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Applications / Lotus 123 DOS version
« on: July 21, 2020, 02:56:00 am »
Does anyone run this? I know it does NOT run on a recent machine running ArcaOS, but how old does the machine have to be before Lotus 123 DOS will run?

This issue is DOS support. I know there is a project at Arca Noae for refreshed DOS support, but it isn't ready today.

General Advertisements / ArcaOS DVD and bootable USB stick available
« on: June 07, 2020, 02:52:57 pm »
ArcaOS 5.0.5 is included with your valid ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription at no additional charge. To download your fresh ISO, simply visit your Arca Noae customer portal page, select the Orders & Subscriptions link on the navigation panel to the left, then click on the order for your ArcaOS license. Once there, click the download link to request a fresh ISO, and wait for your notification email.

If your ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription has already expired, and you missed your window of opportunity to renew at regular rates, you may still renew at less than the cost of a new ArcaOS license.

Arca Noae sells only digital versions of ArcaOS. If you want a DVD or USB stick version, you can make your own. Instructions are provided with ArcaOS.

If you would rather buy the DVD or USB stick, Blonde Guy has plenty of them on hand. See the following link to shop for ArcaOS on DVD or USB stick. International shipping is now available.

Applications / OpenOffice 4.1.7 gives error on startup
« on: May 04, 2020, 04:07:20 am »
With WarpIN now working, I've got OpenOffice installed. Yum has installed all prerequisites. Yet, I'm seeing the attached error message.

The DLL mentioned, G:\OpenOffice417\program\deploy.dll exists on disk, 576k, date 1/27/20.

Applications / WarpIN: Exception on Main thread
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:45:13 pm »
On a remote system, I get a message when I run WarpIN (see attachment)

The log contains nothing special. The WarpIN directory is on the PATH and LIBPATH which is normal on an eCS 1.2r system. All the files seem to be from version 1.0.22.

Removing the database files didn't help. This copy of WarpIN successfully installed OpenOffice 4.1.3 a few years ago. According to the log, nothing has happened since then.

Hardware / ArcaOS freezes on IBM Thinkpad T43
« on: April 20, 2020, 04:54:23 am »
I am perplexed how I might track this down. The T43 is actually supported under MCP. So I installed ArcaOS without any options and used APM instead of ACPI.

The machine freezes when the mouse hovers over a PM widget. Not every time, but I use a lot of PM programs, most of which are almost entirely made of PM widgets. I can type on command line all day it seems.

Web applications / Firefox creates PLUGIN-CONTAINER.EXE processes
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:15:41 am »
I have a customer's screen print of TOP, and it shows six separate processes for PLUGIN-CONTAINER.EXE They all take a bunch of resources. What's the best way to stop this from happening?

Storage / How to make a disk drive for a distant computer
« on: March 20, 2020, 05:18:22 pm »
I want to make a disk drive and mail it to another computer user 3000 miles away. In the past, I have tried this, but the computer will not boot from the drive. BIOS sees the drive, but the OS/2 boot blob never shows.

I sent a DFSee partition image to the remote site, and they restored it using DFSee for Windows. But when it installs, there is no joy. I made the image on a very much newer computer. There must be a better way to send a disk or partition image.

How can I be sure the remote computer will boot from that hard drive?

Setup & Installation / Network support on ArcaOS installation DVD
« on: February 19, 2020, 03:26:01 am »
If I boot a computer from the ArcaOS installation DVD, it will support a limited number of network cards. Here is the list:

   Title = "Broadcom BCM4401 MAC driver"
   Title = "ADMtek Comet/Centaur Another MAC driver"
   Title = "Intel 2104x/2114x 10/100 mbps Ethernet Controller"
   Title = "NSC DP83815 Another MAC driver"
   Title = "NSC DP83820 Another MAC driver"
   Title = Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
   Title = "Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Driver (MultiMac32-E1000B) for OS/2"
   Title = "Intel PRO/1000 PCIe Driver (Multimac16-E1000E) for OS/2"
   Title = Intel(R) PRO/1000 Chipset 8086 107C
   Title = Intel(R) PRO/100 Network Connection
   Title = "3Com Fast EtherLink/EtherLink XL Family OS/2"
   Title = "3Com EtherLink III PC Card OS/2"
   Title = "3Com EtherLink III LAN+Modem PC Card for OS2 v1.5 - Card Services"
   Title = IBM 10/100 EtherJet CardBus Adapter
   Title = "IBM PCI Ethernet Adapter Driver [IBMEANDI.OS2]"
   Title = "IBM EtherJet PC Card Ethernet Adapter (IBMEXNDI.OS2)"
   Title = "IBM FDDI-FI Adapter Device Driver"
   Title = IBM 10/100 EtherJet PCI Adapter (OS/2)
   Title = IBM 1000BaseT Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (OS/2)
   Title = IBM 1000BaseSX Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (OS/2)
   Title = IBM Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (OS/2)
   Title = "IBM Auto LANStreamer PCI Adapter (IBMMPC.OS2)"
   Title =  IBM miniPCI PRISM 2.5 Wireless Card
   Title = "IBM T-R Shared RAM Family (UP/SMP, IBMTOK.OS2)"
   Title = "IBM Compatible Token-Ring Network Adapter (IBMTOK.OS)"
   Title = "IBM Turbo 16/4 Token-Ring PC Card (IBMTOKCS.OS2)"
   Title = "IBM T-R Busmaster Server Adapter (IBMTRBM.OS2)"
   Title = "IBM PCI and CardBus Token-Ring Adapters (IBMTRP.OS2)"
   Title =  IBM High Rate Wireless LAN PC Card-128
   Title = "Intel TokenExpress(TM) Network Server Adapter"
   Title = "Kingston TokenRx 16/4 Token-Ring Adapter (IBMTOK.OS2)"
   Title = "Kingston EtheRx PCI Ethernet Network Adapter"
   Title = "Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Adapter (APIC)"
   Title = Madge Token-Ring Adapter
   Title = "Attansic Technology Corp, L2 FastEthernet NIC driver (MultiMac32-MMAE) for OS/2"
   Title = "Atheros AR813x/AR815x PCIe Ethernet NIC driver (MultiMac32-MMALC) for OS/2"
   Title = "Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCIe Ethernet NIC driver (MultiMac32-MMALE) for OS/2"
   Title = "Broadcom BCM4401 Fast Ethernet driver (MultiMac32-MMBFE) for OS/2"
   Title = "Broadcom BCM57xx(x)/BCM590x NetXtreme and NetLink family Ethernet driver (MultiMac32-MMBGE) for OS/2"
   Title = "Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection Driver (MultiMac32-MMIGB) for OS/2"
   Title = "Intel(R) PRO/1000 Legacy Network Driver (MultiMac32-MMLEM) for OS/2"
   Title = "Marvell Yukon II Ethernet controller driver (MultiMac32-MMMSK) for OS/2"
   Title = "RealTek 8139C+/8169/8169S/8110S/8168/8111/8101E PCI driver (MultiMac32-MMRE) for OS/2"
   Title = " No Network Adapter"
   Title = "IBM NULL MAC Driver"
   Title = "NVIDIA MAC Driver (MultiMac16-NVETH) for OS/2"
   Title = "Olicom Token-Ring PCMCIA Card"
   Title = "IBM Credit Card Adapter for Ethernet with NDIS support (PCMNICCS.OS2)"
   Title = "AMD PCNet Ethernet Family Adapter"
   Title = "Realtek Gigabit 8111/8168/8169 driver (MultiMac32-R8169) for OS/2"
   Title = "Realtek 8019 ISA Plug and Play Ethernet Adapter"
   Title = "RTL8029 PCI Ethernet Adapter"
   Title = "Realtek 8129 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter"
   Title = "Realtek 8139/8130/810x Fast Ethernet Adapter"
   Title = "Racore 16/4 Token-Ring Adapter"
   Title = "SiS900 Another MAC driver"
   Title = "SysKonnect SK-9E21D and SK-9521 v2.0 Adapter"
   Title = "SMC TokenCard Elite Master32 for OS/2 (SMC8332.OS2)"
   Title = "Tamarack tmi TC9021 MAC Adapter"
   Title = "Thomas-Conrad Tropic Token-Ring Network Adapter (IBMTOK.OS2)"
   Title = "3Com 3C3X9 PCI Token Ring Adapter"
   Title = "3Com TokenLink III Network Adapters (IBMTOK.OS2)"
   Title = "3Com TokenLink III PC Card Adapter - OS/2"
   Title = "SMC TokenCard Elite for OS/2 (SMC 8115)"
   Title = "USB ETHeRnet Adapter"
   Title = "VIA VT86C100A Rhine Another MAC driver"
   Title = "VIA VT6102 Rhine2 Another MAC driver"
   Title = "VIA VT6105 Rhine3 Another MAC driver"
   Title = "VIA VT612x Velocity MAC driver"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 10/100/1000 [8086:101E]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 2100 Wlan [8086:1043]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 10/100/1000 [8086:1076]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 10/100 [8086:1229]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 2200 Wlan [8086:4220]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 3945 a/b/g [8086:4222]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 2915 a/b/g [8086:4223]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 2915 a/b/g [8086:4224]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 3945 a/b/g [8086:4227]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 4965 a/g/n [8086:4229]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Intel 4965 a/g/n [8086:4230]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell 802.11 b/g [11AB:1FA6]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell 802.11 b/g [11AB:1FA7]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8001 [11AB:4320]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8052 [11AB:4360]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8050 [11AB:4361]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8053 [11AB:4362]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8055 [11AB:4363]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Marvell Yukon 88E8056 [11AB:4364]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper ASUS Wlan RT2400 [1814:0101]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0301]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0302]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper GN-WI01GS RT61 [1814:0401]"
   Title =  "GenMac Wrapper Rtl 8180 Wlan [10EC:8180]"

Internet / Google search problem
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:59:35 am »
I'm hoping to get some help figuring out a problem I have with Google search.

If I search for the term "OS/2 Consulting", the Blonde Guy consulting page comes up as item number one. If I click on it in Firefox (SUa2) for OS/2, nothing happens. If I click on it in Safari for iPhone, the page comes up as expected.

What is going on?

Hardware / PCIe parallel port card
« on: December 16, 2019, 06:23:59 pm »
I've got an IOCrest PCI-Express parallel port card WCH 382 which I wanted to use for a second parallel port.

I think this ought to work with PRINT01.SYS, but so far, I do not have any success. I use /V so I can see the one parallel port, but no second port appears, so I guess the card is not recognized.

I have tried the updated driver on OS/2 World

I have attached a pci output for the computer.

General Discussion / OS/2 Article on Ars Technica
« on: November 29, 2019, 06:07:39 pm »
There is a long article on OS/2 in Ars Technica

It was a cloudy Seattle day in late 1980, and Bill Gates, the young chairman of a tiny company called Microsoft, had an appointment with IBM that would shape the destiny of the industry for decades to come.

He went into a room full of IBM lawyers, all dressed in immaculately tailored suits. Bill’s suit was rumpled and ill-fitting, but it didn’t matter. He wasn’t here to win a fashion competition.

Over the course of the day, a contract was worked out whereby IBM would purchase, for a one-time fee of about $80,000, perpetual rights to Gates’ MS-DOS operating system for its upcoming PC. IBM also licensed Microsoft’s BASIC programming language, all that company's other languages, and several of its fledging applications. The smart move would have been for Gates to insist on a royalty so that his company would make a small amount of money for every PC that IBM sold.

But Gates wasn’t smart. He was smarter.

In exchange for giving up perpetual royalties on MS-DOS, which would be called IBM PC-DOS, Gates insisted on retaining the rights to sell DOS to other companies. The lawyers looked at each other and smiled. Other companies? Who were they going to be? IBM was the only company making the PC. Other personal computers of the day either came with their own built-in operating system or licensed Digital Research’s CP/M, which was the established standard at the time.

Gates wasn’t thinking of the present, though. “The lesson of the computer industry, in mainframes, was that over time people built compatible machines,” Gates explained in an interview for the 1996 PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds. As the leading manufacturer of mainframes, IBM experienced this phenomenon, but the company was always able to stay ahead of the pack by releasing new machines and relying on the power of its marketing and sales force to relegate the cloners to also-ran status.

The personal computer market, however, ended up working a little differently. PC Cloners were smaller, faster, and hungrier companies than their mainframe counterparts. They didn’t need as much startup capital to start building their own machines, especially after Phoenix and other companies did legal, clean-room, reverse-engineered implementations of the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) that was the only proprietary chip in the IBM PC’s architecture. To make a PC clone, all you needed to do was put a Phoenix BIOS chip into your own motherboard design, design and manufacture a case, buy a power supply, keyboard, and floppy drive, and license an operating system. And Bill Gates was ready and willing to license you that operating system.

[follow the link for the rest of the story]

General Advertisements / ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:14:59 pm »

Blonde Guy is now offering ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay. This is intended to make the English language ArcaOS DVD available outside the USA and Canada.

ArcaOS 5.0 Commercial DVD including 12 months of support.

ArcaOS 5.0 Personal DVD including 6 months of support.

ArcaOS 5.0 (Media only) DVD If you already have an ArcaOS license, you can send me the URL of the .ISO.

Hardware / HP Printer support
« on: October 11, 2019, 03:48:15 pm »
The support in Cups for HP printers has been very good. But it's getting stale. If I look at printers in retail outlets or on-line, I'm no longer seeing support.

I'm looking at two consumer-grade color laser printers. These printers are cheap to buy, but expensive to buy new toner, which is appropriate for a home or business with modest printing needs.

The HP printer driver is called hplip, and we have version 3.17.11-1 at Netlabs, which can be installed by RPM/YUM.

My old M252dw has been replaced by M254dw, and needs 3.18.5 or later. The slightly fancier M454dw needs 3.19.6 or later.

I don't know how difficult it is to port the hplip software, but supporting at least one brand of printer is strategic, and HP is at least commonly sold in USA. They are also good at recycling used toner cartridges.

Applications / Polarbar Mailer
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:28:07 pm »
This was a great mailer, based on Post Road Mailer for OS/2. Long abandoned, it is now under development again.

However, it requires a minimum of Java 11, and on OS/2 we have OpenJDK 6. So I think it's not needed to put up news on OS/2 World about Polarbar Mailer for now.

Programming / NetRexx on OS/2
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:41:23 pm »
We keep on having announcements. The screen shot is from 3.04, the current release is 3.08.

Running 3.08 is unchanged from 3.06. Is there some way to run NetRexx on OS/2 that I overlooked?

java -jar NetRexxF.jar -exec hello
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: org/eclipse/j
dt/internal/compiler/tool/EclipseCompiler : Unsupported major.minor version 51.0
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(
        at Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
        at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
        at org.netrexx.process.NetRexxC.process(
        at org.netrexx.process.NetRexxC.main2(
        at org.netrexx.process.NetRexxC.main2(
        at org.netrexx.process.NetRexxC.main2(
        at org.netrexx.process.NetRexxC.main(

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