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September 26, 1998

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

Ted Waldron III

September 26, 1998 Source:


I have been very busy with Warpstock, but I happened to stumble on some usenet postings on Warpstock and Tim Martin.


  1. 1. Tim Martin and Warp City were asked if they wanted to participate in Warpstock '98. Tim/Warp City declined to purchase a vendor table.
  2. 2. Tim Martin was asked to speak at Warpstock '98. Tim Martin declined. I am now, once again, asking: Please come and speak at Warpstock'98. Anything you like to talk about. Brad, Esther (and Bill), Trevor, Dan Porter, and others are going to be there, and I am sure that they will want to hear anything that you may wish to say. We have a number of presentations that are pure OS/2 advocacy, and we welcome all to give their own view.
  3. No one on the Warpstock'98 Team has a Warp City account. No one was offered one. I have been offered and accepted an CompuServe account, but I have not used it since I do have my own account, since I bought my first 1200 baud modem.
  4. We have posted copies of all Warpstock announcements to Warp City, and 32 Bits Online, along with comp.os.os2.announce, OS/2 E-Zine and elsewhere.
  5. Tim Sipples is also invited to speak/present on any topic he wishes. He knows this, he has been asked, he has not decided. He still has an admission ticket. I for one, would certainly like to hear about his new redbook. IMHO, anyone who feels that they shouldn't support Warpstock'98 is simply doing themselves, and the vendors at Warpstock, a disservice.
  6. Nowhere in the Western Hemisphere are there going to be more OS/2 users and Vendors than at Warpstock '98. Last year, the San Francisco OS/2 group came to Diamond Bar in a bus -- I challenge Warp City to come to Warpstock with two bus loads of people. If they do, manage at least one entire bus (60 people), I will give them a 20% discount on the tickets at the door. I think that finding 120 or so people out of 5,000 should be easy.

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 to Warpstock'98!

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! :-)

Stan Sidlov

Are YOU going to Warpstock'98?

September 25, 1998 Source:

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.

  1. download current page
  2. download images on current page
  3. download next level of pages
  4. download images
  5. download next level of pages etc...

Of course, when someone requests a page, you stop going down the unneccessary branchs.

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 basis.

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 **
3 Programs

OS/2 Software @
We try to please

September 25, 1998

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 (

September 25, 1998

IBM Mixes Latest OS/2 Messages, the most recent Sm@rt Reseller article by Esther Schindler, can be read at:,4538,2140718,00.html

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 (, 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.

September 25, 1998

IBM has released fixpak IP08407 for Warp Peer services. This fixpak superseeds IP08406. English-US version can be downloaded from:

September 25, 1998 Source: Per Johansson (

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.

September 25, 1998

The web-site of Team OS/2 Trier has moved (home of the famous OS/2 CDROM 'Team Trier Collection'). The old adress is no longer available. Please change your bookmarks to

You can contact us by

Dirk Riemekasten@2:2452/455.10

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Team OS/2 Trier, Herausgeber von Deutschlands einziger OS/2-CDROM "Team Trier Collection", ist umgezogen. Die alte URL ist nicht mehr gueltig. Bitte aendern Sie bestehende Links und Bookmarks auf

Desweiteren koennen Sie uns wie folgt kontaktieren:

Dirk Riemekasten@2:2452/455.10

September 25, 1998

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.

September 24, 1998 Source: Luc Van Bogaert (

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.

September 24, 1998

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:

September 24, 1998 Source: Eugen Kuleshov (

The Russian underground/2 site has changed hosts. It is now hosted on 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.

September 24, 1998 Source: John Buckley (

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 time allows!

Please could you put 'Partition Magic' in the subject line of your email.

September 24, 1998 Source: Timur Tabi (

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.

September 24, 1998

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 languages:


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 version 5.


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:

September 24, 1998

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:

September 24, 1998 Source: Walter Metcalf (

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

September 23, 1998

I've just uploaded a new, *SAFE* fixpack applicator to Hobbes ( It is called QuickFix and is currently in \pub\incoming as

During and since the beta tests I've made a couple of enhancements:

  1. There may be a problem with applying fixpacks from a disk which has a lot of free space. QuickFix will try not to park its files on a partition with more than 2gb free except as a last resort.
  2. QuickFix will attempt to detect prior, uncommitted fixpacks and leftover log files and will offer to clean up your system. (You don't *have* to say "yes"!)

September 23, 1998

There is now an Apache 1.3.2 OS/2 binary available:

September 23, 1998 Source: Steve Wendt (

Bad news from PowerQuest... considering PartitionMagic 1.0 was OS/2 only, this is rather disappointing.

==================BEGIN FORWARDED MESSAGE==================
>Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 12:34:37 -0600
>From: "Scott Jorgenson" <>
>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.

September 23, 1998

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.

September 23, 1998

Now in hobbes /incoming ( - 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

September 23, 1998

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.

September 23, 1998

In hobbes /incoming ( - xBaseJ Version 1.7.1

xBase database engine written entirely in Java.

Proposed directory for placement: pub/java/apps/database

Program URL:

September 21, 1998 Source: Leif-Erik Larsen (

The Larsen Commander Page has been updated with a few screenshots of the new and upcoming version. Point your browser to 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...

September 21, 1998

Object Desktop 2.0 EE beta 4 is available for paid testers:

Updates for Object Desktop 2.0 Beta 4.

Enhanced Folder

Object Navigator

Master Setup

Object Netscan

Virtual Desktop

Window Controls

Object Package

September 21, 1998

The following note was sent to the Xitami mailing list Monday, September 21, 1998.

Xitami is a free and easily configurable web server for many platforms, including OS/2. More info can be found at:

Security alert

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 '' 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.

Pieter Hintjens
iMatix Corporation

September 21, 1998

MaccaSoft Development ( 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 or visit our web page at:

September 21, 1998

MaccaSoft Development ( 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, MIME compliance.

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 or visit our web page at:

September 21, 1998 Source: Dr. Martin Senftleben (

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 following details:

September 20, 1998

The mSQL 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.

September 20, 1998

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 so.

Please see:

September 20, 1998

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.

September 20, 1998

GammaTech ( 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, servers, etc.

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 support.

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