The original premise for the Developers Assistance Program (DAP i4683) in 1993
was to "Provide development incentives for native OS/2 applications by giving
them superior performance and control". Priority Master II Version 2.4 does
this better than any other program available. To futher assist OS/2 developers,
deep discounts will be made available for a limited time. The current retail price
of $39.95 is reduced to $9.95/copy and $6.95/copy for over 10 copies for any OS/2
commercial or shareware application. If your app is not profitable and you can "hang
in there", a free copy is available. This offer will be valid as long as it
is stated on the order page at http://www.prioritymaster.com.
Ted Waldron III
I have been very busy with Warpstock, but I happened to stumble on some usenet
postings on Warpstock and Tim Martin.
Warpstock'98 is for everyone. We are not excluding anyone in the OS/2 Community.
Warpstock is going to have these new native OS/2 software programs:
We will be having presentations on VisualAge Java v2 (and perhaps the much rumored
C++ v 4.x). Chip Davis (President of the REXX Language Association) will be teaching
us NetREXX, and John Urbaniak will be teaching us Object REXX. Bill Schindler will
show us how to get the most out of the Enhanced Editor (EPM). Terry Warren will
show how to use JAVA with the OS/2 Native methods. Chris Graham of the Graham Utilities
will show us how to debug it all.
We will have TCP/IP discussions for everyone from the regular home user, right
up through the Enterprise administrator. Want to learn how to become an ISP? Come
We will be having lots of OS/2 Advocacy presentations.
Who knows? John Hebert, Jason Kowalczyk, and I have been having so much fun doing
this, that we may decide to do it again -- In Chicago! If we could do what we did
in 3 months, just think what we could do in a YEAR! :-)
Are YOU going to Warpstock'98?
A quick message to explain a project that I'm planning to start this weekend,
and that I'd love some input from other people in.
A rexx based proxy server, with intellegent lookahead.
One of the things that has always really annoyed me is that current proxys just
proxy the page that I'm currently on. According to my monitors, my modem is inactive
95% of the time when I'm on the net.
I'd like to be active 100% of the time, even if I am getting things that are
unneccessary -- if it makes things faster.
Lets think about a typical web page.
Typically, it will have a number of links, to other pages and web sites. Most
of the time you go from link to link, and are not accessing new* URL's . - that
being URL's that have not been on the page before.
Thus, if you READ all the URL's out of a page once you've served it to a web
browser - then you could precache the next page.
The system needs to have some intellegence. It should, for instance, download
pages and images, but not zip files (movies etc...) as the length of download would
be "not worth the effort".
I think that a suitable program can be written in Classic Rexx with a front end
in DrDialog and backend written as a plain rexx app.
I would suggest following links following the following route.
Of course, when someone requests a page, you stop going down the unneccessary
The cleanup routine should only operate when the total size of the current cache
reaches a certain level, at which point it should nuke thing on an oldest access
Every time something is accessed from Cache, it's access date needs setting also.
Cache should probably support poor individuals with fat naming, which means having
a lookup table arrangement also.
Also, in order to perform tasks faster, the fastest way to serve the pages from
the proxy is to use a 301 redirect to file:// rather than actually performing traffic.
Other enhancements could be added, but I think that this is enough for the moment.
So -- all I'm looking for is a small team of 3 programmers who'd like to take
on the challenge.
** more details **
OS/2 Software @ yoursite.co.uk
We try to please
At the recent VOICE SpeakUp with Sundial Systems (Monday, September 21, 1998),
the complimentary copy of the latest release of Mesa 2 version 2.2 was won by VOICE's
newest member, Barry Brindisi! Mr. Brindisi correctly answered the trivia question
"For what OS was Mesa originally developed?"
The entire log of this SpeakUp session, including the answer to the question,
is available on the VOICE website (http://www.os2voice.org/).
IBM Mixes Latest OS/2 Messages, the most recent Sm@rt Reseller article by Esther
Schindler, can be read at:
In a nutshell, while IBM readies major advancements for OS/2 Warp Server and
WorkSpace on Demand, they continue to downplay the important of the Warp desktop/client,
Warpstock '98 (http://www.warpstock.org),
and still have no plans to port OS/2 to Intel's as-yet-unreleased 64-bit Merced
processor. You get the good with the bad with the apparently sensible.
IBM has released fixpak IP08407 for Warp Peer services. This fixpak superseeds
IP08406. English-US version can be downloaded from:
There's a Beta Program for Release 5.0 of Notes/Domino (server) at:
where the Beta for OS/2 can be downloaded for free. It's huge, about 70 Mbyte,
so I haven't downloaded it yet.
The web-site of Team OS/2 Trier has moved (home of the famous OS/2 CDROM 'Team
Trier Collection'). The old adress www.teamos2.trier.de is no longer available.
Please change your bookmarks to http://www.teamos2.ipcon.de.
You can contact us by
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Team OS/2 Trier, Herausgeber von Deutschlands einziger OS/2-CDROM "Team
Trier Collection", ist umgezogen. Die alte URL www.teamos2.trier.de ist nicht
mehr gueltig. Bitte aendern Sie bestehende Links und Bookmarks auf http://www.teamos2.ipcon.de
Desweiteren koennen Sie uns wie folgt kontaktieren:
AlphaWorks has released Install Toolkit for Java 1.0:
Install Toolkit for Java is a program for writing install programs for Java or
non-Java programs (including OS/2, AIX, Solaris, Linux, and Windows NT/95 programs).
Since Install Toolkit for Java is written in Java, it can be run on any platform
and operating system that supports Java. This portability provides a simpler installation
and distribution process.
We've updated The Warped Site with a new "First Look" section where
we will publish our personal experiences with new and interesting OS/2 applications.
This new section can be found at:
The first product featured in our "First Look" section is Stardock's
upcoming Object Desktop 2.0. Check it out.
Moneydance is a personal finance manager written completely in Java. It includes
transaction auto-completion, graphical reporting, reconciliation tool, running cleared
vs uncleared balances, transaction sorting, double-entry, multiple currencies, support
for multiple accounts and more.
Version 2.0b Incorporates a double-entry structure to the account/transaction
model. Support for multiple currencies with automatic exchange rate entry when transferring
between accounts and QIF file import have been implemented. This release is also
using swing/JFC as the new GUI toolkit.
Check out Moneydance at:
The Russian underground/2 site has changed hosts. It is now hosted on http://merlin.itep.ru
under OS/2 Warp 4.
Our server uses Apache/1.3.2 web daemon for OS/2.
The guest book and #OS2russian member list are powered by mSQL for OS/2.
Thanks to Aleksander Krapivin for hosting and help.
If you, like myself, are angry at PowerQuest's recent announcement (Warpcast,
Sep 23rd) that they will no longer be supporting an OS/2 executable from v4 of Partition
Magic then you might consider sending me an email. I will compile a list of those
of you who wish to support an OS/2 version of Partition Magic and pass it on to
PowerQuest if there is a significant response from us the OS/2 community.
I may also set up a web site for this purpose if there is interest in this and
Please could you put 'Partition Magic' in the subject line of your email.
There was a typo on the Win32-OS/2 web page that led people to believe that COMCTL32.DLL
(A Windows DLL that is used by lots of Windows apps) is supported. IT IS NOT. If
you have an application that needs COMCTL32.DLL just STOP - it will not work! We
have no idea how long it will take before COMCTL32.DLL is supported.
Mensys is happy to announce the following:
* StarOffice Version 4 for OS/2 * is finally available!
The product we have in stock now is only for OS/2 and contains the following
The package includes a Setup Guide for OS/2, a generic Getting Started Manual
(both in English). Manuals for other languages are included in Acrobat-format (each
over 100 pages!) The help in the programs itself is in the English language.
The price is 549,- dutch guilders or $ 289,-. This includes a free upgrade to
* SMARTSUITE 2.0 SPECIAL OFFER: *
We have taken over the remaining stock of Lotus Smartsuite for OS/2 version 2.0
English on diskette. (Ami Pro, 1-2-3, Freelance and cc-mail)
We can offer these to you for NLG 49 or US$ 26. It includes full documentation.
(Weight about 5 kg!).
The Mensys Web Site can be reached at the following URL:
Capitel CAPI v3.00 has been released. CapiTel is a multi-threaded 32-Bit Answering
Machine. There are graphical and text-mode versions available for OS/2 (ISDN CAPI
1.1 and CAPI 2.0) and Windows 95/NT (ISDN CAPI 2.0). Available languages are German
and English. You can download a copy from:
Because the summer is over and because you seem to prefer it, I have returned
to publishing a new feature article for Focus on OS/2 every week.
This week's feature is a thorough review of a product called Power Boot. It's
a viable option for those who feel the need for something more than the IBM Boot
Manager has to offer.
You can read/download the feature at http://os2.miningco.com.
I've just uploaded a new, *SAFE* fixpack applicator to Hobbes
(http://hobbes.nmsu.edu). It is called QuickFix and is currently in \pub\incoming
During and since the beta tests I've made a couple of enhancements:
There is now an Apache 1.3.2 OS/2 binary available:
Bad news from PowerQuest... considering PartitionMagic 1.0 was OS/2 only, this
is rather disappointing.
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>Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 12:34:37 -0600
>From: "Scott Jorgenson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: PartitionMagic and Drive Image upgrade information...
It was great meeting you over the phone this morning. This is the follow-up e-mail
from our call. The answer to your question is that PartitionMagic 4.0 no-longer
has a OS/2 exe. For users of OS/2 they will have to boot from DOS.
CMDRUN is an OS/2 WPS replacement WPFolder class which gives the ability to start
command line sessions from any folder with the current directory set to that folder,
and gives a Run menu option similar to that found in Windows, allowing the starting
of OS/2, DOS and Windows applications.
Now in hobbes /incoming (http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-browse?dir=/pub/incoming&sort=date):
wget153.zip - GNU WGET v1.5.3 compiled for OS/2
Freely available network utility to retrieve files from the World Wide Web, using
HTTP and FTP. It has many useful features to make downloading easier. Can be used
to mirror archives and home pages, or traverse the web in search of data, like a
WWW robot. Works exceedingly well on slow or unstable connections. It will try to
resume the download from the point of interruption, using REST with FTP and Range
with HTTP servers that support them. Supports PROXY servers.
Proposed directory for placement: /pub/os2/apps/internet/mirror
RSUINST has been updated to version 1.77:
Version 1.77 of RSUINST.EXE is a VisPro/Rexx 3.1 generated program to replace
previous versions of RSUINST.EXE.
Has some fixes so it works better with the new FTPINSTL.EXE program. This
is the minimum level needed for all future OS/2 RSU Fixpaks.|
Implements automatic update when a new version is released.|
Changed way test was done for ending vbrace }.|
Y2K - use 4 digit year in log file.|
Allow download target to be remote drive. Fix automatic update (-o on unzip)|
Use common Wincent routine|
Fix syntax error when no path for NAME= in .RSU file.|
Fix Self-update code, error lines 8 and 15 of generated @r@s@u@.cmd.|
In hobbes /incoming (http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-browse?dir=/pub/incoming&sort=date):
xdbfj171.zip - xBaseJ Version 1.7.1
xBase database engine written entirely in Java.
Proposed directory for placement: pub/java/apps/database
Program URL: http://www.americancoders.com/xBaseJ.html
The Larsen Commander Page has been updated with a few screenshots of the new
and upcoming version. Point your browser to http://home.sol.no/~leilarse/lcmd.html
if you are interested in taking a look.
Larsen Commander is an ongoing development project of mine. My goal is to make
this one of the best File Managers in the universe for both OS/2 and Windows. The
basics are finished and works well. The first public release should not be far away...
Object Desktop 2.0 EE beta 4 is available for paid testers:
Updates for Object Desktop 2.0 Beta 4.
The following note was sent to the Xitami mailing list Monday, September 21,
Xitami is a free and easily configurable web server for many platforms, including
OS/2. More info can be found at:
There is the potential on non-Unix systems to open a security hole in Xitami
whereby users can execute arbitrary CGI programs on the server.
This is not possible on default configurations.
The security hole is possible because Xitami allows the CGI indicator, '/cgi-bin'
to occur anywhere in the URL. This is a valid CGI URL, assuming that 'program.pl'
is an executable program, e.g. a Perl script:
If you have configured Xitami so that a user can upload files into the HTTP area
using FTP, then the user can also upload arbitrary CGI programs and execute them
on your system.
The next release of Xitami will provide an option to disable the wildcard matching
of '/cgi-bin' in the URL. In existing versions, you should run Xitami under a user
ID that does not have access to sensitive data, if the operating system allows this.
MaccaSoft Development (http://www.maccasoft.com)
is proud to announce the release of PackageWizard 1.00 for OS/2.
PackageWizard is the first truly multiplatform installation utility aimed at
professional developers that builds applications for Windows 95/98, Windows NT,
OS/2 and Java. From a single installation package you can install your application
on all these platforms and even create icons on the desktop for launching your applications.
PackageWizard is a shareware product, this means that you can download a working
evaluation version of the product and try it before purchase. The only limitation
of the evaluation version is that the installation programs can be executed only
from the directory where PackageWizard is installed.
For more informations and to download an evaluation version of this product,
please feel free to write to email@example.com
or visit our web page at:
MaccaSoft Development (http://www.maccasoft.com)
is proud to announce the release of Emerald Mail 1.00.
Emerald Mail is a 100% Java, multithreaded, Internet e-mail client. It has been
designed from the ground up for maximum configurablity and ease of use. Emerald
Mail features include: multiple account support, nested folders, mail filtering,
Emerald Mail supports both POP3 and SMTP servers. In addition, Emerald Mail is
a MIME compliant mail client. This means that attachments are handled transparently.
Emerald Mail also includes a powerful address manager. The creation of multiple
address books, the address manager allows you to classify your contacts in multiple
address books instead of dropping them all into one massive list.
Emerald Mail is a 100% Java software. This means that it can run on all Java
1.1.x platforms, including OS/2, Windows, Linux, SUN Solaris and others. All the
system files are named with the restrictive 8.3 (FAT) filename limitation so that
it is fully portable on any known filesystem. For example you can install Emerald
Mail on a FAT partition and share it between Windows and OS/2 without problems.
For more information and to download an evaluation version of this product, please
feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our web page at:
I have, a few days ago, started a web page listing OS/2 compatible notebooks
and vendors who sell notebooks with OS/2 preloaded at:
I need your input in order to make this page really useful. Please send me the
The mSQL 188.8.131.52 for OS/2 reached production status with the latest build (number
4) just released. You can download it from The mSQL PC Home Page at:
or from The OS/2 NetLabs at:
mSQL is a lightweight relational database server very popular as a back-end for
web sites. Third party support for Java, REXX and Sibyl is also available.
Recently, a new test was added to CHECKINI that could create problems if you
have multiple versions of OS/2 installed on a single PC.
The problems is caused if CHECKINI is run from an older version of OS/2 and runs
into folder of classes not supported by the older OS/2 version. CHECKINI can than
revert these folders to WPFOlder, causing problems for the newer version of OS/2.
CHECKINI has been modified to no longer run this test unless explicitely told
Ghostscript 5.50 and GSView 2.6 have been made available at the Aladdin website:
Ghostscript is a freeware postscript interpreter/converter that can be used to
generate Acrobat (PDF) documents under OS/2 and has many other uses. GSView is a
graphical document viewer which uses Ghostscript as its display engine.
GammaTech (http://www.gt-online.com) and
VOICE have made available an updated GTIRC 3.0 demo version and INI file which make
joining #voice IRC meetings as easy as typing your name.
Download the two files below. Unzip file #1 (GTIRC301.ZIP) into its own directory.
Next, copy file #2 (this new GTIRC.INI file) into that directory. When you start
the GTIRC demo, it will ask for your user information such as IRC nickname and then
automatically connect you to the #voice channel on the WEBBnet IRC network.
The two files you need are:
Note: If you are already a registered user of GTIRC, you should not copy
this new INI file over your old one as you will lose your current GTIRC settings,
This demo version of GTIRC is limited, so you are encouraged to evaluate it for
purchase of the full, unrestricted product. It is great for new IRC users to quickly
and easily attend VOICE meetings on Internet Relay Chat and provide them with a
stepping stone into the full spectrum of IRC -- and VOICE members receive a generous
discount on GTIRC registration. VOICE wish to thank GammaTech for their generous