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The Southern California OS/2 User Group

December 2003


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.6 alpha as of 11/05/2003. 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 (you must unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update the program object accordingly). 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 1.4.1 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 as of 11/30/2003. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 5.55 as of 11/06/2003. 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 (
  3. According to the author, Jan Van Wijk, version 5.55 is the last one in the 5.xx series until version 6 is released late 2003 or early 2004.

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 as of 11/03/2003. 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. Go to

eComStation Maintenance Tool version has been released as of 11/29/2003. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates to eComStation. Go to

  1. You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then you can download the Maintenance Tool.
  2. You need WarpIn to install the Maintenance Tool.

CDRWSEL version 2.12.6 has been released as of 11/08/2003. This is a GUI program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time using RSJ CD-Writer. Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes.

  1. Screenshots are also available.
  2. Documentation is also available in Lotus WordPro format.
  3. There is a fix available as of 11/11/2003 with the same search key.

JAlbum version 4.0.4 has been released as of 11/24/2003. This is a web photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to

eBayWatch/2 version 1.09u is now available as of 11/19/2003. As the name implies, it is an eBay auction management tool. Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T40/T41 series as of 11/17/2003. Go to

IBM has updated the BIOS Embedded Controller Program (H8 controller firmware) for the ThinkPad T40/T41 series as of 11/07/2003. Go to

This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated as of 11/05/2003 the IDEDASD drivers, which includes updated OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD, and of course the IDE support (IBM1S506.ADD and IBMATAPI.FLT, if you are not using the Danis versions). Go to

IBM has updated as of 11/12/2003 the Gigabit Ethernet driver for the Intel PRO/1000 family of Copper & Fiber adapters for the following controllers: 82540EM (Copper), 82540EP (Copper), 82541EI (Copper), 82544EI (Copper or Fiber), 82544GC (Copper), 82540 (Fiber), 82543GC (Fiber). Go to

  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at (after signing-in).
  3. This driver will not work if you have a 82543GC Copper adapter or earlier versions.

IBM has updated as of 12/02/2003 the printer drivers for PostScript, inkjets, laserjets, and plotters. Go to

SciTech SNAP Graphics version 2.2.4 has been released as of 11/06/2003. This is a replacement for SciTech Display Doctor, which has some new features such as zooming and multi-head support. Go to The change log is at, and the list of supported chipsets is at

Amouse version 2.5 has been released as of 11/22/2003. It is a scroll mouse driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. It has USB support, improved Logitech support, and also a widget for XCenter available now. Go to

A number of Ethernet drivers have been updated during Nov. 2003. You can find the following at

  1. Realtek RTL8169 version 1.05 (as of 11/28/2003)
  2. Tamarack TC9021 version 1.06 (as of 11/18/2003)
  3. National Semiconductor DP83820 version 1.04 (as of 11/24/2003)
  4. National Semiconductor DP83815 version 1.03 (as of 11/24/2003).

This month's new listings - Applications:

IBM has released as of 11/11/2003 Convenience Pak FixPak 4, which applies to all of the Convenience Paks. Go to

  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. You need FixTool version 1.44; go to
  3. According to Steve Wendt, presumably this FixPak will also be made available via the RSU Software Updates page (; however as of 11/17/2003 this page has not been updated accordingly. Assuming it is eventually updated, you need version 1.99 of the RSU installation utility (
  4. If you are a registered eComStation user, download the FixPak at; after signing-in, click on "Download the latest software", then scroll down to the bottom, enter C004 in the data entry box, and then click on "Submit". The FixPak comes in 9 parts (ZIP files); there is an English version, and a German version. Also you will need the eComStation Maintenance Tool (see above in the "Updates from last month" section).

Guiffy, which was presented at the April 2003 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 5.4 as of 11/14/2003. It is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java. Go to

Christian Langanke has uploaded to Hobbes a utility script that allows you to automatically upload packages and description files to Hobbes. Before the upload, the file names and the FILE_ID.DIZ from the ZIP file are checked for matching version numbers, etc. Use search key 2hobbes.

  1. You need the InfoZip utility UNZIP.EXE.
  2. You also need the latest upload template (use search key README.TEMPLATE on Hobbes).

UpdCD version 2.38 was released as of 11/30/2003. 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 incorporate the FixPaks and other software. eComStation support and a PM interface are recent additions. Go to NOTE: This is an update that must be applied to the base 2.30 version.

TAME/2 version 1.0 Release Candidate is available as of 11/05/2003. It is a GUI front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy), which now comes as a complete scanning solution, together with SANE 1.0.12 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 tame100 on Hobbes.

Speaking of SANE, it is now at version 1.0.13 as of 11/25/2003. Go to

InJoy Firewall version 3.0 Release Candidate 1 has been released as of 11/06/2003. This runs on a computer with an Internet connection and acts as an Internet gateway for other computers on your private LAN. The product is designed for LAN-to-LAN configurations, including the many new cable modem and DSL installations. It features: PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet) support, support of the interoperable IPSec VPN standard, NDIS Protocol Engine, NAT support (RFC 1631-style Network Address Translation), direct Internet access for your LAN PC's, no reconfiguration on other machines, PM version, link monitoring with statistics and alerting, support for filter and firewall plugins, identd support, priority setting, and numerous bug fixes. Go to

InJoy Dialer version 3.0 Release Candidate 1 has been released as of 11/06/2003. This Internet dialer features firewall protection, gateway capability, and IPSec VPN capability. Go to

Rich Walsh, the author of DragText, has posted Run! version 0.50 to Hobbes as of 11/06/2003. Run! eliminates batch files and CONFIG.SYS entries often needed to start "helper apps" (e.g. open your web browser from your email client). It sets the current drive, directory, and BEGINLIBPATH to the directory containing the .EXE, starts the program, then terminates. Use search key run_050.

WARP_3_FIX.ZIP has been released as of 10/31/2003. It is a complete, pre-packaged, drop-in kit to enable Odin to run on Warp 3/Warp Connect with FixPak 40 or higher. It also enables Mozilla, et al to run on Warp 3/Warp Connect systems where it previously won't run (due to a SYS3175 in XPCOM.DLL). Use search key warp_3_fix on Hobbes.

Preferential version 0.6.1 has been released as of 11/30/2003. 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

New builds of Odin have been released as of 11/19/2003. There are release builds and debug builds available. Go to There are also daily builds at; the latest build there is dated 11/19/2003.

  1. The "daily" builds are ZIP files; the "weekly" builds are in WPI format for installation via WarpIn.
  2. A user manual is available (release 3 as of 11/12/2003) in .INF format. Go to
  3. Odin Bug Report Generator version 0.5.9 has been released as of 11/12/2003. This is a tool to easily generate Odin bug reports. An older version of this program is now included with Odin. It was part of Steven Levine's Odin presentation at the August 2001 SCOUG general meeting (see Go to

MR/2 ICE version 2.40 has been released as of 11/08/2003. It is a mail and newsreader program. Go to

HPFSdate version 1.0.0 has been released as of 11/16/2003. It is a "dir"-like utility which displays all 3 file dates (creation, last access, and last write date/time). It has options for information display and reset of creation date. Use search key hpfsd on Hobbes.

The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.30 beta 2. 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

CBIRC version 1.00 has been released as of 11/30/2003. This is a Java IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more. Go to

Links (not to be confused with Lynx, which was reviewed by Dallas Legan) is now at version 2.1pre14 as of 11/12/2003. It is a small and fast web browser that supports graphics, JavaScript, font smoothing, tables, and allows for considerable customization of the cache, character set, and more. Use search key links on Hobbes.

CDMagic version 3.1 has been released. It has many audio, database, and CD cover functions, including MP3 and CDDB support. Go to

CoolFM version 2.11 has been released as of 11/18/2003. This is a powerful FM radio tuner control program, compatible with most popular FM tuners. Use search key coolfm on Hobbes. NOTE: There is a WarpAMP-like skin version 1.3 for use with CoolFM; use search key warpfm on Hobbes.

FotoGet/2 version 0.9.14 was released as of 12/02/2003. It is a utility to ease the transfer of pictures between a digital camera and your OS/2 or eComStation PC. It makes use of the WPS; it optionally creates light tables instead of folders, and optinally creates shadows of subfolders on the desktop. Use search key fotoget on Hobbes.

4OS2 version 3.04D has been released as of 12/01/2003. It is a replacement command processor that is an alternative to CMD.EXE that comes with OS/2 or eComStation. Go to

Open Watcom, which was featured at two SCOUG general meetings in 2002, is now at version 1.2 beta as of 11/26/2003. 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 More info is at (according to Steve Wendt, the home page won't be updated until version 1.2 is at general availability status).

The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3 player. The catalogs of skins has been updated as of 11/30/2003. Go to

PLCash version 2.00 build 2141 has been released as of 11/28/2003. This is a financial app, intended to replace Quicken, which requires Java 1.4. Go to

JRescuer version 1.9 has been released as of 11/24/2003. 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 2.7.4 has been released as of 11/20/2003. 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

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.