16 June 2001
Robert Basler is the president of Aurora Systems, Inc.
and a dedicated OS/2 user since he tired of rebooting Windows 3.1 twenty times a day.
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From The Editor
PPWizard is Back in Action
Starting with this issue, the OS/2 eZine is once again
produced using PPWizard. Contrary to what it
might sound like, PP stands for PreProcessing. PPWizard is an HTML
preprocessing tool designed to make producing websites a whole lot easier by allowing you to separate your
content from your layout. It is also programmable using easy to learn REXX syntax so you can make scripts to
do tasks as complicated as you like.
Once the articles are edited, producing a new issue of the OS/2 eZine including
ZIPs and printer-friendly versions now takes just a single command and about 30 seconds. To set up the eZine to do
this took a little more time, but no more than it would have taken to lay the issue out by hand, so overall I'm a long way ahead.
If you have a site where you have to change 20 files every time you change your layout, PPWizard is for you. Figuring
out how to use it wasn't too difficult, in fact, the new OS/2 eZine is based on one sample from the documentation:
Importing fields into 3 HTML documents.
plus there are some articles in the back issues of the OS/2 eZine that cover some of the basics.
To say I'm spectacularly amazed at how well this works is an understatement. Now I just have to figure out how to
automatically edit the articles and upload them to the OS/2 eZine servers.
OS/2 Warp 4 in Virtual PC
Connectix has released Virtual PC Technology Preview 2 for Windows, the
interesting thing about it is that it will run OS/2 Warp. You can print, network, cruise the web, even watch videos and run WinOS/2.
Ed Deans is talking about this on Stardock's News Server
Note that VPC is not yet compatible with FP15 or any Warp 4.5 version due to a bug in VPC which has been fixed but not
yet released. This is good news for the folks that were disappointed when vmware
dropped development of OS/2 as a guest OS in their product.
[Thanks to Ed Deans for the screenshot. Click image to view full size.]
A Tip for SMP Users
If you're a user of an SMP version of OS/2, you might be interested in the utility
P6K7MTRR_V006.ZIP. If you have
ever noticed that DIVE runs fast, then slow then fast and so on, this is because write combining is only enabled for one
CPU. This driver allows you to enable write combining for all CPU's and makes DIVE fast and
Stellar Frontier 1.0 Released
Stardock's last OS/2 project, Stellar Frontier 1.0
has finally been released. Stellar Frontier is an online multiplayer 2D scrolling space
shooter with some very attractive graphics. There are two versions: a free version, or if you prefer to support the
game's development, you can join the Admiral's club and get instant access to better ships and weapons. If you
purchased the CD version of Stellar Frontier back in 1997-98 and want a CD, please
update your contact information at Stardock's website.
[Thanks to Stardock for the screenshot. Click to view full size.]
Cool Website of the Month
If you've ever felt confused about the myriad of fixes, updates and new features available for OS/2 and its many components,
Oliver Rick's WarpUpdates site is the solution you've been
looking for. Maybe one day IBM will combine the TCPIP and networking updates, fixpacks, device driver fixpacks and more to
make one easy to apply super-fixpack but until then, this is the place to go to figure out what you need.
Unfortunately there won't be an Into Java column this month. Simon has been quite sick, but he's feeling better and will
be back next month.
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