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The Southern California OS/2 User Group

May 2003


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.4a as of 04/02/2003. 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-vacpp-1.4a-installer.exe (now a self-extracting executeable/installer)
  • (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 a spell-checker, improved drag-and-drop, junk mail and news filters, link prefetching, Type Ahead Find, turbo mode, WarpCenter message notification, etc.
  4. This is likely to be the last build using IBM's VisualAge C++; future builds will use the GCC compiler (see next item).
  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) and COMPREG.DAT (if they exist); otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
  6. MultiZilla version has been released. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to
  7. There are some replacement icons available at Hobbes as of 04/12/2003. Use search key micopak.

The WarpZilla team has also released a GCC compiler version of Mozilla 1.4a as of 04/10/2003. Go to You must unzip it yourself into a directory; if you are comparing Visual Age C++ versions vs. GCC versions, you must use separate directories.

  1. You need the GCC 3.2.1 runtime; go to, or Either place it in the same sub-directory as MOZILLA.EXE, or put it in its' own subdirectory and update the LIBPATH= statement in CONFIG.SYS to point to it.
  2. Also, you need the EMX runtime; use search key emxrt on Hobbes. For help with installation, see the June 2002 Mr. Know-It-All.
  3. If you use the Visual Age C version, at this time it is not recommended to share profiles with the GCC version. If you do, you won't be able to access secure sites. The bug is documented at
  4. Plugins at this time don't work with the GCC version. Mike Kaply is looking into this problem.
  5. Another problem I reported to Mike is: when I fired up the GCC version for the first time, it created my profile by migrating the Netscape 4.61 profile; then I made some modifications (change the "theme" from "Classic" to "Modern", told it to suppress pop-up pages, and configured the proxy). Then I saved the preferences changes and got the message that the theme change will take effect the next time I start WarpZilla (which is normal). Here's the problem: When I started the GCC version again, it went back to the profile migration dialog. This time it created a 2nd profile and then I had to make the theme, pop-up suppression, and proxy changes AGAIN! The 3rd time I started the GCC version, it appeared to use the 2nd profile (but by then my preferences changes were taken into account).
  6. Finally, according to Steve Wendt, the GCC version is faster than the Visual Age C++ version, but is also more crash-prone.

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at version 5.17 as of 04/02/2003. It is a 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 Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at NOTE: DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (

SmartPack version 1.1 has been released as of 04/12/2003. It is a collection of tools for use with Mesa/2. The README is at; download is at

InnoTek has released as of 04/16/2003 a full port of Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine version 1.4.1_02 (Release Candidate 1), which is Sun Microsystem's Windows JVM with an Odin wrapper to allow it to run on OS/2. 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 and IBM Web Browser for OS/2.

GhostView version 4.4 has been released as of 04/04/2003. It is a graphical document viewer that uses Ghostscript as its' display engine. Go to

The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.20 beta 3 as of 04/06/2003. 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

cdrtools version 2.01a11 has been released as of 04/29/2003. This contains cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key cdrtools on Hobbes.

MR/2 ICE is now at version 2.37 as of 04/13/2003. This program supports both e-mail and news. Go to

CoolFM version 2.0 beta 6 has been released. This is a powerful FM radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular FM tuners. Go to

NewView version 2.3.19 has been released as of 04/22/2003. 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

CBIRC preview 1 has been updated as of 04/27/2003. 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

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 8. Go to

BTTV version 0.6 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 04/21/2003. 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.

This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T30 as of 04/01/2003. Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS Embedded Controller Program for the ThinkPad T30 as of 04/01/2003. This must be installed first prior to the BIOS update (see above). Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T20 as of 04/30/2003. Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T21 as of 04/09/2003. Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T22 as of 04/09/2003. Go to

IBM has released as of 04/03/2003 their version of SciTech SNAP Graphics. Go to

  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. The version numbers for SNAP/se (the IBM version) and SNAP/Pro don't necessarily correspond to each other, and they don't support the same graphic chipsets. For example, the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 is new to the IBM version, but has been in SNAP/Pro since version 2.0.

Amouse version 2.4 beta has been updated as of 04/25/2003. It now has USB support and improved Logitech support. It is a scroll mouse driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. There is also a widget for XCenter available now. Go to

DaniS506 version 1.6.4 has been released as of 04/15/2003. This is the replacement for IBM's IBM1S506 EIDE driver, which features support for many chipsets, PCCard controllers, busmastering, Ultra33 DMA, Ultra ATA-66, Ultra ATA-100, faster PIO due to 32-bit I/O, and much more. Use search key danis on Hobbes.

  1. Your mileage (experience) may vary; previous 1.6.x versions for some reason causes one of my home machines (a PII-400 with an Intel SE440BX-2 motherboard) to hang when it tries to load, so I had to revert back to version 1.5.2. When I tried version 1.6.4 on my ThinkPad T20, it caused PCMSSDIF.SYS (I believe a PCMCIA-related driver) not to load (and I had to hit Enter to continue booting). So I reverted the ThinkPad back to version 1.6.2.
  2. If you use DaniBoot version 1.0 in conjunction with DaniS506, you need to upgrade DaniBoot to version 1.0.2; use search key daniboot on Hobbes.

This month's new listings - Applications:

SCOUG's treasurer Steven Levine has uploaded some utilites to Hobbes during April 2003, all of them with source also available:

  1. FM/2 3.02 (the file manager used by Gary Granat in his series of articles on "Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat"). Use search key fm2-3.
  2. FM/2 Taskbar version 1.07 (a utility that works in conjunction with the WPS Window List, program objects and Launchpad to control what's running on your system and where it runs); use search key taskbar.
  3. Mouse System Enhancer version 1.38 (it is designed to make mousing about the desktop a bit easier. It allows you to assign commands to your mouse buttons. It also provides clipboard management and extensions, swapfile monitor, desktop clock, virtual desktops, screen capture, file dialog enhancement, titlebar enhancement, and other mouse-related options); use search key mse.
  4. FMT (FM/2 Tiny Textmode File Manager) version 1.00; as the name implies, you run it from an OS/2 command prompt. Its footprint (size & memory usage) is small enough to even run from a diskette. Multi-file operations are multi-threaded, so you don't have to wait on the program while it's doing work that may take considerable time. Use search key fmt.
  5. Image Viewer version 0.02 (a simple, fast image viewer that works with MMPM/2 and includes some editing features; intended for use with FM/2). Use search key mk_image.

WarpVision was updated on 04/23/2003. It is a player for DivX3/DivX4-format video streams, with MP3/AC3 audio. The latest version has a nice GUI interface, and no longer uses Odin and Win32 codecs. Go to

  1. There are downloadable "skins" available at
  2. There is also a command-line (04/28/2003) 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. WarpVision is now shareware; until it is registered, you are limited to 15 minutes of playback.

RSJ CD-Writer version 5.01 was released as of 04/11/2003. It now has support for DVD writing, freedb, DAO (Disk At Once), IDE drives, creating bootable CDs, etc. Go to It must be purchased at the RSJ web site or at Mensys (

Apache version 2.0.45 has been released as of 04/03/2003. It is the premier web server of the Internet, and offers big performance improvements over the older versions due to multi-threading and elimination of some emx dependencies. Go to Info is at NOTE: Dave Watson forwarded an e-mail to the scoug-help mailing list about a DOS (denial of service) patch that should be applied before building (i.e., compiling the source) version 2.0.45 or prior; get the patch at

DSKXTRCT version 1.3 has been released as of 04/02/2003. This tool can extract files from .DSK diskette image files that IBM provides. You can use it to extract FixPak files and apply them from the hard drive. Use search key dskx on Hobbes. NOTE: Source is also available.

There is now a PM version of GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) as of 04/07/2003. GIMP is often called the "free Photoshop"; this version no longer requires XFree86/OS2 to run, as it was built with Everblue, the XLib implementation created by Go to

  1. It is a beta version, and it is a bundle of GIMP & Everblue.
  2. You need WarpIn to install this.
  3. Additional info is at

GoGo version 3.11p1 has been released as of 04/11/2003. This is a very fast MP3 encoder based on LAME. NOTE: The EMX runtime is a prerequisite. Use search key gogo on Hobbes.

PolarbarWeb/2 has been released as of 04/13/2003. This is a CGI web front-end for the e-mail program Polarbar Mailer. Use search key pbmweb on Hobbes.

New builds of Odin have been released as of 05/02/2003. There are release builds and debug builds available. Go to There are also weekly builds at; the latest build there is dated 05/01/2003.

AutoScroll has been updated as of 04/23/2003. It is an add-on for Mozilla and Phoenix (now called Firebird) that allows auto-scrolling functionality similar to HotScroll and XWorkPlace. For those unfamiliar with this, when you middle-click on a page, you can then move the mouse up and down to have the page scroll. Go to

Preferential version 0.5 has been released as of 04/09/2003. This is an add-on for Mozilla that gives you a tree with access to all of the preferences, including those that are not normally exposed. Go to

NPUnzip has been updated as of 04/17/2003. It is an UNZIP plug-in for Netscape 4.61, Mozilla, and Phoenix/Firebird). Use search key npunzip on Hobbes.

BladeEnc version 0.94.2 has been released as of 04/17/2003. It is a MP3 encoder. Go to, or use search key blade on Hobbes. NOTE: You need WarpIn to install.

Marty Amodeo has added as of 04/14/2003 symbolic link support to the EMX libraries, and many of the common utilities. It utilizes OS/2 extended attributes to emulate symbolic links. Go to

Zip Control version 2.7.2 has been released as of 04/12/2003. It 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, or use search key zipct on Hobbes.

CDox version 1.0.1 has been released as of 12/20/2002. This is a powerful CD-cover generator, which requires Java 1.4. Go to

z! has been updated as of 04/25/2003 to "test 3" status. This is a text-mode MP3 player, that can handle OGG Vorbis, streaming audio (Shoutcast), and has Normalize support. Go to There is a FAQ at

eBayWatch/2 version 1.09i has been released. As the name implies, it is an eBay auction management tool. Go to

Warp Expander version 0.5 has been released as of 04/20/2003. This is a front-end for command-line un-archiver programs such as UnZip, unRAR, Unpack, and others. It is a clone of BeOS Expander. Use search key wexp on Hobbes. There is a version available that can be installed using WarpIn also.

CDDBMMCD version 0.42 beta has been released as of 01/26/2003. This is a utility to update the MMPM CD player title database via a CDDB database. Go to, or use search key cddbmmcd on Hobbes.

eComStation Maintenance Tool version 2.0.0 has been released as of 04/28/2003. 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.

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.