORB Drive reviewed in the July issue of the newsletter - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0799H/vnewsf5.htm

This is the latest info posted on the Castlewood website concerning their EIDE and Parallel Port ORB Drives:

Reference: http://www.castlewood.com/help/status_updates/status_updates.html


The latest drivers for the ORB EIDE and Parallel Port drives are being beta tested. As soon as they are ready, they will be posted on the web site.

August 4, 1999 - As another followup to my review of RSJ CD Writer for OS/2 in the July issue of the newsletter - http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0799H/vnewsf2.htm OPENetwork sent a reminder about their Group Purchase offering for RSJ for OS/2:

"Just want to remind, fellow os2voice members, that RSJ for OS/2 internet delivery is still available from me for $168. If interested please contact wwwwwh@OPENetwork.com."

August 7, 1999 - The following is a letter Chip Davis, President of REXXLA organization. It was forwarded to me by VOICE member Tom Stevic:

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I report that Dick Goran, a long-time and faithful supporter of Rexx, has left us. Many, if not most of you have a copy of his "Rexx Reference Summary Handbook", the product of Dick's indefatigable tenacity in ferreting out undocumented parameters to OS/2 Rexx system function calls. I refer to mine regularly, and marvel at the effort required to discover and document them.

Dick was one of the more colorful members of the Rexx community, a man of infectious good spirit and generosity who didn't know the meaning of "sotto voce". Indeed, his distinctive vocal talents provided him with a career in radio and movies completely orthogonal to his professional programming work. He was tagged "The Voice of Las Vegas" and if you ever heard him speak, you know why.

Dick's last project was WebMaven, an ambitious software package that allows one to extract and localize an entire website, or portion thereof, for offline perusal or archival. It is quite elaborate, and my description does not begin to do it justice. Full details are on Dick's website (http://www.cfsrexx.com) and I encourage you to check it out. I understand that it is written in Rexx and the OS/2 version of it is complete. Apparently, Dick was working on the Windows port when he died, and his daughter is quite determined to have the product completed. This should be a fairly straight-forward effort, as much if not all of the Windows GUI is complete.

Becky (Goran) Tamburino lives in Massachusetts and has asked me to broadcast to the Rexx community her request for help (see below). Her spam filter rejects email addresses not in her list of correspondents, so she asked me to relay your initial email to her. (It was either that, or have her put the entire RexxLA membership list into her spam filter.) Alternatively, you may call her at the phone number below.

I don't have access to a Windows platform, but I know a lot of you do. This may be the sort of project that requires a number of us making small contributions to the effort, or it may be that one person can complete the unfinished portion. Regardless of the method, I believe it is something that should be done.

As Gabe found out recently, there are those whose first question will be "What's in it for me?". My answer: I don't know. I was not so crass as to ask such a question of a grieving daughter. At this point, the scope of the project has yet to be determined. I doubt that she expects to get a significant amount of pro-bono expertise, but that question should be deferred until the scope is known.

Dick Goran was one of the most interesting people I've met in this business, and I'm going to miss him. If I can get Becky to verify my version of the story, perhaps I'll tell you what "CFS" stands for, and how it came to be his company name. It is quintessentially Dick, and it still makes me laugh to remember it.


Forwarding note from: SCOZAC1@aol.com Thu, 5 Aug 1999 15:19:08 EDT

Mr. Davis:

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Becky Tamburino and I am
Dick Goran's daughter. Your name was given to me by Michael Cowlishaw @
IBM in the UK. He said you may be able to help me.

I am not sure if you are aware, but my father died suddenly on June 16th of this year. In an effort to complete something he had begun, or should I say he has finished but the release is of importance, I am trying to find the necessary staff to complete his project.

Please forgive my lack of computer knowledge and expertise, but it is my understanding that daddy's Webmaven is complete, was written in Rexx language in an OS2 platform and needs to be transposed to a Windows format. ( Please forgive me if my language may be off. )

If you are not already familiar, you can read about Webmaven on daddy's
page at CFSREXX.com.

Thank you for you attention.

Becky Tamburino (Goran)

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