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October 2000


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

IBM has released an update for Java 1.1.8 as of 08/31/2000. Go to According to Klaus Staedtler (, this update fixes the bugs introduced with the 08/25/2000 update to Java 1.1.8 (some keyboard problems). WARNING: Someone on WarpCast said that if you download the OS2JRE.EXE file and install it (as opposed to RUNTIME.EXE), it will disable Java applications in Netscape 4.61 with a message "unsupported Java version." OS2JRE.EXE when installed, unpacks into a directory called JRE11 instead of JAVA11 as previous versions did. (I have not verified this; you can e-mail Robert Gammon ( for more details).

IBM has released on 09/06/2000 another fix for Warp 4 FixPak 14. It is at The file is KRNL0905.ZIP, and the readme file is KRNL0905.TXT.

IBM has released on 09/06/2000 a fix for JFS (Journaled File System) for Warp Server for e-Business. Go to The file is JFS0905.ZIP, and the readme is JFS0905.TXT.

Chris Graham has released the 17th CSD for The Graham Utilities for OS/2 version 2.00 as of 08/30/2000. This CSD is cumulative, and makes the version number 2.10.7 as a result. A new feature added is the Task Manager. Go to He reports that the CSD can be applied not only manually, but also via IBM's RSU method, or for Warp 3 users, via the "Retrieve Software Updates" method (which was the way to update parts of the Internet Access Kit).

MR/2 ICE has been updated as of 08/28/2000 to version 2.20a. Go to

Daniela Engert has released DaniS506 version 1.3.3 and DaniATAPI version 0.3.2 as of 09/05/2000. Use search keys danis & dania on Hobbes, respectively.

The program UpdCD (a.k.a. cdupd) was updated to version 0.8 as of 10/01/2000. It now has support for Netware Requester 2.12, Warp Server for e-Business FixPak 1, Warp 4 FixPak 14, Device Driver FixPak 2, fixed a bug with TCP/IP FixPak UN_0980, and the installation CD-ROM created by this program can be made bootable. With UpdCD you can incorporate public FixPaks into your Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation CD. This allows you to install a Y2K-compliant Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business on systems with large hard disks right from this CD. Look for on Hobbes, or go to

For those of you who like to play with alpha or beta versions of software, daily builds of Mozilla/Warpzilla (the successor to Netscape 4.61) are now available at NOTE: you should download the zip file containing the builds to a HPFS drive as the name is quite long. Information on Mozilla is at; a link to lists of known bugs is at this site.

Java Pilot Desktop, a Java program for interfacing with the Palm Pilot, has been updated as of 09/14/2000 to version 0.950. Go to

This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has released as of 09/14/2000 the universal Device Driver FixPak 2. (It was refreshed on 09/21/2000 due to MMOS2 not being serviced). It requires at least FixPak 32 for Warp 3 or FixPak 5 for Warp 4. Go to According to Steve Wendt, there are a handful of problems that still occur: go to for details; by the time you read this, you may have to click on the "More News" link to read the documented problems.

Amouse is a scroll mouse device driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. Go to

Ray Gwinn has resumed work on the beta of SIO version 2. The beta is now at level 009B as of 09/17/2000. Go to The GA version of SIO is at version 1.60d (as of 03/17/1997).

There is now OS/2 drivers for SCSI cards made by a company called Dawicontrol. The drivers are revision 4.21 as of 09/21/2000. Go to

This month's new listings - Applications:

The InJoy PPPoE Client version 1.0 has been released as of 09/01/2000. This PPP over Ethernet client supports multiple ISP profiles, text and PM user interfaces, customizable monitoring of the link and bandwith utilization, connect and disconnect manually or on-demand, and more. Go to

A refresh of Netscape Communicator 4.61 with strong encryption is now available as of 09/07/2000. Go to For more information on what has been fixed in this release, go to Steve Wendt's Communicator Bug-Tracker page at

NewView version 1.17.15 has been released as of 09/17/2000. It is a rewrite of VIEW.EXE that comes with Warp 4. It reads .INF and .HLP files. Improvements include a new user interface, remember size and position, select and copy from the window, and more. Use search key newview on Hobbes.

PM123 version 1.1 beta 2 has been released as of 09/04/2000. It is a MP3, .WAV, and CD Audio player. Some of the features include sharing of the sound card, playlist with drag/drop support, HTTP streaming, and the use of "skins" (including some cool WinAmp skins) to change the program's look. Go to The skins are at

Cinema version 0.2.6 has been released as of 09/14/2000. It is a TV application and needs the Hauppage WinCast TV card plus the WCAST.ZIP driver (available from Go to NOTE: it is currently only available in German.

DSK4PM version 1.61 has been released as of 09/12/2000. It is a PM utility to build diskettes from IBM's *.DSK images. Go to

LAME version 3.86 has been released as of 09/10/2000. It is an MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key lame on Hobbes.

InnoTek has released as of 08/30/2000 Macromedia Flash Plugin Release 1. This is what Dave Watson demoed during the July General Interest Group. Go to

For those of you who use Mesa 2 version 2.3; there is a utility with the interesting name of Tequila (version 1.0 as of 09/17/2000). The program is e-mailware. Go to It features:

  1. Auto-filter for rows and columns
  2. Precise sizing of rows and columns
  3. Advanced zoom function

Computer Data Strategies has released on 09/23/2000 updates for Back Again/2000. The updates make the version number 2.10d. Go to

An OS/2 port of cdrdao version 1.1.4 alpha 2 has been released as of 09/22/2000. It is a free CD-R/RW writing program for Disk At Once mode. Use search key cdrdao on Hobbes. An older port (version 1.1.3) is at

An OS/2 port of cdrecord version 1.10a04 is available as of 09/29/2000. It can burn single-session, multi-session, or audio CD's. Use search key cdrec on Hobbes. An older port (version 1.9a02) is at

Daniela Engert has updated as of 09/20/2000 a patch to OS2LDR that fixes the OS/2 >64MB memory detection defect found with recent BIOSes. Use search key patchldr on Hobbes.

ZOC version 3.15 has been released as of 09/29/2000. It is an award-winning Telnet, secure shell (SSH), rlogin, modem, and ISDN communications program. Go to

Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let Gary know.