by Gary Wong
The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.3a as of 12/13/2002. This
is an update to WarpZilla 0.9.2 that Dave Watson demoed at the July 2001
SCOUG general meeting, was mentioned in the May 2002
Mr. Know-It-All, and
was demoed by Steven Levine at the Sept. 2002 SCOUG general meeting.
Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.3a/.
There are 2 files (take your pick):
More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.
- mozilla-os2-1.3a-installer.exe (now a self-extracting executable/installer).
- mozilla-os2-1.3a.zip (you must unzip it yourself into a directory)
- Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at
- Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
- MozTweak version 1.2 has been released as of 12/03/2002. This is a
GUI tool for modifying hidden Mozilla preferences. Go to
DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at
version 5.09 as of 01/02/2003. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and
recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It now includes some JFS and
LVM support. With this version, it can now replace LVM.EXE and VCU.EXE
to create & modify compatibility volumes. Go to
http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee.htm, or use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at
NOTE: DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys
SciTech has released SNAP Graphics version 2.1.1 RC1 as of 12/19/2002.
One important change is that the driver will now be installed into the
x:\OS2\DRIVERS\SNAP sub-directory instead of the x:\OS2\DRIVERS\NUCLEUS
sub-directory (x is your OS/2 boot drive). Therefore, if you upgrade
from a previous version of SNAP Graphics, either uninstall the previous
version first, or else remove the \OS2\DRIVERS\NUCLEUS sub-directory.
Other changes are: improved support for ATI Radeons and some other ATI
chipsets; the latest version (B.095) of the IBM GRADD components, etc.
The list of changes in this beta is at
http://www.scitechsoft.com/snap2_changes.txt; the driver and README is
The eComStation Maintenance Tool is now at version 1.11.4 as of 12/09/2002.
Be sure to get the latest language files as well. Go to
http://www.ecomstation.com (HOWEVER: You must be a registered user of eComStation to download).
The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3
player. Go to http://www.os2ecs.net/neptune/history4.shtml. (NOTE: There are more entries in their "catalog"; also the URL is different
from what I had last month).
JAlbum version 3.0 has been released as of 12/28/2002. This is a web
photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3, which means you need a
current Software Choice subscription or eComStation. Go to
The Tamarack TC9021 Ethernet driver is now at version 1.03 as of
12/08/2002. Use search key tc902x on Hobbes.
The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.10. This is a command-
line compression utility, with tight general and multimedia
compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR archives,
RCVT (aRchive ConVersion Tool), and more. Go to
UpdCD version 2.3 has been released as of 12/18/2002. It can be used
to update the base Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation
files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation
diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in combination with these
diskettes to create new installations of OS/2 which already incorporate
the FixPaks and other software. Go to
Amouse version 2.2 beta has been updated as of 01/01/2003. USB support
has now been added, along with improved Logitech support. This is a
scroll mouse device driver that works better on some wheel mice than
IBM's driver. There is also a widget for XCenter available. Go to http://www.nbsoftware.de/sw_ms2ben.htm.
jSyncManager has been updated as of 12/10/2002. It is the most popular
Palm handheld sync solution for Java. Go to
This month's new listings - Drivers:
BTTV version 0.03 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 01/03/2003.
It is a port of the Linux BTTV driver, with radio and TV working.
Included is a small radio application, a small TV application, and the
source is available (along with a LXAPI32 support driver for porting
Linux drivers). Go to http://www.nord-com.net/s.milcke/bttv_en.htm.
NOTE: This should be considered a beta driver.
IBM has updated as of 12/09/2002 the BIOS for the ThinkPad T23. Go to ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/mobiles/spsd1a59.exe.
IBM has updated as of 01/03/2002 the Embedded Controller Program for
the ThinkPad T23. It fixes a problem where the battery may not charge
while the ThinkPad T23 is powered off, or the ThinkPad T23 may not wake
from suspend during battery operation. Go to ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/mobiles/embc1d21.exe.
IBM has updated as of 12/19/2002 the Embedded Controller Program for
the ThinkPad T30. It fixes a problem where the battery may not charge
while the ThinkPad T30 is powered off. Go to ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/mobiles/embd1i15.exe.
IBM has updated the USB Mass Storage Device Driver as of 12/10/2002.
It provides OS/2 support for USB mass storage devices that meet the USB
1.0 or 1.1 specification and the USB Mass Storage 1.0 specification.
Examples of supported USB mass storage devices include diskette drives,
Zip drives, CD-ROM drives, LS-120 drives, and flash memory keys.
- You must be a current Software Choice subscriber to download.
- You must have the USB Basic Device Support drivers installed.
- 3) If you did not install Base Device Driver FixPak 3, then you must
install the IDEDASD Support package at http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/idedasd.exe.
- Download the USB Mass Storage driver at http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/usbstor.exe.
Drivers for the Creative Labs Soundblaster AWE32/64 (ISA) and the
Soundblaster 16/VIBRA (ISA) sound cards were released as of 12/19/2002.
These drivers have been repackaged for installation via MINSTALL. Use
search key soundblaster on Hobbes.
DaniS506 version 1.6.1 has been released as of 01/02/2003. This is the
replacement for IBM's IBM1S506 EIDE driver, which features support for
many chipsets, PCCard controllers, busmastering, Ultra33-DMA, Ultra
ATA-66, Ultra ATA-100, faster PIO due to 32-bit I/O, and much more.
Use search key danis on Hobbes.
- I tried it on one of my home machines (a PII-400 with Intel
SE440BX-2 motherboard) and it hung trying to load, so I had to
revert back to version 1.5.2. Your mileage may vary; Steve Wendt
also reports that others have had problems with this version.
- If you use DaniBoot version 1.0 in conjunction with DaniS506, you
need to upgrade DaniBoot to version 1.0.2 (see below).
DaniBoot version 1.0.2 has been released as of 12/25/2002. This is a
CD boot filter driver which allows OS/2 to boot from a CD. Use search
key daniboot on Hobbes.
DaniATAPI version 0.3.13 has been released as of 12/25/2002. It is a
replacement for IBM's ATAPI drivers (IBMIDECD, IBMATAPI, PCM2ATA.ADD,
and OS2PCARD.DMD). It includes support for Zip-250 drives, including
full media swapping, and even booting from Zip drives. It has better
32-bit PIO when combined with DANIS506.ADD (see above), and devices can
be used as SCSI, for use with programs like CDRecord or RSJ CD-Writer.
Use search key dania on Hobbes.
This month's new listings - Applications:
The WarpZilla team has released Phoenix 0.5 as of 12/10/2002. It is a
stripped-down version of Mozilla that does not include mail, news, IRC,
composer, etc. Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/phoenix/releases/0.5/.
The file is phoenix-0.5-os2.zip (this is NOT a self-extracting file;
you will need to manually unzip it into a new directory). Also, go to
important installation information.
If you have the Upgrade Protection feature of eComStation, eComStation
version 1.1 release candidate 1 is now available as of 12/31/2002. It
is approximately 500MB in size, and is a fairly complete release,
except for some glitches in desktop cleanup at the end of the
installation. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/.
CBIRC was released as of 12/03/2002. It is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
client (the CB is the author's initials). It is written in Java; the
author recommends Java 1.3.1 with Java Web Start (which means you need
a current Software Choice subscription or eComStation). Go to
WarpVision was updated on 12/29/2002. It is a player for DivX3/DivX4
format video streams, with MP3/AC3 audio. The latest version has a nice
GUI interface, and no longer uses Odin and Win32 codecs. Go to
- There are downloadable "skins" available at
- There is also a command-line (12/20/2002) version of WarpVision
- According to the author, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating
from a previous version of WarpVision.
An alpha version of XFree86/OS2, version 184.108.40.206 has been released as
of 11/28/2002. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/xfree86/. The stable
version of XFree86/OS2 is version 3.3.6, available at
Preferential version 0.4 has been released as of 12/12/2002. This is
an add-on for Mozilla that gives you a tree with access to all of the
preferences, including those that are not normally exposed. Go to http://preferential.mozdev.org/installation.html.
New builds of Odin are available as of 12/06/2002. There are release
builds and debug builds available; also these builds are available as
zip files or WPI format for installation via WarpIN. Go to
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/odin/weekly/ for the WarpIN builds, or
ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/odin/daily/ for the zip file builds.
NewView version 2.0.25 was released as of 12/10/2002. This is a
replacement for VIEW.EXE that comes with OS/2 to view .INF and .HLP
files. Improvements include a new user interface, remember size &
position, select and copy from the window, and more. Use search key
newview on Hobbes, or go to
MP3Gain version 1.31/2a was released as of 12/07/2002. It is a
powerful utility to modify the loudness of MP3 files automatically to
one common level. Go to http://www.maazl.de/project/mp3/mp3gain.html.
ZOC version 4.10 has been released as of 12/20/2002. It is an award-
winning telnet, secure shell (SSH), rlogin, modem, and ISDN communications
program. Go to http://www.emtec.com/zoc/.
eBayWatch/2 version 1.09g2 was released. As the name implies, it is an
eBay auction management tool. Go to http://www.eclipse.net/~knkrchnr/.
cdrtools/2 version 2.0 was released as of 12/26/2002. This contains
cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. You can burn single-session,
multi-session, or audio CD's. Use search key cdrtools on Hobbes.
Open Watcom, which has been featured at several recent SCOUG meetings,
is now at version 0.9.5 as of 12/20/2002. This is an open-source
release of the Watcom compiler. Harry Chris Motin carefully took us
through download and installation issues in March 2002; read it at
scoug204.watcom.html. Michal Necasek, our June 2002 co-presenter, has an article describing how to set up Open Watcom at http://pages.prodigy.net/michaln/os2/Watcom11c.html. Go to ftp://ftp.openwatcom.org/watcom/openwatcom/ to download.
SysBar/2, which was part of Gary Granat's series on "Seeking Ways to
Get Rid of System Bloat", is now at version 0.21 as of 01/03/2003.
It contains a task switcher, a named pipe monitor, and also contains a
clock/calendar window and a miniature CD player. Source is also
available. Use search key sbr2 on Hobbes.
WaveCut beta 10 was released as of 12/29/2002. This is a wave player
and cutter with RSJ support, integration with Normalize, and fast
cutting with Copywave. The documentation is currently only in German,
but the program should be self-explanatory. Go to
http://subsys.de/index2.htm. NOTE: You will also find some other utilities/applications at this site, including a couple that work with Mesa 2 version 2.2.
Polarbar Mailer version 1.24c was released as of 12/31/2002. This Java
e-mail program came from decompiling the last released version of
JStreet Mailer, and permission was obtained from Innoval to continue
the development. Go to http://www.polarbar.org/.
AutoScroll has been updated as of 12/27/2002. This is an add-on for
Mozilla and Phoenix that allows auto-scrolling functionality similar to
HotScroll and XWorkplace. If you are not familiar with this, when you
middle-click on a page, you can then move the mouse up and down to
have the page scroll. Go to http://autoscroll.mozdev.org/.
WarpGoGo version 1.10 was released as of 12/26/2002. This is a MP3
encoder with a graphical interface. Go to http://www.os2.cz/ed2/.
GoGo (not to be confused with WarpGoGo above) is now at version 3.11 as
of 12/23/2002. This is a very fast MP3 encoder based on LAME. Use
search key gogo on Hobbes.
JPhotoBrush version 2.3 was released as of 12/25/2002. This is an
image editing and enhancement application/tool written in Java 1.3,
making extensive use of Swing and Java2D. NOTE: due to the requirement
of Java 1.3, this means you need a current Software Choice subscription
or eComStation. Go to http://www.tanveer.freeservers.com/programming/JPhotoBrush.htm.
gX version 0.2 was released as of 12/20/2002. This is a native 32-bit
XML editor and parser for OS/2; it can do full validation and SGML
compatibility checking. The editor uses document type definitions to
provide guidance in authoring correct documents. For example, use it
to create HTML 4.0 documents, or DocBook books and articles. Use search
key gx- on Hobbes.
Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let
Special thanks to SCOUG's Dallas Legan for writing a
handy REXX script to convert URLs in a text file into HTML tags. It's much appreciated!
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