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Applications / Send me you OS/4 "DosSysCtl_API" Report
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:44:22 pm »

I'm trying to document more about what is inside OS2KRNL file. I was told that with OS/4 you can take a report of what CPI functions links from the kernel.

Please try using OS/4 for some hours, run some apps, do what you do and generate a report by using:

 DosSysCtl_API.exe > report.txt

DosSysCtl_API.exe is on the OS/4 server too. Send the file to me ( or post it here, so I can compare it and know the which functions are provided by kernel (implemented in kernel ). For what I know this exe collects info from the OS/4 kernel and counts the number of calls and list the ordinal. (in my humble knowledge of how this things work.)


Applications / Phoenix OS/4 on Virtualbox
« on: October 09, 2016, 03:50:33 am »

I'm trying to run Phoenix OS/4 on a Windows host on VirtualBox without luck.

I followed the instructions on the Wiki on how to install those. Copied the files on OS2\BOOT,  on c:\ , renamed old loader to OS2LDR.IBM, Renamed DOSCALL1.IBM and copied the newer DOSCALL1.DLL.
I'm using a eCS 2.2 b2 image running on VirtualBox for Windows. The VM configuration has 2 Procesors and 1024MB of RAM.

When I run it. If I choose 1.- IBM Default, it gives me an error (check picture1)
When I run on option 4, I got that acpi4.bpd is missing and it stops loading there.  (check picture 2) .

Is something else I'm missing to do, or it does not runs on VirtualBox?


Events / Any questions for Warpstock 2016 ??
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:13:10 am »

I'm going to Warpstock 2016, I had complete the goal to assist and I will do my best to live video stream the event.

So, based on the tentative agenda, are there any questions you want me to present to the speakers?


Applications / Testing YouTube Live
« on: September 28, 2016, 07:06:21 pm »

I require your help to test something since I'm planning to go to Warpstock 2016 to live stream it.

On the past (Warptock 2015) I had tested YouTube Live Streaming on VLC without any major problem, but on these days I'm having some issues and I need to know if it is my OS/2 configuration or if something changed on YouTube.

I would appreciate feedback on the following:

A) Grab an Live URL from YouTube, check that it says "LIVE NOW":

1) Test: Firefox 38.8.0 for OS/2 Beta 7 without Flash. Result: Not working. (please validate)
2) Test: Firefox 38.8.0 for OS/2 Beta 7 with Flash. Result: ??
3) Test: VLC 2.2.4 . Result: ??
4) Test: SMPlayer 16.8.0 (MPlayer 1.3.0-4.9.2 ?). Result: ??
5) Any other ideas on OS/2 ?

I will also be testing this.


Applications / Split Window view in Xworkplace
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:59:48 pm »

The OS2VOICE "OS/2 voice an update from the chairman " article says:

Development of the so called Split Window view in Xworkplace has been finished; this was been by Rich Walsh at a cost of $900. While the binaries and source code are currently not publicly available yet, sources will be committed to and binaries will be uploaded to The changes are currently receiving final testing before being submitted into SVN.

I would really like to see that. I was hoping that with "Split Window" and some kind of navigator menu on top a modern navigation on the OS/2 desktop can be provided. But sometimes hopes does not align to reality.  I don't know if someone has seen it or have some screenshot to don't have a false expectation.


Note: I posted this is because I'm exited to have some new feature on the Desktop GUI and on XWorkplace instead of just bugfixing.

Applications / Icon Editor Issues with v2 Icons
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:20:07 pm »

I was organizing some OS/2 icons and creating/editing some others. I thought it might be a good idea to start saving the icons on 128x128 on Deep color (24-bit).  PMView saves the icons in OS/2 2.x and OS/2 1.x format without issues. Both versions looks fine on OS/2 desktop and opens fine on Icon Editor.

But if I save those icons on OS/2 2.x format on Icon Editor, after saving it for the first time it saves the file and looks good. But If I try to edit those icons again (with Icon Editor) it looks wrong (check picture) and I can not longer save it because some memory issue error.

Does somebody experience that issue? Or is it something of my local workstation?
I'm thinking on sticking with format 1.x so Icon Editor can still open those.


Applications / Two Programs with the Same File Association
« on: September 09, 2016, 02:44:20 pm »

This question may be basic but I forgot how to do it.
I have two programs that can open icon files, PMView and Icon Editor.

When you doble click the file it opens PMView by default.
How do I change it to open Icon Editor by default? Is there a way to do it without removing the PMView ICO association?


Off Topic discussions / QtCon - Berlin - September 1st to the 4th
« on: September 04, 2016, 03:34:11 pm »
This is not fully off topic. I consider this even also important since Qt is very useful for our community.

Too bad I didn't knew about it earlier.

There was some live streaming, let's hope they post the videos to:


Applications / Improving OS/2 Desktop Experience? What do you use?
« on: August 13, 2016, 06:33:15 pm »

I was wondering what does OS/2 users uses to improve their experience with the OS/2 Desktop and use of the GUI.
This is more about personal choice and there is not right or wrong answer.

I was wondering if anybody will like to answer one or several of this questions:
- What user interface improvement related software do you like to use on OS/2?
- How do you like to personalize/configure that software? or In which way do you like to use it?
- Do you have some preferred way to organize the icons on the desktop?
- Any other trick/tips/teaks that you recommend doing on the OS/2 GUI?

If you want to share an screenshot you are welcome too.


Programming / Scitech Software
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:55:53 pm »

Does anybody remember if Scitech MGL 6 worked on OS/2?
It is just because I want to list it (and link it) on the OS/2 API Project.

Here it is the archive of Scitech files, just in case:


Article Discussions / App Store Ranting
« on: July 12, 2016, 11:37:22 pm »
Hi Lewis

About ANPM, I was hoping that the tool can evolve to be more like an "App Store" that masks the RPM complexity on the back, instead of being just a GUI for RPM/YUM.  Something similar to the "Ubuntu Software Center" for example (see attached picture), it does not has to be exactly the same, but to be more visually appealing to install applications.

Should I open a ticket for this?


Article Discussions / Writing bug reports
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:26:21 pm »

About bww Bitwise article: Writing bug reports

I found positive that they are promoting to file bug reports for the community on their ticket system, I understand that developer have the issue that they do not get feedback. Their recommendations to write bug reports are very good, but why do they have to see the online forums as competition? In my opinion the whole "What to do now?" paragraph was unnecessary.

On the online forum you can discuss the basic things of support to get help from other users without the need to be bothering the developer with trivial things. When things do not work for the user on the forums with a software the final word will be always contact the developer (via their ticketing system or email). The forums are a collaborative place to discuss things that get indexed on search and are very useful for users and should not be compared with an "Unofficial car repair dealer".

I invite everyone to use your "free of speech" right and use the forums if you will like to. If you have a question about any OS/2 software, you are on right place to ask it.


General Discussion / Fun: We don't have that issues.
« on: June 22, 2016, 07:33:44 pm »
We don't have that issue with OS/2  :P

Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over His Webcam. Should You?

Applications / Qt Apps showing the Command Line. (QEdit and Taskbar)
« on: June 15, 2016, 07:55:11 pm »

I have an issue with some Qt applications that are graphical, but loads the command line.
For example, I'm attaching the picture of Tea that is workiing fine and QEdit that is showing a command line.

I don't know if it is a way of how the Qt application is compiled or something in the settings of my machine.

I also have this issue with Taskbar.


Programming / The OS/2 API Project at EDM/2
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:10:28 pm »

I'm going forward to continue helping on the EDM/2 wiki with the "The OS/2 API Project".  I want to try to complete the CPI, PM and any kernel functions for the API documentation.

But I have some doubts that I will like to validate because of my limited knowledge on OS/2 programming.

This is my first doubt.

I have this two functions "Dos32QueryCtryInfo" and "DosQueryCtryInfo" for example. Both are referenced from NLS.DLL and are part of the CPI API.

I would dare to say that they do something similar... "Obtains country-dependent formatting information that resides in the country file. "... but one is compiled on 32bits, but I really do not know about it.

I guess that it makes sense to document each function separately, but I really can not find much information about the "32" functions.

Any suggestions about it?


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