April 16, 2002
Robert Basler is the president of
Aurora Systems, Inc.
and has been a dedicated OS/2 user since he tired of rebooting Windows 3.1 twenty times a day.
He spends what free time he can manage travelling the world. Photo was taken at Franz Josef
glacier, New Zealand.
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From The Editor
Things have still been pretty busy for me this last month. I've seen some pretty cool OS/2 stuff, but I haven't had
the time to write anything about them. I spent quite a bit of time with PHP, Apache and MySQL on OS/2 setting up
a bug-tracking database application for a company I am contracting to. That was a useful learning experience and
it is surprising what cool web-based applications you can produce with those free tools and a little bit of research.
Hopefully I can share a little how-to knowledge on the topic in the near future. I also spent a few hours with
Virtual PC for OS/2 (see below). If you're doing a cool OS/2 project of your own, we'd like to hear about it. Writing
for the eZine is pretty easy, the details are here.
OS/2 File System Shootout
Michal Necasek has written an interesting article
comparing OS/2 file systems. This is some surprising reading and well worth the time. Time to pack up those old
Virtual PC for OS/2 Ships
A review copy of Virtual PC came in a few days ago and so far I quite like it. I've installed Windows XP and Office XP into
it and so far so good. I'll have a full review next month, but if you want more info now, you can
read about it (PDF) at
I upgraded from TCP/IP 4.1 to 4.3 this morning. The difference in performance is absolutely staggering. Web pages now
blink up consistently, where I used to wait........ a lot. It looks like they have greatly improved DNS lookups, but in
any case, I am amazed. If you haven't taken the plunge, it is highly recommended.
Apache 2.0 for OS/2 Released
The Apache Foundation officially released Apache 2.0 on April 5th (the
version is actually 2.0.35) and an OS/2 port is available. This new release reorganizes a great deal of code and
makes a number of improvements in the areas of reliability and performance.
Get it here
and information on setting it up at the Apache for OS/2 v2.0 site.
Nethack for OS/2
If you're looking for a dungeon crawl and aren't intimidated by ASCII graphics, you might want to look at the latest
Nethack version 3.4.0.
Here's a Gamespot review
of Nethack for the unfamiliar.
IBM Web Browser for OS/2 V1.2
IBM has upgraded their Mozilla based browser again, if you have a Software Choice subscription you can get it
Java Movie Database on OS/2
If you're into movies, you've probably discovered the Internet Movie Database
which has reviews and information on a massive number of movies. Now you can bring that database to your OS/2
PC with a slick Java application which allows you to use that database even while offline. Check out the
Java Movie Database, here's a
Fixpack 2 for eComStation
Fixpack 2 for eComStation (same as CP2 or FP16 for Warp 4) is available at www.ecomstation.com.
The complete fixpack contains 8 files and may be installed using eCS Fixtool 1.09. This update will bring your
kernel to version 14.088.
Peter Moylan has released a new version of the Weasel mail server. You can find it
here or on Hobbes.
This new version fixes an incompatibility with Warp 3 and makes outgoing mail much faster. I've been running it
for a couple of weeks, and like previous versions, it just works, day in and day out.
Website of the Month
The website of the month is DVD Easter Eggs
which has a wide variety of easter eggs from over 600 DVD titles. It tells you about bonus "easter egg" features
on all your favourite DVD's. I particularly enjoyed finding out about the hidden gag reel on the Star Wars Episode I:
The Phantom Menace DVD and watching two Lord of the Rings trailers hidden on Rush Hour 2.
Doug Clark is back with a trio of articles, one on Watchcat, a very interesting feature on installable file systems,
and the final installment of the ODBC series. In the "integrating platform" department, James Cannon finds some
Windows 3.1 software to share with your kids and John Bijnens looks at a DOS movie player.
We'd also like to welcome a new writer, Brent R. Scott, who brings us an article on Perl on OS/2.
March Issue Prizes
Thanks to our sponsors last month, Dan Eicher got a copy of Pete Grubbs' new album. Congratulations to our winning
writer and thanks to our sponsor for his contribution last month.
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