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Messages - Ian B Manners

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Applications / Re: A thought remote 2 local
« on: May 26, 2024, 11:37:57 am »
Hi Jan-Erik,

Similiar to Application As a Service (AAS)?

General Discussion / Re: Team OS/2
« on: March 21, 2024, 09:20:24 am »
I use to be on several OS/2 groups on LinkedIn but noticed I've been removed, on checking those groups still exist.
I do not think its due to being removed by those that run the groups as I note that I was also removed from IBM & NCR ex associate groups as well.

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 30, 2024, 12:47:12 pm »
After 32 years, one of the ’Net’s oldest software archives is shutting down

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 30, 2024, 09:25:34 am »

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 28, 2024, 02:36:55 pm »
Shame, my vote was with for the reasons you give.

I also agree having two upload sites is asking for problems, better to have one mirror the others incoming but you also run the risk of missing files when incoming is cleared. There are ways around this.

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 13, 2024, 07:06:00 am »
Hi Valery,

I stopped the mirroring, (unless someone asked me for FTP access with username access) as an entity was mirroring the website constantly, as in machine gun constant with a large number of IP's from different ranges - yes, it killed my link all the time. I would ban the IP's and they would pop up with a new collection of IP's from several ranges. This coupled with all the new search engines back then ignoring robots.txt etc, I decided I had better things to do with my time so I added limiting and blacklisting rules.

That being said, Roderick/Voice have hosted for the last couple of years now so it is no longer on an Australian HFC link :)

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 11, 2024, 01:06:53 pm »
replied  :)

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 10, 2024, 02:33:25 pm »
Hi Roderick,

I already send an email this morning to you as well Ian :-)
I send it to your gmail address.

ok, checked my gmail account, mostly full of rubbish as I rarely look at it, you are better off emailing me at ian@ the website :)
Have a lot to think about at present but limited time to do so.
Thinking it might be easier if I got paid hosting but that limits options as to software that I can use. I think I will have to maybe go the linux route locally for and mirror that to an external host, either way Roderick, your version of would then be able to be updated regularly though the preference is for your version to pull the updates from my version.

Martin, yes, I would keep the last version of hobbes that I have mirrored before I moved, the last version of hobbes as it would be the day before it is closed down, and a version that you would be free to update, modify etc.

I would simply add a date to the older versions of hobbes at so there would be a hobbes_2021 and hobbes_2024. Gives you an option to have the new location called Martin if you like :) Webservers have this wonderful thing called 'rewrite rules'.

General Discussion / Re: Hobbes Retirement
« on: January 09, 2024, 12:31:48 pm »
Maybe one idea will be to work on and try to find an upload mechanism for it.

Thinking about it.

Old website, old mirrors section, new website based on what you have done at hobbes that you have access to.
I do have a stable location now, with a fixed IP and rev delegation.

I did continue updating my copy of for a while but wasn't able to update which is hosted by Roderick since I moved as my is OS/2 server based and Rodericks is Nix based.

It is easy enough to enable file viewing under Apache with SFTP access to update the files, bit harder to add descriptions though Apache does allow file generic descriptions.

Anyways, I will update my offline hobbes mirror shortly, and going into the hobbes close down date. Just got to blow the dust off my server and plug it in again...
Might look at trying to put on linux here as Roderick has done, then maybe Roderick could mirror the new instead.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: July 26, 2023, 10:57:25 am »
Have you tried 'unzip lucent.exe' ?
Often a lot of self extracting archives can be unlzh, unzipped etc.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Car rides etc, was Re: Qt6 Development
« on: May 08, 2023, 02:55:53 am »
Maltese - Jack Russell cross
Bad cataracts but still enjoys his walks everyday

Off Topic discussions / Re: Car rides etc, was Re: Qt6 Development
« on: May 06, 2023, 03:54:09 pm »
I've been driving a Volvo T5 with updated ECU (243 horsepower) for 30 years now, great road car for long distance travel from one side of Australia to the other, as much as Volvo Australia would like to make it vanish... it still lives.

The front leather seat belonged to my now departed cat, the back leather seats belong to my 18 year old dog.

ie, mentions cars, and we might end up with some serious sidetracking so I thought I would move your post to its own thread :)

Article Discussions / Re: OS/2 for Mach 20 - Final Collectors Item?
« on: May 04, 2023, 12:25:37 pm »
The sales numbers sound 'about' the same...

Hardware / Re: AHCI and Virtualbox
« on: April 16, 2023, 02:46:34 pm »
Thanks for that insight Paul :)
I've been letting VirtualBox use all 12 cores, think I'll try it with one core as it's really just for PMMail anyway.

Added: Adding /MAXCPU=1 in the config.sys works, where as letting VirtualBox only use 1 CPU does not. Thanks Paul :)

Programming / Re: Have you tested any of the new Qt 6 builds?
« on: April 04, 2023, 02:59:17 pm »
Looks like I cant send email to a lot of places again, so..

Hi Paul,

> Next time you're passing through Adelaide, sing out. It would
> be good to catch up - I think last time was a Melbourne PCUG
> in 2002-2003 which happened to line up with some business
> travel.

Thought about contacting you about 3 weeks ago but also thought
I would be getting to Adelaide late, will keep it in mind for next
time. Ditto if your ever over Perth way.

Toes, and foot arches are bad to break..
Hope all goes well with the surgery.


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