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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:32:45 pm »
BTW, some of the Toolkit v4.52's icons look bad at 40x40 (OS/2 Sample Programs-folder). FWIW.

PM$tock's icon was a surprise too. 128x128, but possibly the worst resolution to view it. Rendered at 40x40 it's actually not that bad, but otherwise a weird and ugly mix of a detailed bar chart (volume), the text "DJI" drawn by hand, and too much green and transparent paint used to draw a line. As if it was designed to be rendered. I'll attach an ICONEDIT.EXE screenshot, for entertainment purposes only.

@David, you stated that circles were easy with your tools. Can you post 4, please? Width of the circle 40, 32, 20 and 16. Outlined or filled. If the color matters, then it's very dark brown. Almost black. I've got a 18x18 image source (BALL.PCX of the game Rebound), which is a 16x16 ball with a border. I want to use the shape of "perfect" circles, to compensate for the low-res look of the game. I can enlarge the ball myself, e.g. from 16x16 to 40x40, and next use the circles as a "paste target". I'll attach the 16x16 ball (with its border), but I'm willing to copy & paste myself.

@David/2, regarding circles and WhoIs: would it be possible to combine a plain-jain globe (simpler than the attached sample image, and without details like network connections) with a slightly larger interrobang character(s) to replace the question mark, mainly for size 40x40!? The question mark of the attached sample image doesn't work at 40x40. When we get rid of the global network connection, then the interrobang character(s) may express the "wtf ru!?". I like the concept, an unusual 3D globe with network connections and a 3D'ish ?-button, but there are too... many... details for 40x40. For one we may need a larger ?, and we may not be able to keep using the connections. Instead of the interrobang character(s) a black silhouette of a human spy may work too, as the background of a question mark.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:21:23 pm »
And a fixed, alternative NConvert icon file. If you have installed the NConvert WarpIN package, then copy any of the NConvert.ICO files to the directory of NCONVERT.EXE. Optionally assign the earlier folder icons to the folder of NConvert.

Icons can be mixed. Then the folder icon represents their brand or whole family of products, and the EXE's icon represents whatever you prefer: the family of products (wrong), or the different product XnConvert (wrong too). At 40x40 and smaller David's may work better. Mainly due to less original details, and it's not trying to look like a styled eye that hard.

In the end I first changed the transparent pixels to a color which somehow matched the preferred color of the border better, before resizing, which was easier to undo and fix than software interpreting transparency as white pixels.

Applications / Re: Firefox 45.9.0 can no longer play Youtube movies ?
« on: October 14, 2019, 02:38:01 pm »
Thanks; better safe than sorry, if it's worth a retest. I guess it may be. I haven't experimented myself, and followed the recommendations. Supporting both, for a selection of DLLs (e.g. XUL.DLL yes, HUNPEL0.DLL no), with InsTurbo should be almost trivial.

Applications / Re: Firefox 45.9.0 can no longer play Youtube movies ?
« on: October 14, 2019, 08:03:59 am »
The same is here. I always mark  data and code of FF to be loaded into HiMem  - so far it works ok.

Dave, do you want some DLLs with both being set, if you'd rate it as safe? It shouldn't be that hard to include (all) DLLs found in the FF/SM/TB directory tree, if that excludes generic DLLs (like e.g. HUNSPEL0.DLL) which could be used by 16-bit code in the future. It may be relatively small, but it may be worth implementing too.

Applications / Re: Firefox 45.9.0 can no longer play Youtube movies ?
« on: October 14, 2019, 07:35:55 am »
Recently I had to unload MOZTURBO and SMTUBRO before a shutdown (eCS, eCenter, INI files close to being corrupted), to make a moved desktop icon stick. FWIW and FTR.

That may be a false claim, based on one clear case which suggested a link. With several other systems this move had to be done step-by-step too. One of the steps still is unloading the turbo's, to make sure the system (xCenter not installed) will shutdown as clean and regular as possible, but apparently there's no link. I haven't tried to make the move stick without unloading the turbo's, because making the move stick was a PITA, but it's too unlikely that many INI files are close to being fatally corrupted.

Setup & Installation / Lower-cased ASSOCFILTER
« on: October 14, 2019, 07:22:04 am »
Is it possible to set a lower-cased ASSOCFILTER easily?

StarOffice, with installed WPS classes, sets its own ASSOCFILTER for some (but not all) of its file extensions. *.sdc, for example. But if an installer sets the same associations, then both *.sdc and *.SDC will appear as associations. The settings of the installer will be upper-cased. The same applies to typed associations. If you delete the lower-cased one and keep *.SDC, then *.sdc will reappear again after a reboot.

The practical solution is to not set the 5 upper-cased *.SD* ASSOCFILTERs, to end up with 5 lower-cased settings and 3 upper-cased settings, but I'm wondering if there's a way to lower-case specific new ASSOCFILTERs. So an installer can set all 8 ASSOCFILTERs, without having to delete 5 double entries afterwards. Unfortunately it's not as simple as finding a plain "sdc" in the WPS DLL and changing that to "SDC".

Utilities / Re: Color labels
« on: October 14, 2019, 06:58:32 am »
An untested and modified existing sample of a part of the .type EA route, FWIW, with one added line:

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/* REXX SetType.cmd */
/* only used during installation */
call RxFuncAdd 'SysLoadFuncs', 'REXXUTIL', 'SysLoadFuncs'
call SysLoadFuncs
parse arg fn

if left (fn,1)='"' then parse var fn '"' fn '"' .

/* set Sudoku .TYPE EA for the file */
type = 'Sudoku'
typeEA = 'DFFF00000100FDFF'x || d2c( length( type ) ) || '00'x || type
call SysPutEA fn, '.TYPE', typeEA

Associate the type with a single executable-file-with-an-own-icon, e.g. a SUDOKU.EXE.

Next associate the type with data files, like unsolved puzzles.

Finally create a SOLVED.CMD file with a SOLVED.ICO file, which changes the type of a data file from "Sudoku" to "SolvedPuzzle", with an icon which looks like a marked icon of SUDOKU.EXE.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 14, 2019, 05:17:38 am »
The NConvert ones are harder than expected

BTW: as stated earlier, there is no such thing as an original NConvert icon. There is an alternative, their XnConvert icon, but that's a different product. Difficulties have nothing to do with the center of the styled eye, so I'll continue to use their generic logo. Nevertheless here's XnConvert's, FWIW:

Utilities / Re: Color labels
« on: October 14, 2019, 05:03:15 am »
You can set a file's icon with the SysSetIcon function in the RexxUtil library.

He should be able to do that with OO.EXE, which may avoid or postpone a REXX.DLL crash. Setup string "ICONFILE=C:\FOO\BAR.ICO". A disadvantage can be that the original icon may be unknown. He wants to "mark" an existing icon, so this will only work if the existing icon is known and BAR.ICO is its marked version.

For example, you can assign the file type ScanMe to all files in a folder, and associate those ScanMe files with a VIR-SCAN.CMD file (and its matching VIR-SCAN.ICO file). Let VIR-SCAN.CMD scan the files and change the file's type from ScanMe to MarkAsScanned (or delete the file type EA, to restore an original icon). Untested and FWIW.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 13, 2019, 02:06:36 pm »
The NConvert ones are harder than expected, and need more work. With a bad monitor it still doesn't look alright... ???

Meanwhile here's a 128x128 PNG icon file for ScummVM, based on the 512x512 original icon file.

Utilities / Re: Color labels
« on: October 13, 2019, 01:56:35 pm »
a way to label (for example with a color) or mark (with an icon/image) a file like Mac does?
Maybe reading/setting a sort of EA?

I'm not aware of what a Mac does nor what it looks like, but you can use a file type to set an icon if the file name has no fixed pattern. You may need something in the middle to assign the right marked icon.

I can create a "PDF file" called "C:\I_hate_file_extensions!!!" with a PDF icon because of the file type (EA), but I'll need something extra to change the file type to "Printed PDF file" with a matching marked PDF icon later. Without using CGI to modify and replace an existing icon, that is.

Hardware / Re: HP Printer support
« on: October 11, 2019, 04:31:31 pm »
supporting at least one brand of printer is strategic, and HP is at least commonly sold in USA.

Presumably not only in the USA. Mine's a HP too, but with a classic parallel port (and matching port replicators) to avoid your issues.

Either way I'd support the concept of limiting the number of supported brands/models/types. Let's say 3 notebooks, 3 desktops and 3 servers per brand, with a choice of 3 "co-operative" brands (cheap, less cheap, professional). Renewed once in a while. That may be better than trying, but failing, to support *.* perfectly.

You may have to fund bww for now, but selecting a HP color printer for home users seems perfectly reasonable to me. We already cannot go to a random shop to buy random hardware, so it'll be a strategic choice to restrict ourselves to a few printers of a few brands. Like HP, which makes sense indeed. Even if I don't need your specific software solution.

Programming / Re: Suggestion to assess software portability to OS/2
« on: October 11, 2019, 01:57:50 pm »
I'd start by looking at the dependencies, here, under Linux.

The level or quality of the assessment is leading indeed. For the quickest assesment you could assume that there's no matching. documented OpenGL library for OS/2 yet, and stop. If I'm asking you to port something, because I don't have GCC installed, then you may stop right there. No OpenGL. A next level would be to check that the documentation is right. If so, then can OpenGL be ported. If so, quickly?

A starting point could be upgrading existing ports. A next step could be a port which requires a minor change (like replacing <win.h> by <os2.h>), or a port which requires a library you don't have installed yet (as you may have noticed, mister Ko tends to release several libraries, with source code and changes,  before releasing a new version of VLC, so you can assess what he's doing w.r.t. those required libraries).

If I'm requesting a port, then I'll take "Sorry, no OpenGL" as an answer. An example of all of the above may be Xpdf. You could try to port and release some of the EXEs of Xpdf easily, an assessment by compiling and an existing real request of me, but you can stop when Qt is involved and when it gets too difficult for a very quick "compile-only"port. Even for Elbert Pol.

Internet / Re: PMMail and EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE problem?
« on: October 11, 2019, 01:37:21 pm »
Today, I also discovered that doing an update, with ANPM (RPM/YUM), can cause DLLs to lose their settings to load high. ... It is probably a good idea to use the HIGHMEM utility to redo those settings after each update.

Yes, and of course the distribution method nor utility matters. With the ZIP files and without a @unixroot you'd probably be more aware of the issue of lost customized settings, because then there's nothing which hides the "complicated installation stuff" for you. I did see some firefox-highmem-45_9_0-1_oc00 file, but I couldn't care less which marked DLLs this distribution includes. Only the FF ones, like XUL.DLL, or all.

The under-(re)construction-installer for MozTurbo won't check DLLs to notice a changed setting, but it can be used to mark all qualifying DLLs again. Per relevant product (FF/SM/TB). Or use e.g. an own CMD file with ABOVE512.EXE or HIGHMEM.EXE indeed, to cover all relevant products with one CMD file.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:12:57 pm »
That's "By using (of) the Cairo library".

Which seems accurate.

bibliotheek is only for books?

I don't know how the Germans would translate library. "Erstellt mit der Cairo ..."?

Christian Hennecke translated it as, "Verwendet die Bibliothek Cairo."  Christian is a programmer so likely understands programming libraries.

Seems. "Met gebruikmaking van" (fixed expression, by using) and "gebruik van" (using) can (!) be as different as using drugs to chemically enhance your paint (applied usage), and using (consuming) drugs to paint.

Still yes, in IBM OS/2's Dutch. Again, just use "library", if anything to not introduce even more unusual words with the same technical meaning. Programmers will know what you mean. The Germs are more likely to translate words, while the cloggies can rightfully claim in the highest percentage of people in the EU with English as a second language. In OS/2 a bibliotheek is what you'll find in x:\OS2\HELP.

Google will translate "Verwendet die Bibliothek Cairo" as "maakt gebruik van de bibliotheek Cairo". The full context is still missing, so I don't know if "Using the Cairo libary" should be translated as "Met gebruikmaking van de Cairo library" or the slightly lesser "Maakt gebruikt van de Cairo library". The context still is key:

"(This is created) Met gebruikmaking van de Cairo library.", or "(It) Maakt gebruikt van de Cairo library." (not a proper sentence without something representing the "ït").

So don't be afraid to not translate "library", and next time please provide a context...  ;) Without a context we're still discussing a very simple text. Screenshot, sample sentence, ...

Christian's "verwendet" and "die Bïbliothek" seem okay. Verwendet also because it supports my "gebuikmaking"-proposal(s), and I cannot confirm nor deny that a German OS/2 refers to a library as a "Bibliothek". With a Dutch OS/2 a "bibliotheek" is a collection of digital books, while a "library"avoids all technical and linguistic discussions. Earlier I've translated something related to xCenter here, where you may have noticed that I hardly had to change anything. And there the context of (the unverifiable) "any CPU" was important. Pick any number (if it's 4 you'll win), any number is right, ...

Context, context, context. Some English words may even have an opposite meaning, in English. In this case you can see that "Gebruik van" as a source is wrong, because Christian guessed (or assumed, or verified) you meant "Met gebruikmaking van". Context, context, context. Not the possible error(s) of an existing word-by-word-by-word translation.

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