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The Southern California OS/2 User Group

April 2003


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.3 as of 03/14/2003. This is an update to Mozilla 1.1 or 1.2a that was demoed by Steven Levine at the Sept. 2002 SCOUG general meeting, and was mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All. Go to There are 2 files (take your pick):

  • mozilla-os2-1.3-installer.exe (now a self-extracting executable/installer)
  • (you must unzip it yourself into a directory)

More info is at

  1. A patch to fix some drag-and-drop problems was released as of 03/26/2003. Go to Unzip it and replace WDGTOS2.DLL with this new version.
  2. Steve Wendt's tips for WarpZilla are at
  3. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
  4. This release now has a spell-checker and a spam filter where it will automatically move junk mail to a spam folder.
  5. 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), if they exist, and COMPREG.DAT; otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
  6. MultiZilla version has been released as of 03/30/2003. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to
  7. Googlebox version 1.0 has been released. Apparently (due to the name), it is an extension to aid you in using Google. Go to

SciTech SNAP Graphics version 2.1.4 beta has been released as of 03/28/2003. This release features support for the Intel i865G, ATI Radeon 9700, TV Out and DVI support on all Radeon chipsets, early rotation (portrait mode) support, and more. Go to Also, a change log is at, and a list of supported chipsets is at Other information is at

InnoTek has released as of 03/31/2003 a full port of Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine version 1.4.1_02 (beta 6), based on the Windows version (using Odin). It is free for personal use; enterprise customers can obtain licenses in order to get defect support. InnoTek plans to provide an updated OS/2 Kit for Java no later than 20 working days after a new Java platform release by Sun Microsystems. Go to

NOTE: This beta version now includes browser plugin support for Mozilla, with 2 caveats:
a) You need to copy the files manually
b) It doesn't work with Mozilla version 1.3 (see above); however, according to Steve Wendt, it apparently works with other versions, and will work with version 1.3.1, which is not yet released.

BTTV version 0.5 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 03/28/2003. 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 NOTE: This should be considered a beta driver.

IBM has updated as of 03/07/2003 the driver for select Intel PRO/1000 Copper Ethernet controllers: 82544EI, 82544GC, and 82540EM. NOTE: You need a current Software Choice subscription or access to eComStation updates to download. Go to

GhostView version 4.3.2 beta has been released as of 03/08/2003. It is a graphical document viewer that uses Ghostscript as its' display engine. Go to Info is at Source is also available.

A version of LAME 3.93.1 and 3.94a11 that has been compiled with the GCC 3.2.1 compiler has been released as of 03/08/2003. This is a MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key lame on Hobbes. There is also a front-end available called Puristin (version 0.26 as of 03/21/2000; download it at

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at version 5.16 as of 03/24/2003. It is an FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to resize FAT & FAT32 partitions, and has some JFS and LVM support. Go to, or use search key dfsee on Hobbes. Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at NOTE: DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (

CBIRC preview 1 has been updated as of 03/17/2003. It is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client (the CB is the author's initials) with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more. It is written in Java; the author recommends Java 1.3.1 with Java Web Start (which means you need a current Software Choice subscription or eComStation). Go to

This month's new listings - Drivers:

If you are not using SciTech Display Doctor or SciTech SNAP Graphics for OS/2, IBM has updated the GRADD video drivers as of 03/25/2003. Go to

A patch for IBM's USBMSD.ADD, with support for Olympus digital cameras, was released as of 03/03/2003 (version 1.3b). Use search key usbmsd on Hobbes.

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T23 as of 03/05/2003. Go to

JJSCDROM.DMD was updated as of 03/27/2003. It is an alternative to IBM's OS2CDROM.DMD, which fixes some problems and adds a few features. Use search key jjscd on Hobbes, or go to

Paul Ratcliffe has developed a bug-fixed and multiple process enabled (at the moment 4 processes) version of ASPIROUT.SYS, which is needed for some of the free CD-recording utilities. It is currently at version 1.1 beta 7. Go to

This month's new listings - Applications:

EMT4PM version 4.31 has been released as of 03/03/2003. It is a replacement for LOADDSKF.EXE that comes with OS/2. Go to

cdrtools version 2.01a04 has been released as of 03/03/2003. This contains cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key cdrtools on Hobbes.

NewView version 2.2.28 has been released as of 03/23/2003. 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 NOTE: Source is also available.

ProNews/2 version 1.53 build cp050 has been released as of 03/06/2003. This popular newsreader contains numerous fixes over the last version that was commercially available. All proceeds now go to charity, as the development of this application has been taken over by members of the OS/2 community. Use search key pn2 on Hobbes, or go to

UpdCD version 2.32 has been released as of 03/09/2003. It now includes support for eComStation, has a PM interface, and supports many OS/2 add-ons. It can be used to update the base Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in combination with these diskettes to create new installations of OS/2 which already incorporates the FixPaks and other software. Go to NOTE: This is a fix that must be applied to the base 2.3 version.

An OS/2 port of GCC version 3.2.1 has been released as of 03/07/2003. Go to This is a compiler suite that includes C, C++, Objective C, Java, and Fortran 77.

XFree86/OS2 version 4.3.0 has been released as of 02/28/2003. Go to

TAME version 0.9.6 has been released as of 03/13/2003. It is a GUI front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy), which now comes as a complete scanning solution, together with SANE 1.0.11 for SCSI and USB scanners. It has a preview window, supports MMOS2 image formats and light tables, and more. Many scanners from Microtek, Epson, HP, Mustek, Umax, and more are known to be working with this package. Use search key tame on Hobbes, or go to

Plogg has been updated as of 03/16/2003. It is an open-source ncurses (text)-based Ogg Vorbis/MP3 player. It features basic playlist functions and navigation between songs. Use search key plogg on Hobbes.

  1. It is also available in WPI format for installation via WarpIn.
  2. Source is also available.

UPS Monitor has been updated as of 03/22/2003. It will monitor the status of the UPS, and provide shutdown services to the operating system. Go to to see if your UPS is supported, and if so, to download.

Guiffy, which is being presented at the April 2003 SCOUG general meeting, has been updated to version 5.0 as of 03/15/2003. It is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java. Go to

MR/2 ICE is now at version 2.36 as of 03/09/2003. This program supports both e-mail and news. Go to

SmartPack version 1.0 has been released as of 03/15/2003. It is a collection of tools for use with Mesa/2. The README is at; download is at

The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.20 beta 2 as of 03/19/2003. This is a command-line compression utility, with tight general and multimedia compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR archives, RCVT (aRchive ConVersion Tool), and more. Go to

ZOC version 4.11 has been released as of 03/25/2003. It is an award-winning telnet, secure shell (SSH), rlogin, modem and ISDN communications program. Go to

Privoxy (formerly known as JunkBuster) version 3.0.2 has been released as of 03/25/2003. This is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy, filtering web page content, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups, and other obnoxious Internet junk. It was reviewed in the August 2001 OS/2 For You. Go to

ThirdEye version 2.20 has been updated. It is a universal digital camera manipulation program, that supports cameras from Agfa, Olympus, Epson, Nikon, Sanyo, Kodak, HP, and Konica. It has a REXX interface, a NetDrive plugin, and both PM and VIO versions of the application. This allows you to browse the pictures in your digital camera with your favorite file manager or the WPS. Go to

Speaking of NetDrive, it is now at version 2.2 beta 2 as of 03/17/2003. It allows users to mount a FTP site or a local directory or a network resource to a virtual volumne. There are also many plugins available now. Go to

Polarbar Mailer version 1.25a has been released as of 03/22/2003. This Java e-mail program came from decompiling the last released version of JStreet Mailer, and permission was obtained from Innoval to continue the development. Go to

CoolFM version 2.0 beta 5 has been released. This is a powerful FM radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular FM tuners. Go to

bootAble version 2.15 has been released as of 03/16/2003. This is a script which can be used to create a maintenance partition or bootable CD with enough facilities to fully manage and recover your system. It contains support for LVM, HPFS, JFS, FAT32, UDF (turned off by default), and the CD file system. Go to

Data Representations, which presented Simplicity for Java at the August 2000 SCOUG general meeting, has updated Simplicty for Java and Simplicity Professional to version 2.0 as of 03/26/2003. One of the new features is support for JDK 1.4. Other features are: full support of AWT and Swing; import any JavaBeans; programmer's editor; Canvas Composer; dynamic Classpath editor; auto package naming; and Code Sourcerer. Upgrades from version 1.x are available; special upgrade prices of $49 (Simplicity for Java) and $395 (Simplicity Professional) are available. Go to

Lotus released as of 11/07/2002 some patches for SmartSuite version 1.7.1. The fixes appear to be for 1-2-3 and importing Excel files. Go to; the file names of the patches begin with OS2.

PCI+AGP Bus Sniffer version 0.48 has been released as of 03/30/2003. This tool shows PCI, AGP, and CardBus device information, has a huge database of known vendors and devices, and can tell what IRQs are supported by which slot. Use search key pci on Hobbes.

Moneydance 2003 build 301 has been released as of 03/28/2003. It is a personal finance manager written completely in Java. It includes transaction auto-completion, graphing, reporting, a reconciliation tool, running cleared vs. uncleared balances, transaction sorting, double- entry, multiple currencies, multiple accounts, and much more. 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!

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

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