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|By Nick Lysaght © October 2004|
Hi. My name is Nick Lysaght and I've decided to write this article to share with you the experiences I had in getting and installing eCs 1.2. This is not terribly technical at this point, but more of a warts-and-all record of my experience with the process. The main reason for writing, is that I live in Kelmscott, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and from my view we are fairly isolated geographically from the rest of Australia and The World. Hopefully, it will show that a daunting new task has been completed with a happy ending, and may encourage others to "take the plunge" (steering clear of any obvious errors I made). :-)
For those of us that already have eComStation, we knew the upgrade was coming
but were not sure when. For me, as the days approached, it was a feeling of wonder mixed
with fear wrapped around it. Wonder, as with anything new, one just had to find out
what new enhancements and improvements would be there. Fear (well, sort of...) in
that the present eComStation V1.1. has given good service
Then on the 7th of August it started to happen. Word came through from Orion
Solutions (our Australian eCs Distributor). The Principal (Mark) was unavailable,
not returning until the eighth of September. He also asked us not to stop getting
software on their account, and also mentioned "
That was a real eye-opener as I have always bought eCs from Orion. The deliberations
on that took at least a fortnight. Then I saw a new website http://www.ecomstation.biz,
where it seemed that Mensys had teamed up to offer eComStation V1.2 as Electronic
Software Delivery (ESD). I looked hard and long
As I mentioned, I only have Dialup. But luckily, my son, Michael, has ADSL, and I asked if he could download it for me. So, on the 24th of August, down I went to his flat and we started the process. After the usual Credit Card pleasantries were exchanged, we got the message "Please reply to the email sent to your given address" (or words-to-the-effect). It was at that time that my email server went down. It was only a matter of hours, and it was back up again, however the username and password no longer functioned. Panic! I immediately wrote to <email@example.com>, and they wrote back within the hour (incredible, seeing as we're here in Western Australia), with a new username and password.
By this time another 24 hours had passed before we were ready again. So Michael
started the download (on my behalf). Little did we know what was coming to us
Once home, I copied both files to my HDD, then cautiously
opened the 500MiB one.
What's this? An ISO file? I had never seen one
I had to install it!! Luckily I had two machines. My main computer (a AMD-K7
Athlon 1GHz) still had loads of backing up to do, but I also had my old P200MMX
which sat there for one reason
Motherboard: Asus SP97V Processor: Intel P200MMX RAM: 64MB Video: S3 Virge Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball 6GB Sound Card: SB16 ISA CD-ROM: LiteOn (the latest) CD Burner Monitor: ACER 54e
There wasn't much drama with this. The First Disk went into the CD-ROM drive
and from there
So, I am writing from eComStation V1.2 using my very favourite word processor,
DeScribe, even though I know that there is now a wealth of Office Suites to choose
from for eCs-OS/2. Everything is so smooth and works so well. Mensys sent a copy
of the invoice to my email address. Everything couldn't be better. The differences?
It would take another page to list them here, but what I would urge readers to
do is: upgrade, upgrade, upgrade. This is no change-of- control-keys like some
other OS's that could be mentioned. The money you spend has gone into worthwhile
changes that you can feel and use, even on an old clunker like my P200MMX. If you
thought 1.1 was good, 1.2 is better. So even if you upgrade from there, or submit
that old Warp4 disk (that you've never been really game to install) now's the time.
It is my belief that you won't look back.
Finally, a big Thank You to all who made this possible. And that probably includes us all, as we all contribute in our own ways. If you would like the next installment of how eCs 1.2 installs to my main machine, I will write it for you.
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