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If you have any comments regarding articles or tips in this or any previous issue of the VOICE Newsletter, please send them to We are always interested in what our readers have to say.

October 5, 2002 - First we have a comment from Niels Jensen regarding a letter in last month's issue:
Dear Editor,

I read with interest the item about a printed version of the newsletter or other non-HTML formats. I have also have problems with printing articles in the past. However, this month I used the 1.2a release of the IBM Web Browser for printing, and had absolutely no problems with the right margin. Thus it appears, that Jason Stefanovich's theory about Netscape not formatting properly for print is correct.

With kind regards from Niels Jensen
Living Safely in Slangerup northwest of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jason R Stefanovich responds:

FWIW, This issue was brought up at Warpstock (not by me). Mike Kaply stated that they had corrected all known printing issues in the IBM browser, he could not speak for the previous NS 4.x releases. He also stressed that if you do find potential bugs with Mozilla or the IBM Web browser, then to please report them on Bugzilla <> or netscape.public.mozilla.os2 at <news://>. Include as much detail as possible, what OS version, what build level of the browser, the specific circumstances and reproducibility of the bug. Remember, they can't fix what they don't know about!

October 5, 2002 - Next Eduardo Vila-Echagüe asks about a possible update to Jason R Stefanovich's the Installation and Configuration of Software for the Sound Blaster Live! and 512 Sound under the OS/2 Operating System from the August 2001 issue:
Dear Mr. Stefanovich.

Some time ago I used your VOICE August 2001 article to set up my multimedia software, using Sound Blaster Live, with complete success.

But when a few days ago I installed the new IBM UNIAUD driver, the settings were gone, and I was left with only .WAV playing capability. My question is if your instructions are still valid for the new driver. My knowledge of multimedia is very basic, but in the multimedia setup object I see an UNIAUD Midi2 tab, which was not present before. Also the MMCHECK showed some errors.

Do you plan an update of your article? I am sure that your original one was very useful for the OS/2 community.


Eduardo Vila-Echagüe
Santiago, Chile

Hello Eduardo,

No, my instructions are not valid for the new UniAud drivers which IBM and Innotek have produced based upon the Linux AlSA driver sources. Conversations with other users since this driver has been released seem to show that, anecdotally, the IBM driver has no advantages over the Netlabs driver for SBLive! users. So, at this point I would recommend staying with the Net labs driver until such time as it's shown that the IBM driver has some advantage over it.


Jason R Stefanovich

October 12, 2002 - Finally here is a bit of news from the original author of DrDialog in regard to Thomas Klein's series on DrDialog which began two month's ago:
Just wanted to drop you a note and mention how much I enjoyed reading your article on DrDialog. In case, my name doesn't ring a bell, I am the original author of DrDialog :-)

I'm no longer with IBM, and don't have any systems running OS/2 any more (sigh), but I still get some satisfaction knowing that people are still using it. I often look back fondly on the time that I spent developing DrDialog .

During its peak, when I was actively developing DrDialog (and it was still just an internal IBM tool), there were several thousand developers inside IBM using it, with a very active mailing list. It was the active community that motivated me to continue to improve and expand DrDialog. For a while, there used to be a new release every one or two weeks.

If you at are all curious, you might also enjoy visiting my personal web site (, where I have chronicled some of the projects I have worked on (including DrDialog).

Any way, I just wanted to say hello and keep up the good work. If you write any more articles in the series, please drop me a note...

Best regards,

Dave Morrill

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