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September 2000

August 12

I have uploaded a new version of HTMEPM (HTML extensions for EPM) to Hobbes. You can find it at:


Supports HTML 3.2 and some 4.0 features, menu-driven, preview with Netscape via DDE, user configurable.

August 11

An operating system is the canvas on which programmers create their art. At Warpstock 2000, OS/2 programmers will learn a few new brush strokes.

- Introduction to Programming. Timur Tabi starts the conference with his well-received presentation from last year. This presentation is intended for people with absolutely no programming experience whatsoever. At the end of the session, you won't be a programmer, but you'll be able to play one on TV.

- The OS/2 Programming Model. Interested in writing software for OS/2, the most advanced operating system on the planet? Scott Garfinkle shows you the basics of OS/2 programming, with emphasis on multitasking and memory management.

- Creating WarpIN installation archives. WarpIN is the new standard for installing OS/2 applications, surpassing the outdated Software Installer and the klunky Feature Installer. Nothing ruins a good application more than a bad installation process, so let Ulrich M=F6ller show you how to create attractive, robust, and user-friendly installation archives with WarpIN.

- Warpzilla: What's in it for developers? Warpzilla is the OS/2 version of the Mozilla web browser, but the Mozilla project is about more than just browsing. Jeff Kobal, Mike Kaply, and Henry Sobotka discuss what developers can gain from Warpzilla and its accompanying modules.

- Introduction to Java. OS/2 is known for many things, not the least of which is its excellent Java support. Are you Java-curious? If so, then join Samuel Audet as he explains the basics of Java programming.

- Simplicity for Java. Carl Sayres of Data Representations takes you on a tour of his most excellent Java development environment. Even if you're not a Java developer, the sheer genius of this product will amaze you.

- Getting Expected Results from Java. Sun may claim that Java is "write once, run anywhere", but reality is a little more complicated than that. David Moskowitz invites you to take the Java Testing Challenge and become a better Java programmer.

- Jungo's WinDriver for OS/2. OS/2 drivers may be easier to develop than Windows drivers, but that doesn't mean anyone can write one. Until now, at least. Jungo has created an OS/2 version of their highly-portable driver development toolkit, WinDriver. But looks can be deceiving, and so is WinDriver. Let Timur Tabi show you what's good, and what's not so good, with WinDriver for OS/2.

- Programming drivers for USB devices on OS/2. The overwhelming majority of peripherals on the market today are USB, so today's OS/2 driver programmer needs to know how to use OS/2's USB support. Markus Montkowski explains the USB interface and OS/2's implementation of it, and then shows you how to write OS/2 USB drivers.

- XWorkplace: Extending the Workplace Shell. XWorkplace is the amazing, free WorkPlace Shell extension that really shows why OS/2 is still light years ahead of other operating systems. Ulrich M=F6ller shows you the XWorkplace source code and how you can make your own WPS extensions.

- Advanced OS/2 Debugging using PMDF and Trace. OS/2 is a very powerful operating system, and so debugging OS/2 applications can be tricky. Scott Garfinkle shows you how to use OS/2's built-in trace facilities to pinpoint problems and fix them. No OS/2 programmer should leave Warpstock without this knowledge!

- Building dynamic web pages using PHP. Take your web design skills to the next level! Andreas Linde introduces you to PHP, one of the most popular tools for dynamic web page generation. You will also learn how to set up your own web server and database, using Apache, MySQL, and PHP on an OS/2 system.

- Top Secret: New Open Source Project for OS/2! OS/2 users rejoice - Kendall Bennett of SciTech will unveil a new open source project that will benefit all OS/2 developers, regardless of what they develop. This is not some dinky application or long-forgotten tool, this is some seriously major news, and attendees of this Warpstock 2000 presentation will be the first to hear about it.

All these presentations can be yours for the low price of $79, but only if you act now! Go to http://www.warpstock.org and register for Warpstock 2000 today!

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:


or its mirror site:


August 11

Attention all OS/2 users! The biggest OS/2 event of the year is approaching fast, and if you don't act soon, you might miss it!

Warpstock 2000 will be the premier OS/2 conference to attend this year.

If you've never been to Warpstock before, this is definitely the year to go, because it will be the biggest and best Warpstock ever.

OS/2 experts from around the world will be there to impart their wisdom and experiences during the many presentations. Several vendors will also be there to demonstrate and sell their OS/2-compatible and native OS/2 products. But the best part of Warpstock is that you'll be able to spend an entire weekend with hundreds of other people who share your vision of today's best computing environment.

So how much time do you have? Not much! Warpstock 2000 will be in Philadelphia on September 9 and 10. That means you have only 4 weeks left. Special discounts on flights and the hotel are still available. See the web site for details.

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 web site at:


August 11

There are some new articles at the Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG) web site http://www.scoug.com

1) Ink by Tony Butka (including information on GhostScript & GhostView)
2) An article about Netlabs (http://www.netlabs.org)
3) Mr. Know-it-All (how to get RealPlayer 7 to run as a Netscape helper)
4) Download! (where you can find drivers and applications for OS/2)

Come take a look, and if you haven't participated yet, we have a quick survey on your exposure to Odin.

August 11

Glad to announce TRSS Consulting has moved to another new home:


The Bay Area OS/2 Page is located at:


I am still adding more and more to my pages, but I have not gone fully elaborate as I know a number of people out there still do not have the bandwidth access to accommodate.

And yes there is still the Awesome Trials of Battle Server @, I wish I could do some coding, as there needs to be some expansion packs to TOB. But alas....

Please visit the OS/2 Site of mine and give your feedback, I welcome it.

And stop by my Colocated Sponsors page.

August 11

XWorkplace V0.9.4 has been released. Please check my home page for details and the download.


XWorkplace is the successor to Ulrich Moeller's popular XFolder WPS-Enhancer utility. It brings a lot of new features and is now complete OpenSource Software released under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). With XWorkplace developers can also add their own features to this powerful WPS-Enhancer!

XWorkplace is a must have application on OS/2, once you installed it you will simply love it!

August 11

I've uploaded the new version of my win95key utility to Hobbes. Source code is included. Now it is in:


I hope that you'll find it soon in:


Win95key is an utility that enable windoze keys on your keyboard. This is 2.0 version (beta but looks stable;) with many new features such as support for almost any keyboards and keys and plugin-based architecture. I'm also looking for somebody who'll write a configuration tool for it.

August 10

RexxMail, an OS/2 WPS mail client written in REXX, is currently receiving the final touches to its information and installation modules before its release to the OS/2 community, hopefully some time soon.

I started RexxMail long ago because I did not like UltiMail, and at the time there was simply nothing else on offer. I wanted an easily adaptable mail message processor that would make full use of the facilities offered by that invaluable invention, the OS/2 Workplace Shell. What started as a motley collection of CMD files has gradually been consolidated into a single module offering a range of mail processing services. Time to publish, I thought.

RexxMail is based on the concept that each mail message file is an object in its own right, as the WPS intends it to be. It uses only the standard range of WPS facilities, including normal folders and templates and the extended attributes and program associations system, to control the behaviour of mail message objects. The result is an easy to use, fully drag ~drop enabled, object-oriented, system-wide, highly flexible, mail message processing system.

The purpose of RexxMail is to manage outgoing and incoming mail messages while they reside on the user's system. The actual transmission and reception of messages through network connections (using the SMTP/POP/IMAP protocols) is left to separate programs, e.g. sendmail.

RexxMail features include:
- drag ~drop all over the place - fully configurable looks -- uses only standard WPS objects - use your favourite text editor/reader - use message file objects wherever you like - message objects show header info and message status - start outgoing messages from templates - simply drop outgoing attachments into a folder - incoming attachments are presented as separate file objects - automatic ZIP compression of outgoing mail attachments - automatic virus scan of incoming mail attachments - address book folder import/export function - automatic storage of processed messages in any folders you like - extensive information provided in HTML format - full command line interface - it's REXX, so you get the full source code

RexxMail is non-intrusive: it adds no DLLs, and it does not alter system files. It has a dummy tryout mode that will let you "send" and "receive" messages to and from yourself without using the network, and without upsetting an existing mail system. Also, it's compact: thanks to the OS/2 WPS, it takes only 50 (yes, fifty) kilobytes of REXX code to do all this (and more).

Oh, and it's free, of course.

More soon.


August 10

Nice OS/2 Enhancer is updated to version 4.2. There are no new features in it, only bug fixes.

You can download version 4.1 (840 KB) from Hobbes:




Program URL with more information:


This Enhancer adds new features to the OS/2 operating system such as the ability to:

* move an image into all windows by means of mouse or keys,
* change frames for all windows,
* extend your workplace by new "Rooms" around the Desktop,
* define keys to perform various actions,
* attach any network drive or FTP folder from file dialogs,
* manage the priority for some applications,
* remove items from the Window List,
* arrange text, WPS and Java windows by center of the screen,
* hold "Num Lock" always "ON" or "OFF",
* ...and more.

This Enhancer is very stable and fully compatible with other software. I use it day by day and think that this is a great "run-time" Fix for OS/2 Warp!

P.S. I'll be glad to read your suggestions. Mail them freely to me!

August 10

The RexxComm REXX comment formatting utility has been updated. In fact it was updated some time ago, but I simply forgot to tell you about it.

Some information from the program header:

/* 2000-07-16 : Bugfix: nested multi-line comments. */
/* 2000-07-02 : Removed conversion of TABs to SPACEs. */
/* (Trailing whitespace is still removed.) */
/* Removed L(eading) option: too cumbersome. */
/* T(railing) option renamed to N(ext line) */
/* 2000-07-01 : The S(trip) option now removes leading whitespace. */
/* 2000-06-30 : Bugfix: a comment start may now appear in the code. */
/* Single-character option switches. */
/* 2000-06-29 : Bugfix: a lone comment end now passes without error */
/* 1999-11-10 : Added Leading and Trailing options. */
/* 1999-08-25 : Bugfix: multi-line comments. */
/* 1999-07-21 : Cosmetic changes. */
/* 1999-07-07 : Initial program release. */

Some more information from an OS/2 window:

Usage = RexxComm option filespec
Option should be one of the following:
A : trailing comments are vertically Aligned to match the longest line of code
U : trailing comments are Unaligned to follow each line of code
N : trailing comments are moved to the Next line (original file is saved in [filename].ORG)
S : all comments are Stripped from the file (original file is saved in [filename].ORG)

RexxComm can be found at:


Or, for those of you who prefer Dutch HTML:


August 10

There is an OS/2 driver for S3 Savage chipsets at:


It is version 7.00.19 and dated 30 May 2000.


August 10

Sundial Systems encourages all DBExpert version 2.x users to download the free update to version 2.0.9. Maintenance issues and several new features are included in this release.

DBExpert is Sundial's relational database and application builder for OS/2. It's object-oriented design and interface make database application development rapid and easy. Another plus for OS/2 users, DBExpert's macro language is REXX.

Find out more at www.sundialsystems.com/dbexpert - You'll see that Sundial has the answers!

Sundial PR

August 09

Symantec has released a new IBM AV update, av30fx:


August 09

It seems that after waiting in vain for a German FP13 there's (finally) a new German FixPak. XRGM014, dated 8/8/2000, 11:04am, build level 14.044 (according to the included readme.1st) is available at:


I can't tell the US FP it is based upon (regarding possible post-FP14 fixes) and I didn't test it (yet).

August 09

Sundial Systems encourages all DBExpert version 2.x users to download the free update to version 2.0.9. Maintenance issues and several new features are included in this release.

DBExpert is Sundial's relational database and application builder for OS/2. Its object-oriented design and interface make database application development rapid and easy. Another plus for OS/2 users, DBExpert's macro language is REXX.

Find out more at


You'll see that Sundial has the answers!

August 09

IBM has now put out a couple of updates for various FixPak 14 problems. It is located at:


The file is krnl0809.zip, and the readme is krnl0809.txt.

(There is also a KRND0809.ZIP ~KRND0809.TXT; according to KRND0809.TXT, it says this is "the half strict debug Kernel", whatever IBM means by "half strict").

August 09

IBM has released a second kernel postfix, KRNL0807.ZIP, for FixPak #14.

This postfix contains fixes to APAR JR14866 (hang at the beginning of the boot process with the white blob still showing), PJ27341 (hangs, traps, and application problems using the DosQProcStatus/DosQuerySysState APIs), and JR14875 (trap/IPE on boot with pre-pentium systems).


August 09

Peter Moylan has released Major Major 0.3 (mailing lists software).


August 09

For those of you who are interested there is a e-group available for MIDI Station Sequencer. Valid topics include of course, things related to MIDI Station Sequencer itself but also to MIDI and audio in general in OS/2. So feel free to join in and give some feedback.

The URL to the group is:


August 08

The CONNECT/2 project page is updated on OS2.Ru. Changes in version 7.6 beta3:

supporting of PM Clipboard;
Unix ~DOS line feeds;
EA ~.Longname.


Connect/2 is a Free Norton Commander clone with some more capabilities (e.g. Hexedit).

August 08

Zeryx Software, developers of the upcoming ZXMAIL have released the following news:

08 August 2000 ZxMail is still in development, delays have resulted from demand in consulting work, release of the Beta has been pushed to the fall. New objects have been created for Vispro Rexx I am having difficulty with the header given by vispro with their toolkit the problem makes it impossible to use in Vispro C and C++, until I get a better response from Vispro I cannot implement it in Vispro C (but no problem for Vispro Rexx). The new object is an advanced button, when the cursor passes over it, it changes aspect and image (aka netscape) you can make it appears flat, or raised or sunken, you can also set the picture to change when flown over. The object is written and working but I need to write the help and debug it a bit further and create the install program. And I also need to hear from the OS/2 community to see if such such a tool would be needed and get more feedback on the previous objects, I have heard nothing so far, if the interest is there I will spend more time on it, If not I will simply no longer release them (I use these tools for ZxMail, it is written with the help of Vispro C). Thanks in advance. as a follow on I would integrate a menu bar object with those button, if the interest is there.

The company Web site is:


you can find the news release at:


ZXMAIL server will provide an integrated solution for small businesses that need an email server for their office.br>

August 08

We have created new pages about X-technologies in OS/2 on Russian/2. Now you can read reviews about x-servers for OS/2, some X-applications and their settings. The author of these pages is Alex Samorukov samm@os2.ru. Any comments and wishes are welcome!


August 08

lSwitcher 2.5 Russian has been uploaded to Hobbes. You can find it at:


Eventually this file will be at:


lSwitcher is a convenient feature-rich Alt-Tab (Ctrl-Tab hotkey can also be used) Presentation Manager and full screen task switcher for OS/2.

The English version of the program can be found at:


August 08

InetPowerServer v0.88b2 is now available ...

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.

Download IPS from:


Project Home Page:


Documentation Home Page (including appendix A with latest changes):


August 07

After a lot of rumours about the product availability it really looks like ISDNPM 3.0 is ready to buy now! For those of you who don't know it, ISDNPM is a very nice way to connect to the internet if you have an ISDN-Adapter with CAPI 1.1 or NEW: CAPI 2.0 driver.

Unfortunately there is no way so far to buy this product online but maybe this will change if more people are interested in it.

If you are interested in ISDNPM I recommend you to subscribe to the mailinglist at Egroups: http://www.egroups.com/group/isdnpm. Note that there are "just" users on this list, as far as I know no developers of ISDNPM. It's a german group but I'm sure they will also support you if you speak english :-)

I have nothing to do with ISDNPM, I just post this message because other people might be interested in this great product. Note that I just translated the features from a german posting in a newsgroup. Maybe the translation is not always correct, I'm sorry about that ;-)

Some of the new features:

- CAPI 2.0 or CAPI 1.1 support
- IDI-Interface (Diehl)

- you can connect up to 8 ISDN-Cards with ISDNPM

- ISDN can use up to 4 serial ports for modem connection.

- beside the 'sl0' Interface ISDNPM can be used over a LAN-Interface. This simplifies the use of NETBIOS over TCP/IP

PPP over Ethernet:
- for the use of TDSL ISDNPM can connect to this interface as well over a protocol device driver.

ISDNPM is also a very good choice as a dialin server.

Beside the 'old' protocols like HDLC, X75 and SLIP ISDNPM also supports PPP with the following features:
- authentification using PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP as client and server
- authentification based on the ISDN-callerid
- Dialback client/server
- Multilink, which means dynamic channelbundling depending on the network load
- several types of compression
- dynamic distribution of IP-Adresses out of a POOL
- declaration resp. interpretation of DNS-Adresses

You can define complex rules for each IP-connection. There are filters for incoming packets, outgoing packets and for the control of AUTODIAL

The filter is able to analyze the following information:
- IP-Source, IP-Destination
- Protocoll
- Source-Port, Destination-Port
- ICMP-Type
- TCP-Flags
- Content of data
- date/time (work in progress)

ISDNPM is able to create a detailed report of IP-Traffic. It saves detailled information of each connection in a LOG-File

There are a lot of information available for analyzing connection problems

Beside manual control it's possible to control ISDNPM over a PIPE and a TCP-Socket.

Registration of ISDNPM 3.0 costs 60DM (Deutsche Mark), because the price is very low it's not possible to buy an update of an old version.

August 06

There has been a bug in Configtool 0.95, so it failed to work with Object Rexx, thanks to users this bug has been detected and corrected. If anybody uses ObjectRexx and Cfgtool 0.95 fails please download again. The failure is corrected now.

Sorry for any troubles you may have had.


Configtool is a CONFIG.SYS editor with searchable database which explains the entries, sort and checking routines. Included is ConfigCompare a tool to compare CONFIG.* files.

August 06

ConfigTool is CONFIG.SYS editor with searchable database which explains the entries, sort and checking routines, boot/recovery options and suggestions for optimization. Included is ConfigCompare - tool to compare CONFIG.* files.

CFGTOOL.DAT database is based on OS2CFG11.DAT for ConfigInfo 4.0 by Rick Meigs. All entries from the CM2CFG.DAT for ConfigMaint/2 are also included, as some of the howto.dat.

New in version 0.95:

- ConfigCompare
- Acoustic feedback on some operations
- Expanded Cfgool.dat (837 entries).

To download ConfigTool 0.95, visit:


Authors: Goran Ivankovic and Klaus Staedtler.

August 06

I have made a PM environment for the PSI Utilities of Erik Huelsmann. These utilities enable you to exchange data between Psion Series x handheld computers and OS/2.


and follow the Psion link.

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