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Events / Warpstock 2015 presentations
« on: October 27, 2015, 10:18:53 pm »
I have uploaded the slides from Warpstock 2015

Applications / Secure Workplace
« on: October 02, 2015, 06:19:18 am »
I just got a copy of Secure Workplace to play with.

This puts password protection on OS/2 computers and maybe it has other capabilities. Is anyone familiar with this program? Are the authors still around?

Networking / Samba users and groups
« on: September 06, 2015, 03:54:52 pm »
I'm using SAMBA server 3.3, and I have a problem with users and groups.

Using SAMBA users and groups, I cannot add a user. The dialog is filled out, but when I click OK, the error is

Line 68 of PB_AddUserOK_Click in smbusers.VRM

password.nx - Crypt(VRGet('EF_passowrd', 'Value'), salt);

I look for a program named Crypt, but nothing is found.

This is also reported in trac:
The bug has been assigned to Herwig Bauernfeind

Events / Warpstock 2015 presentations
« on: July 04, 2015, 05:08:52 pm »
For people interested in attending/viewing Warpstock 2015, I'm soliciting presentation topics

Here are some of my ideas -- please add your own.

  • DLL heck: how to resolve conflicts along the LIBPATH, ecspecially with RPM/YUM
    vs. other installers.
  • OS/2 loader and the 512 MB problem. QSINIT and RAM Drives.
  • Config.sys: Reviewing the order of execution of statements in Config.sys and
    the proper order of loading drivers.

Applications / SmartSuite can't find default.mwp
« on: June 29, 2015, 03:30:06 pm »
This is with SmartSuite and all the fixes I can find applied. Most installations seem to run fine. One computer gives this error message:

Cannot open SmartMaster default.mwp. Please select another SmartMaster.

Default.mwp seems to be where it always is. (\LotusW4\SMASTERS\WORDPRO\default.mwp)

1. opening a Word Pro file.
2. instead of opening, Word Pro preferences opens.
3. Then this error appears.

How can I repair this?

Applications / Firefox plugins stop working
« on: May 09, 2015, 03:25:29 pm »
I'm using Nightly (Firefox 24 compiled by Dave Yeo). I used it for a while, then my plugins disappeared. Even though all the files are still there in the plugin directory, Firefox no longer uses them.

I created a new profile, and the plugins are back. So I used that profile for a while (moving all my bookmarks and passwords to the new profile), but in a few days, my plugins are gone again. I made yet another profile, and they are back.

Any idea what is going on? Is there a way to restore plugin capability to a profile?

Setup & Installation / YUM is broken
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:45:45 pm »
I see a situation where I can't use YUM anymore. Here is the error.

yum install libc
There was a problem importing one of the Python modules
required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was:

   No module named urlgrabber

Please install a package which provides this module, or
verify that the module is installed correctly.

It's possible that the above module doesn't match the
current version of Python, which is:
2.7.6 (default, Apr  7 2014, 18:19:49)
[GCC 4.7.3]

If you cannot solve this problem yourself, please go to
the yum faq at:

Any idea how to fix this?

Internet / Yahoo website looks strange on OS/2 Firefox
« on: March 18, 2015, 12:05:43 am »
Someone asked me why the Yahoo website looks strange on OS/2 Firefox. I don't use Yahoo, but it does look like it's putting up the mobile website. Anyone use Yahoo with OS/2 Firefox (or SeaMonkey)?

Applications / qpdfview
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:58:04 am »
I'm trying to run qpdfview-0_4_14-GA, but when I open a pdf, I get a message box saying

could not load plug-in for type 'PDF'

I think I loaded all the prerequisites. Is there a way to find out why it could not load the plug-in?

Networking / Dropbox plugin for NetDrive
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:10:12 am »
I asked for help to use the dropbox plugin for NetDrive, but no one on OS/2 World was able to help.

I downloaded the RPM file and the readme from the BitWise Dropbox folder. (The password is bww)

It turns out that you can install an RPM file directly using yum

yum install ndpdbox-0.4.0.b5-0.oc00.i386.rpm

The yum installer will hang. That's OK, just reboot the computer.

After the computer is rebooted, find the NdpDBox folder and the icon for "Dropbox Authorize".
Run Dropbox Authorize (\USR\SHARE\DOC\NDPDBOX-0.4.0.B5\DROPBOXAUTH.EXE) and log in to your dropbox account.
Go back to the Dropbox Authorize screen and save your secret file.

Go to NetDrive and create a resource for dbox. Enter the full path to the secret file you created, your userid, and registration key.

This should create the share and you should now see your dropbox files.

I hope this helps others use the dbox plugin.

Networking / xmas message for nerds
« on: December 28, 2014, 06:10:53 am »
tracerte -m 128

Multimedia / Playing DVD
« on: December 04, 2014, 02:39:46 am »
I've tried VLC and SMPlayer, but most DVDs will not play. Is it some kind of encoding problem?

It almost looks like it is scanning from track to track, but no output.

An old DVD from when DVD were a new thing plays just fine on either program.

Multimedia / Static and looping audio with UniAud
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:52:58 am »
I'm installing eCS 2.2 beta II on a Lenovo ThinkCentre M32 thin client. This is pretty new, not everyone has it for sale yet. eCS mostly works, but the sound is staticy and loopy. Moving the mouse around fast influences the static and loopiness.

There was an old bug with static and loopiness, but that was for SND.DLL and supposed to be fixed by MMFIX.EXE.

Any idea how to troubleshoot?

Applications / Firefox 24 vs OS/2 World
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:51:03 pm »
I got the new Firefox 24 beta running here. But it's claiming every word I type in the composition box is misspelled. I know I'm not the greatest speller, but how can I correct my mistakes if all of them come up?

Applications / How to make Tor work on eCS
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:58:20 pm »
Tor is a program to facilitate anonymous web browsing. Paul Smedley ported it, but there aren't instructions on how to make Tor work on eCS.

There are two applications of Tor. The first is just to get Tor to work with Firefox and use the existing Tor network.

The second is to run a Tor server as a part of the Tor network to let others browse anonymously.

I don't know which of these applications have been ported, or even, as I suspect that both functions are part of the Tor executable.

I have no idea how to begin doing either of these applications. Any Tor users out there care to comment?

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