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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:55:35 pm »
http://www.altsan.org/programming/os2/index.html#itheme
I have it here, but I'd rather not upload it until I can review it for any necessary updates for the current Icon Themes version.

Thanks Alex, please let me know when you release it on your website.


OK, it's up now, along with the latest version of Icon Themes itself.
http://www.altsan.org/programming/os2/index.html#itheme

It's been updated to support all the icons supported by the current ITheme, but created themes should still work fine with any 2.x version.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:15:35 pm »
Hi

Is there a way to download the "Icon Theme Toolkit v2.1" ? I was not able to find it on hobbes or on Alex's homepage.

Regards

I believe it lived on the eCS BetaZone.

I have it here, but I'd rather not upload it until I can review it for any necessary updates for the current Icon Themes version.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:48:40 pm »
Alex, what happens if you run "rebuild new themes" from the Theme applet ? Will it bind the resource files (create by rc with the -r switch) to the DLLs in question ? In short: will that also lead to a selection of a specific theme ? Will this change be applied on next system start ? Or will it even be applied immediately ?

Only the ancient version 1.x of Icon Themes had that feature. I don't even remember how it worked, but  IIRC it simply builds the resource files, it doesn't install them.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:15:21 am »
FWIW, that is an ancient and quite obsolete version of the HOWTO. The latest HOWTO and toolkit was version 2.1 released in December 2011.

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Setup & Installation / Re: How to - Install Fonts on OS/2
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:37:44 pm »
That one will require a reboot to make the font available, though.

Maybe I should add a function to RXUTILEX.DLL for registering fonts without a reboot... well, something for the wish list, perhaps. :)
I wouldn't mind if RXUTILEX.DLL would contain a function to register one or more fonts.
By the way, the script is a variation to the one Alex Taylor provide on his site.

Huh? I don't provide any script like that on my site...

I do provide an executable, which works in an entirely different way (and does not require a reboot).

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Setup & Installation / Re: How to - Install Fonts on OS/2
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:28:02 am »
You can also try a REXX script that can add .ttf-files
This script can extract and add them from .zip-files and WarpIn Packages as well

That one will require a reboot to make the font available, though.

Maybe I should add a function to RXUTILEX.DLL for registering fonts without a reboot... well, something for the wish list, perhaps. :)

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Multimedia / Re: Saving OS/2 icons - OS/2 icon format in 2017
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:27:36 pm »
In my experience, the best way to produce colour-accurate icons is to create them as 24-bit bitmaps first. This requires using a 'placeholder' background colour in place of what will end up as transparent areas (this should be a colour that doesn't otherwise appear in the image; I normally use light magenta).

Then, open the bitmap in Embellish and convert it to Palette mode – this will down-convert it to 8-bit colour.  Embellish usually (about 95% of the time in my experience) does a better job of this than PMView, although it depends on the image.  Save the bitmap, preferably under a new filename.

Then, open the image in PMView. If it's not already cropped to the correct size, do so now (do NOT resize it, however, as this will undo the colour down-conversion and you'll have to repeat the previous step with Embellish again).  Then copy the image into the clipboard from PMView.  Open a blank icon file template which has the correct resolution already defined and selected (e.g. 40x40, 8-bit palette) and paste the image in.  Assuming the clipboard image dimensions exactly match the icon's image dimensions, the palette in Icon Editor will automatically be converted to match the image in the clipboard.  This only seems to work if you used PMView to copy the image – I'm guessing PMView knows how to add the palette information to the clipboard alongside the image.

Finally, in the Icon Editor, replace the placeholder colour with transparent background.

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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:50:40 am »
Some ideas:
  • Have you allowed cookies from os2world.com?
  • Have you tried it with a new profile?

OK, changing my OS2World.com cookie settings from allow session cookies to allow all cookies seems to have fixed it (knock on wood).

Evidently something changed in the forum settings to require this.

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It is strange but I can not access ticket 1191. It says "Access Denied".
Should it be this link? https://mantis.arcanoae.com/view.php?id=1191

That should be fixed now.

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There's been a ticket already open on this, actually, with a test fix attached several months ago. However, the original reporter never provided any feedback so it's been sitting there ever since. I've linked it to Martin's ticket.

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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:55:16 pm »
Still refuses to stick here (using OS/2). I have to log in again on the forum page before it remembers that I'm logged in. Haven't tried with Windows.

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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:31:59 pm »
Has anyone else noticed that, since the restore, logging in on the main page doesn't seem to 'stick' when opening the forums?

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...because I categorically refuse to ever buy a (productivity) laptop with 16:9.

Hi Alex, just curious. Are you looking for a brand that sells a new laptop with a 4:3 screen ratio display? Does thast exists? Or do you prefer other aspect ratios than 16:9 and 4:3.


I don't insist on 4:3 specifically.  16:10 (and the new 3:2 trend that seems to be appearing in some segments) are also OK. 

However, in my considered view, 16:9 on anything less than an 18" screen is unusable for anything other than watching DVDs and playing games.  (I'm OK with 16:9 desktop monitors, because they're large enough to provide a usable vertical workspace. Laptops, though... no.)

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What?  Seriously?!?  This is the specially engineered retro design ThinkPad that Lenovo's been working on for two years under a veil of secrecy?  Surely not... as you say, it looks like basically a current model with the usual rubbish keyboard replaced by a proper one.

I seriously hope this is just a different system.

I'll soon or later need something to replace my W500.  I was hoping the reto ThinkPad could be it. I'm desperately holding out hope for Lenovo to bring back a usable (i.e. non-16:9) screen.  If not, then I have bought my last ThinkPad, because I categorically refuse to ever buy a (productivity) laptop with 16:9.

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The first thing I'd do is check in \ibmcom\lantran.log for possible error messages.  That should tell you whether the driver bound to the MAC hardware successfully or not.

You said that setting a manual address and route gets retained, but you didn't mention whether connectivity actually works if you do this.

If you get no connectivity even with no errors in LANTRAN.LOG and manual address/mask/gateway configured, you will probably need to open a ticket on the MMRE MAC driver and report as much of your MAC hardware information (especially PCI IDs and revisions) as possible.  This information should be contained in the machine.cfg file in your \sys\install\rsp directory.

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