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October 2000


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by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

IBM has released an update for Java 1.1.8 as of 08/31/2000. Go to ftp://ftp.hursley.ibm.com/pub/java/fixes/os2/11/118/. According to Klaus Staedtler (staedtler-przyborski@web.de), this update fixes the bugs introduced with the 08/25/2000 update to Java 1.1.8 (some keyboard problems). WARNING: Someone on WarpCast said that if you download the OS2JRE.EXE file and install it (as opposed to RUNTIME.EXE), it will disable Java applications in Netscape 4.61 with a message "unsupported Java version." OS2JRE.EXE when installed, unpacks into a directory called JRE11 instead of JAVA11 as previous versions did. (I have not verified this; you can e-mail Robert Gammon (rgammon51@pdq.net) for more details).

IBM has released on 09/06/2000 another fix for Warp 4 FixPak 14. It is at ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/v4warp/english-us/xr_m014/. The file is KRNL0905.ZIP, and the readme file is KRNL0905.TXT.

IBM has released on 09/06/2000 a fix for JFS (Journaled File System) for Warp Server for e-Business. Go to ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/v4.5warp. The file is JFS0905.ZIP, and the readme is JFS0905.TXT.

Chris Graham has released the 17th CSD for The Graham Utilities for OS/2 version 2.00 as of 08/30/2000. This CSD is cumulative, and makes the version number 2.10.7 as a result. A new feature added is the Task Manager. Go to http://www.warpspeed.com.au/u-warp.htm. He reports that the CSD can be applied not only manually, but also via IBM's RSU method, or for Warp 3 users, via the "Retrieve Software Updates" method (which was the way to update parts of the Internet Access Kit).

MR/2 ICE has been updated as of 08/28/2000 to version 2.20a. Go to http://nick.secant.com/mr2ice.htm.

Daniela Engert has released DaniS506 version 1.3.3 and DaniATAPI version 0.3.2 as of 09/05/2000. Use search keys danis & dania on Hobbes, respectively.

The program UpdCD (a.k.a. cdupd) was updated to version 0.8 as of 10/01/2000. It now has support for Netware Requester 2.12, Warp Server for e-Business FixPak 1, Warp 4 FixPak 14, Device Driver FixPak 2, fixed a bug with TCP/IP FixPak UN_0980, and the installation CD-ROM created by this program can be made bootable. With UpdCD you can incorporate public FixPaks into your Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation CD. This allows you to install a Y2K-compliant Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business on systems with large hard disks right from this CD. Look for updcd08.zip on Hobbes, or go to http://xenia.sote.hu/~kadzsol/rexx/sajat/updcd.htm.

For those of you who like to play with alpha or beta versions of software, daily builds of Mozilla/Warpzilla (the successor to Netscape 4.61) are now available at ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/warpzilla. NOTE: you should download the zip file containing the builds to a HPFS drive as the name is quite long. Information on Mozilla is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/; a link to lists of known bugs is at this site.

Java Pilot Desktop, a Java program for interfacing with the Palm Pilot, has been updated as of 09/14/2000 to version 0.950. Go to http://www.ctag.de/projects/jpd/.


This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has released as of 09/14/2000 the universal Device Driver FixPak 2. (It was refreshed on 09/21/2000 due to MMOS2 not being serviced). It requires at least FixPak 32 for Warp 3 or FixPak 5 for Warp 4. Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/ddpak/xr_d002. According to Steve Wendt, there are a handful of problems that still occur: go to http://www.os2bbs.com:80/os2news for details; by the time you read this, you may have to click on the "More News" link to read the documented problems.

Amouse is a scroll mouse device driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. Go to http://home.t-online.de/home/klaus.breining/software.htm.

Ray Gwinn has resumed work on the beta of SIO version 2. The beta is now at level 009B as of 09/17/2000. Go to http://www.gwinn.com/. The GA version of SIO is at version 1.60d (as of 03/17/1997).

There is now OS/2 drivers for SCSI cards made by a company called Dawicontrol. The drivers are revision 4.21 as of 09/21/2000. Go to http://www.dawicontrol.com/english/html/framee.htm.


This month's new listings - Applications:

The InJoy PPPoE Client version 1.0 has been released as of 09/01/2000. This PPP over Ethernet client supports multiple ISP profiles, text and PM user interfaces, customizable monitoring of the link and bandwith utilization, connect and disconnect manually or on-demand, and more. Go to http://www.fx.dk/pppoe/.

A refresh of Netscape Communicator 4.61 with strong encryption is now available as of 09/07/2000. Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/netscape461/english-us. For more information on what has been fixed in this release, go to Steve Wendt's Communicator Bug-Tracker page at http://www.os2bbs.com:80/os2news/Communicator.html.

NewView version 1.17.15 has been released as of 09/17/2000. It is a rewrite of VIEW.EXE that comes with Warp 4. It reads .INF and .HLP files. Improvements include a new user interface, remember size and position, select and copy from the window, and more. Use search key newview on Hobbes.

PM123 version 1.1 beta 2 has been released as of 09/04/2000. It is a MP3, .WAV, and CD Audio player. Some of the features include sharing of the sound card, playlist with drag/drop support, HTTP streaming, and the use of "skins" (including some cool WinAmp skins) to change the program's look. Go to http://www.cam.org/~guardia/pm123.html. The skins are at http://www.teamos2.sci.fi/pm123/skins/.

Cinema version 0.2.6 has been released as of 09/14/2000. It is a TV application and needs the Hauppage WinCast TV card plus the WCAST.ZIP driver (available from http://www.os2tv.com/downloads.phtml). Go to http://www.ctlab.de. NOTE: it is currently only available in German.

DSK4PM version 1.61 has been released as of 09/12/2000. It is a PM utility to build diskettes from IBM's *.DSK images. Go to http://dvalot.free.fr/emtcopy.htm.

LAME version 3.86 has been released as of 09/10/2000. It is an MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key lame on Hobbes.

InnoTek has released as of 08/30/2000 Macromedia Flash Plugin Release 1. This is what Dave Watson demoed during the July General Interest Group. Go to http://www.innotek.de/flash/.

For those of you who use Mesa 2 version 2.3; there is a utility with the interesting name of Tequila (version 1.0 as of 09/17/2000). The program is e-mailware. Go to http://www.subsys.de/index2.htm. It features:

  1. Auto-filter for rows and columns
  2. Precise sizing of rows and columns
  3. Advanced zoom function

Computer Data Strategies has released on 09/23/2000 updates for Back Again/2000. The updates make the version number 2.10d. Go to http://www.cds-inc.com/techsprt/ba2ktech.html.

An OS/2 port of cdrdao version 1.1.4 alpha 2 has been released as of 09/22/2000. It is a free CD-R/RW writing program for Disk At Once mode. Use search key cdrdao on Hobbes. An older port (version 1.1.3) is at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Sector/5785/cdrdao/cdrdaomain.htm.

An OS/2 port of cdrecord version 1.10a04 is available as of 09/29/2000. It can burn single-session, multi-session, or audio CD's. Use search key cdrec on Hobbes. An older port (version 1.9a02) is at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Sector/5785/cdrecord/cdrecordmain.htm.

Daniela Engert has updated as of 09/20/2000 a patch to OS2LDR that fixes the OS/2 >64MB memory detection defect found with recent BIOSes. Use search key patchldr on Hobbes.

ZOC version 3.15 has been released as of 09/29/2000. It is an award-winning Telnet, secure shell (SSH), rlogin, modem, and ISDN communications program. Go to http://www.emtec.com/zoc/.


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