The Chronicles of John Ominor- by John Ominor, The Inhuman

The time of March Madness is upon the world, but instead of taking the shape of millions of couch potatoes glued to their televisions watching collegiate basketball, it takes the shape of recent upheavals in the OS/2 and Windows worlds.

I am John Ominor, The Inhuman.

First, there was the initially disturbing news that Timur Tabi is leaving IBM in search of greener pastures. His quest has brought him to Crystal Semiconductors. Ominor quickly dispatched a Servitor to question Servitor Tabi on the possible repercussions of this departure on OS/2 device driver development. Servitor Tabi believes that life will indeed go on, no doubt at a lower level since Servitor Tabi's destiny is to master device driver programming to a degree without peer.

Excellent, Mr. Tabi. The Inhuman respects your dedication.

Servitor Tabi has further stated that only two individuals will continue his grand work. This causes concern to some who fail to understand how two individuals can maintain and enhance Timur's work. Do not fear. John Ominor knows with an unparalleled certainty that once the major foundations of even a large software project are laid down, software bug fixes and enhancements can be achieved with a much smaller effort.

In addition, one of OS/2's own now lies in wait under the skin of a major sound card player. As an example of how Mr. Tabi will prove useful, consider how invaluable Martin Warnett's efforts at Netscape Corporation have been. He, in order to remain worthy of The Inhuman's continued favor, keeps the OS/2 community abreast of developments within Netscape to show that Netscape truly has OS/2's best interest at heart.

SAMS, in a move that defies belief, has decided to cancel the upcoming OS/2 Warp 4.0 Unleashed. All Ominor's servitors should, as soon as possible, send electronic messages stating that there are many of us who are eagerly waiting to purchase OS/2 Warp 4.0 Unleashed and that they should change their minds. Remember though, my legions, those outside of OS/2 have thin skins. Tread lightly. Perhaps a statement that it would please The Inhuman to see this book would help. Exploit the multitasking power of OS/2, take several minutes, and send mail to Cari Skaggs and Jeff Koch. Do it now, then continue to absorb my wisdom.

It intrigues The Inhuman to no end how some fail to see the greater picture. One rather notorious Windows advocate who plagues the comp.os.os2.advocacy likened Creative Labs' recent move to that of a sinking ship.


It is a pity that currently, Creative Labs engages in such half-witted behavior, but in the end, their actions will be proven irrelevant. Remember, one of the world's largest software developers, Microsoft, does not develop for OS/2 Warp. Yet, millions of OS/2 users still manage to accomplish a great deal. Ominor, himself, currently utilizes a Sound Blaster 16 Plug and Play sound card and, despite Creative Labs, it continues to function.

"But what about their new AWE64 cards, almighty Ominor?"

What about them? The same wails of doom were uttered when Creative Labs adopted Plug and Play technology, and behold, OS/2 Warp 4.0 was ready. Sound Blaster may be the de facto standard in the industry, but there are many cards available. Take advantage of them.

The Inhuman will take a moment to express his satisfaction with the recent release of FixPak 1 from IBM. The install, using the automatic installation facility was near-flawless. The program failed to completely remove the FixPak files, but otherwise, all is functioning perfectly. Most impressive.

John Ominor would be remiss if he did not mention, at least in passing, the plague of security problems currently attacking Windows 95 and even the mighty Windows NT. Imagine, the supposedly C-2 secure Windows NT 4.0, compromised by a simple web browser. And now, it has been reported that if one uses the Netscape Navigator for an electronic mail client with the Shockwave plug-in installed, an unethical individual can retrieve mail from your system. Even deleted mail. Even from behind the protective walls of a firewall. That is if you have any files left after the Internet Explorer bug finishes "realigning" your system.

Most amusing. Though not more amusing than Microsoft's attempt to call attention to Java's recent "evil" bytecode bug that all, save Microsoft, believe that few individuals could exploit. Or their stating that their woes are indicative of the Internet industry.

Finally, one of the members of has decided to relieve himself of OS/2 Warp 4.0 and join the Windows NT world due to so-called attacks made against him by other OS/2 users. This constant infighting is beginning to bore The Inhuman, especially unprovoked attacks made against those that John Ominor finds worthy. The Inhuman must insist that it stop. Now. Surely, the considerable energies of can be channeled into more productive conduits. Ominor, himself, frequents the home page, but control and civility must be reestablished.

If any do not agree, by all means, feel free to engage The Inhuman in the realm of Cyberspace, itself.

The origins and current plans of Ominor are known only to Ominor. He is indeed a mystery to all. Save The Inhuman.

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