The President's Message
December 2002 - January 2003
by Tony Butka
I hope everyone had a good time with our opensource discussion/examples. Of course I
knew that Lynn would wind up recommending PLI or APL, but the concept is really a
good one of our club 'giving back' to all those other folks who have allowed us to keep
OS/2 going with new device drivers and other open source ports of programs like PMSane.
We'll keep up the discussion, and look for SCOUG CD's next month with all the open
source goodies on it.
Oh yes (ho, hum) the powers that be at IBM have allegedly announced (again) that OS/2
is dead. Actually, if you read the text, the announcement is what we've always known
-- there are no new releases of OS/2 from IBM, but service and support will continue.
Duh. After fooling around with the latest releases of Windows, I'm grateful that all
we have to look forward to are bugfixes and new/updated device drivers, thank you very
much. And, by the way, Microsoft has announced that they are officially killing off
Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. My cynical guess is now that Windows 98 is relatively
stable, they'll be killing it off soon as well...
Finally for those who didn't attend the meeting, we have been informed that Regal Lanes
will be no more as of January 3, 2003. We are looking for meeting space as I write,
and if you know of a good candidate, let me know. Leading contenders at the moment are
another bowling alley, the Concourse, in Anaheim off of the 91 by Fry's, and the
Eastside Christian School by Cal State Fullerton. Someone else has suggested the
Senior Center Auditorium at Cal State Fullerton (no, that's not a comment on our
There's some other exciting stuff happening: after saying that GhostScript is dead for
OS/2, there's a port of GhostScript 8.0 available, as well as two postscript to pdf
writers in new release. I'll be looking at them in the next month for an Ink article.
Also, a birdie told me that if you have a PostScript Level 3 printer, the onboard
Postscript chip is able to handle both PostScript and PDF files. In theory, this
would mean that you could do something like "copy myfile.pdf prn:" and simply have
the printer do the rockin' & rollin' for you. Anyone with a Level 3 printer please
give this a try and let me know if it works. Thanks.
Oh yeah, if you get this article in time, MicroCentre is selling Epson C80's (Factory
Refurbished) for under $90. The store on Edinger had over 100 left as of Saturday
afternoon December 21st. Grab one!
Oops, out of time and space again. See you next month.
Questions, comments, ideas for any presentations, contact me at
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