Next Meeting: Sat, TBD
Meeting Directions

Be a Member


Help with Searching

20 Most Recent Documents
Search Archives
Index by date, title, author, category.


Mr. Know-It-All



Email Lists

SIGs (Internet, General Interest, Programming, Network, more..)

Online Chats


Past Presentations



Contact SCOUG

Copyright SCOUG

warp expowest
Pictures from Sept. 1999

The views expressed in articles on this site are those of their authors.

SCOUG was there!

Copyright 1998-2024, Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

The Southern California OS/2 User Group

October 2003


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.5 RC2 as of 09/30/2003. This is an update to Mozilla 1.4 that was demoed by Tony Butka at the Sept. 2003 SCOUG general meeting. Older versions of Mozilla were mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All. Go to The file is (you must unzip it yourself into a directory).

More info is at

  1. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at
  2. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
  3. This release now has improved drag-and-drop, junk mail and news filters, link prefetching, Type Ahead Find, turbo mode, WarpCenter message notification, spell-checker, etc.
  4. The recommended installation method is to install into a fresh directory; however, if you install over an older version, be sure to delete GKCONTNT.DLL (or GKCONTENT.DLL) and COMPREG.DAT (if they exist); otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
  5. This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. Unzip the GCC runtime and either place it in the subdirectory where MOZILLA.EXE is, or put it in its' own directory and update the LIBPATH variable in CONFIG.SYS to point to that directory.
  6. You should not share a profile between the VACPP (version 1.4 and older) and the GCC versions, as it may cause problems, especially with secure sites.
  7. If you use the InnoTek Font Engine, and you are upgrading from a previous version by installing into a fresh directory, you may need to re-install the InnoTek Font Engine.
  8. MultiZilla version has been released. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to

SciTech SNAP Graphics version 2.2.3 has been released as of 09/27/2003. This release adds support for newer ATI Radeon chipsets, multi-head on Radeon chipsets, and more. Go to Also, a change log is at, and a list of supported chipsets is at Other info is at

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 5.52 as of 10/05/2003. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to resize FAT and FAT32 partitions, and has some JFS and LVM support. A new feature is that there has been a major update in the user interface. Go to Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at

  1. You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
  2. DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (

Open Watcom, which was featured at two 2002 SCOUG general meetings, is now at version 1.1 as of 09/04/2003. This is an open source release of the Watcom C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers. 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 Go to

Beta 2 of an OS/2 port of GCC 3.2.2 has been released as of 09/15/2003. It is a compiler suite containing C, C++, Objective C, Java, and Fortran 77. Go to

GNU Make version 3.81 RC1-r2 has been released as of 09/09/2003. This is an essential tool for developing and/or porting open-source programs. Go to

eComStation Maintenance Tool version has been released as of 10/04/2003. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates to eComStation. Go to NOTE: You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then you can download the Maintenance Tool.

jSyncManager version 3.0 gamma 01 (API and Core Application Set) has been released as of 09/23/2003. This is a Java tool for synchronizing with Palm handhelds. Go to

CW-Multimedia classes version 0.2.7b has been released as of 09/06/2003. These classes are for seamless integration of the MMIO procedures for MP3 and OGG Vorbis files; after installation, OGG Vorbis and MP3 files are treated the same way by the WPS as the other audio files, with icons and menus. There is also a new Media Folder, which plays any audio class known to OS/2. It also includes a replacement JPEG class, and support for PNG image files. Go to, or use search key cw-mmclasses on Hobbes.

WarpVision was updated on 09/17/2003. It is a player for DivX3, DivX4, DivX5, XViD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, and ASF, with MP3/AC3 audio, and now has some DVD support. The GUI version includes "skin" support (see note 1 below). See note 4 below for playing encrypted DVD's. Go to

  1. There are downloadable "skins" available at
  2. There is also a command-line (05/04/2003) version of WarpVision available.
  3. According to the author, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating from a previous version of WarpVision.
  4. There is now DVD support via a plugin called DVDCSS. For that, go to
  5. According to Steve Wendt, WarpVision GUI is shareware and some builds may be limited to 15 minutes of playback; however Mark Abramowitz says that both are not (or may not be) the case.
  6. The WarpVision team accepts donations at

If you still use a modem under OS/2 or eComStation, an updated MODEM.LST file is available as of 09/12/2003. Go to A number of new modems were added (highlighted in green); also this site flags modems that apparently don't work under OS/2 & eCS in red. For each modem, the initialization strings for the various modems are listed. MODEM.LST is used by the AT&T Global Network (ATTGLOBAL.NET) dialer; for "Dial Other Internet Providers", edit MODEM.IAK and copy in your modem's settings (after you make a backup, of course). If you use another dialer such as ZOC or InJoy, just simply copy in the initialization strings.

GSView version 4.42 beta has been released as of 09/19/2003. It is a graphical document viewer that uses Ghostscript as its' display engine. Go to

JAlbum version 3.6.1 has been released as of 09/11/2003. This is a web photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to

eBayWatch/2 version 1.09p is now available as of 09/21/2003. As the name implies, it is an eBay auction management tool. Go to

NewView version 2.9.8 has been released as of 09/26/2003. This is a rewrite of VIEW.EXE that comes with OS/2. 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, or go to

FAT32.IFS version 0.97 has been released as of 09/30/2003. This is based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous version. Go to

This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T40 as of 09/11/2003. Go to

IBM has updated as of 09/23/2003 the printer drivers for PostScript, inkjets, laserjets, and plotters. Some additions to the lists of supported printers were made. Go to: (PostScript), (inkjets), (laserjets), or (plotters).

IBM has updated as of 09/26/2003 the IDEDASD driver package, which includes updated versions of OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD, and of course, the IDE support drivers (IBM1S506.ADD and IBMATAPI.FLT, in case you are not using the Danis versions). Go to

IBM has updated as of 09/26/2003 the UDF.IFS file system support drivers. It provides support for CDRW, DDCDRW (double density CDRW), DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, and DVD+/-RW. Go to

  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to After signing-in, you can download the UDF update.
  3. If you are not using Convenience Pak 2 (or eComStation 1.1), or if Device Driver FixPak 3 or later has not been installed, you need to download and install the latest IDEDASD drivers (see above).

In the August 2003 Download! column, I mentioned that IBM released drivers for the Intel PRO/1000 Copper Gigabit Ethernet (82540EM, 82544GC, and 82544EI) near the end of July 2003. As of 09/05/2003, they are now available for registered eComStation users at (after signing-in, of course).

The Network Interface Card Pak (NICPak) has been updated as of 09/28/2003. This is a collection of various NIC drivers, and a tool for detecting and installing them. Go to

Compart has released as of 08/29/2003 updated image format filters and scanner drivers for Impos/2. It supports scanners from Agfa, Epson, Escom, HP, Fujitsu, Microtek, Mustek, Canon, Ricoh, IBM, Bell & Howell, and C.T.S. For the image format filters, go to; for the scanner drivers, go to

A driver for the Realtek ALC-650 AC'97 audio chipset is now at version 1.41 as of 10/05/2003. Go to

BTTV version 0.7.107 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 10/01/2003. 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

This month's new listings - Applications:

Mozilla PluginPak Installer version 1.01 has been released as of 09/22/2003. This allows you to install the OS/2 Multimedia plugins to Mozilla, without needing Netscape to be installed first. Go to, or use search key mzpip on Hobbes.

Styler/2 (a.k.a. Smart Windows), which was part of Gary Granat's series on Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat is now at version 1.7.3 as of 10/04/2003. It features: shade or bitmap as titlebar background; 3-D effect for titlebar text; selectable bitmaps for the window controls (you can change them at run time: no DLL patching required); selectable position for the window close button; titlebar hiding / mouse-sensitive pop-up; titlebar context menu; WarpSans font for all dialog windows; window rolling; frame drag; entry fields automatic text selection (you can choose which mouse event selects the whole entry field content; automatic (sliding) focus (works with Win-OS2 windows as well); mouse pointer hiding; mouse button double-click emulation; and easy-to-use PM installer/uninstaller. Use search key smw on Hobbes, or go to NOTE: there is a version that is for use with Warp 3 as well.

CDRWSEL version 2.11.0 has been released as of 09/07/2003. This is a GUI program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time using RSJ CD-Writer. Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes. NOTE: Documentation in English and French are also available in Lotus Word Pro format.

cdrutils version 1.30 has been released as of 09/13/2003. This is a set of command-line utilities to enhance the usability of CDRTOOLS. Use search key cdrutils on Hobbes. NOTE: You need the EMX runtime as well; use search key emxrt on Hobbes. If you need help with EMX installation, see the June 2002 Mr. Know-It-All.

CDDBMMCD version 0.44 has been released as of 09/18/2003. It is a utility to update the MMPM CD player title database via a CDDB database. Use search key cddbmmcd on Hobbes, or go to

MP3 Automagic CD Cover Creator version 0.95 has been released as of 10/04/2003. This Java program creates printable CD covers for MP3 CD's, and works with Innotek's Java 1.4.1. Go to

cdox version 1.0.3 has been released as of 09/10/2003. This is a powerful CD cover generator, which requires Java 1.4. Go to

PM123 version 1.21 is now available as of 09/24/2003. It is a MP3, WAV, and CD audio player. It is now freeware, with source code available under a BSD-style license. 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. Use search key pm123 on Hobbes, or go to

  1. There is also a WPI format version at Hobbes for installation via WarpIn, as well as some "skins".
  2. Another location for "skins" is at

Album Grabber version 0.77 has been released. This is basically a bot that grabs album covers off of It requires Java 1.3 to run. Go to

CBIRC preview 3 has been released as of 09/01/2003. This is a Java IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, etc. Go to

Maul Publisher version 2.26 has been released. It is billed as "the world's first professional desktop publisher for OS/2". It will automatically take care of page numbering in folding booklets, reversal of margins for facing pages, page numbering offsets where you don't want to start from Page 1, reversal of margins for top-bound booklets and top-folding booklets, centering margins on printers with odd margins, and multi-way folding sheets and maps. In addition, you have full control of column, row, gutter, and center gutter guides, including the automatic adjustment of page offsets when a number of sheets are bound into a folding booklet. Use search key maule on Hobbes, or go to

Firewall documentation for the MPTS firewall and VPN feature has been updated to version 1.2 as of 09/20/2003. This INF document describes how to configure and use the powerful built-in firewall feature with support for IP packet filtering and IPSec VPN tunnels that have been included in TCP/IP version 4.1 and above. Go to, or use search key firewall_doc on Hobbes.

JRescuer has been updated as of 09/17/2003. This is a tool to rescue files from a JFS volume which can't be mounted. Use search key jrescuer on Hobbes.

Zip Control version 2.7.3 has been released as of 08/15/2003. This is a PM front-end to Zip / UnZip / PKZip. Archive functions supported include: viewing, deleting, printing, unzipping, create new, encryption / decryption, test-run, and virus scanning. Go to

ZOC version 4.12 has been released as of 09/30/2003. 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.

Editorial Note: 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!

The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

Copyright 2003 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.