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Messages - Neil Waldhauer

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It's hard to make backup to a FAT32 drive work. The same drive with JFS will be stable.

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Applications / Re: Test build of dooble with qt5
« on: December 26, 2023, 03:11:53 pm »
It now remembers history here. That's a nice enhancement.
I find it doesn't really render more websites than Firefox, but I think that's because over years of using Firefox 45, I stopped visiting sites that don't render. Still, it's pretty disappointing that so few websites work.

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I have both editions, but there is little difference between them. I found it an easy way to learn a lot about writing OS/2 programs. After reading "Real World Programming for OS/2 2.1", the toolkit documentation and online sources are much easier to use.

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The book "Real-World Programming for OS/2 2.11" is a great source if you learn better from books.

I found VAC 3.0.8 to be better for building most old OS/2 programs than VAC 3.6.5. Really either is fine. If I was better at C++, I'd prefer GCC.

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Applications / Re: Panorama Maximum Resolution
« on: December 20, 2023, 03:16:08 pm »
I've been using 3840x2160 on most of my computers for about a year.

Connection: DisplayPort
Monitor: LG 30 inch monitor
Computers: Lenovo desktop and laptop models

For laptops without DisplayPort, I use a Lenovo USB-c to DisplayPort adapter cable
To see a list of supported resolutions, use panoutil -i

Supported resolutions are the result of a negotiation between BIOS and the monitor (and your graphics card, if you have one; I haven't used one for a long, long time)

We may want to survey monitors and list their capabilities in the OS/2 World Wiki.

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I know a lot of people here are like me and have never really used Windows. If you say like Windows 95, it is not clear to me what you are referring to.

One think I'd like is for the password widget to have a button to show/hide the password.

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Virtualization / Re: ATof - Usage - Programmer's IDEs and Editors
« on: December 11, 2023, 03:41:47 pm »
I found Visual Slickedit to be superior to Visual Studio years ago, even on Windows. Now Visual Studio supports languages that ArcaOS doesn't, but that still isn't relevant. Notepad++ and Visual Studio are likely lacking features to support OS/2 and the Workplace Shell.


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Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T14s 1st Gen - 20T1
« on: December 07, 2023, 02:48:25 pm »
My experience with Lenovo Thinkpad T14 was that it had an RJ45 Ethernet port. Perhaps all models do not have it. I had it before ArcaOS 5.1 came out, but after all the betas expired, so I did not take a testlog.

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I suggest that you post the entire testlog. It has other interesting information.

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Utilities / Re: touch?
« on: November 27, 2023, 03:23:41 pm »
if you have touch, perhaps you also have which? What is the result of

Code: [Select]
which touch
?

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I would like to see modern WiFi on ArcaOS. The WiFi needs to come on automatically. if it can't connect to the last known access point, then it needs to find one from the previously used points. If it can't find one of those, then it can allow the user to do something.

David A started to work on a driver arcitecture to be able to port drivers from FreeBSD for this or something like that, right? Didn't seem to be easy, but a basic driver for a certain chipset would be intreseting to see.
I haven't seen if there where progress, or if bumps in the road has appeared.

A bigger matter than the driver is to manage connecting to access points and managing security. David had commented that the network driver was done.
Focused on the way ArcaOS/2 behave to connect to access points and handle security is of course the next step.

Where are those drivers for wifi?
I've only seen drivers for ethernet.

Based a presentation from Warpstock 2021, I imagine they are in the AN labs. If you have a WiFi driver without the ability to connect to an access point, I'm not sure what use it would be. I don't see AN releasing a network driver that can't find a network.

I also think that XWLan was going to be the starting point for writing that software. I don't know if there has been any progress in the past two years. In a way, I'd prefer that GL.iNet was the starting point, but either one is a big project.

I think that USB Ethernet adapters took the same developer resources, and perhaps offers another route to WiFi support.

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I would like to see modern WiFi on ArcaOS. The WiFi needs to come on automatically. if it can't connect to the last known access point, then it needs to find one from the previously used points. If it can't find one of those, then it can allow the user to do something.

David A started to work on a driver arcitecture to be able to port drivers from FreeBSD for this or something like that, right? Didn't seem to be easy, but a basic driver for a certain chipset would be intreseting to see.
I haven't seen if there where progress, or if bumps in the road has appeared.

A bigger matter than the driver is to manage connecting to access points and managing security. David had commented that the network driver was done.

I want to see memory managed better, so that more memory is available to the system. Modern computers seen to have less memory available to OS/2 than 15 year old computers. Virtual Box offers 3.5 GB, better than any hardware ArcaOS that I have. The RAM disk in ArcaOS is admirable. I'd like to see it extended so that programs had some access to it more directly than file i/o to the RAM drive.

Modern applications seem to be designed to use up a lot of memory, something that follow over and can't be avoided when ported to this platform.
Wouldn't mind if someone could do magic how ArcaOS/2 use memory and pass on to applications.

Regards

I think you misunderstood my point. The hardware is taking more and more memory from the 32-bit address space. Of the 4 GB available, 2 GB or less remains on most recent systems. By comparison, Virtual Box leaves OS/2 nearly the entire 4 GB space.

You are right, though, about memory-hungry programs. I don't know how much longer one Chrome browser tab will fit into 32-bit address space.

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If you have ArcaOS 5.1, then you still have a software subscription. Go to the Arca Noae website, and open an support incident. Read the Wiki (the link is on the page to file a support incident. Someone will help you through.

If you were not under paid support, I'd be in favor of trying to solve the problem here.

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General Discussion / Re: OS/2 at Winworld?
« on: November 23, 2023, 03:24:56 pm »
They aren't legal, but they are also widely used.

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Rewriting Presentation Manager and OS/2 Video drawing to support OpenGL may be beyond our means.

Writing OpenGL to create a surface that is only used by Qt or even only used by the web browser might be easier. Leave the rest of OS/2 alone. It does not expect any OpenGl features anyway. What do you think?

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