The President's Message
by Tony Butka
Our August presentation of Odin (thank you Steven, for a super job), brought home one of those ugly truths about being spoiled. When I asked a question about trying to install Adobe Acrobat 4 using Odin and not being successful, Steven asked what I did when the install didn't work -- my answer was that basically I gave up and moved on. I didn't note the error message that I got, I didn't post anything to a news group, and I didn't wait for another build of Odin. I just said to heck with 'it' and gave up on Odin.
Sigh. Judging from the laughter in the room, I am far from the only one to use such an experience as an excuse for not sticking with Project Odin, one of the most exciting programming efforts to come down the OS/2 pipe in a long time.
It took the user group presentation to remind me that, if the program in question (pick your own 'biggie' program that is the reason that you use that 'other' operating system) is really so important to me, why wouldn't I take the time to seriously try and get the sucker to run under Warp? I'm afraid that the answer for me is that I'm plain spoiled by install programs that get everything running automatically; if they don't, then I stop trying. Anyhow, I'm going to make a special effort to do Acrobat using Odin, and if any of you get another program going that took a bit of time, let me know so we can share the information with everyone.
Speaking of sharing...
Oh yes, September is our SCOUG anniversary, and we're pulling out all the stops. The future of OS/2 is here and now, and to prove it we're going to be installing eComStation, Warp Server for e-Business, and a Convenience Pak -- all new OS/2 builds, all available for sale, and all shipping as we speak. Not bad for a 'dead' operating system. Oh yeah, it also won't halt your operating system if you install or remove software, either, unlike XP.
Make sure you join us for the fun, and the free coffee & donuts, and the cake. Did I mention that we're giving away a brand new in the box Xerox DocuPrint C20? And a bunch more besides.
Thanks, and see you next month. As always, if you have questions, suggestions, or want to contribute an article, just write me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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