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Utilities / Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:33:57 am »

A month ago I tried this Japanese software (from 1997) called ANIBOOT, since I did not believe it was possible to have an animation on the OS/2 boot. But I tried it and it worked. For what I tested it only works on Warp 4.0 (no newer) in Japanese language.

Here it is the video running it on a Virtual Machine:

Sadly, the author told me he left the source code at IBM when leaving.


Article Discussions / Qt 5 version 5.13.1 OS/2 Beta 1
« on: October 28, 2019, 03:13:57 pm »
Congratulations to Bitwise works on this new milestone.

I'm looking forward to try Qt5 and I hope to get more time to play with Qt Designer.


General Discussion / Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:43:51 pm »

"Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups

Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site. Beginning October 21, you won't be able to upload any more content to the site, and as of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. You'll have until that date to save anything you've uploaded."
- Source

I'm looking for alternatives on how to save the data from the OS/2 - eComStation related groups.

I had connected to the "Yahoo Privacy Dashboard - " to download whatever I can. It says it may take up to 30 days to generate the backup for me to download.

According to my Yahoo Group account I'm registered to:
mysql-os2, ISPLI, SETI-WARP, os2ddprog, eComStation, os2user, clubos2, OS2-OCR

If there are other OS/2 related yahoo groups please let me know.

Once I got the backup I will check if it is useful or not.


Article Discussions / Thanks again - Warpstock 2019 Trip
« on: October 12, 2019, 05:21:36 pm »
Dear Community.

Once again I need to thank the community for helping raising the funds to assist to Warpstock 2019. I will do my best to video stream the event and help locally with the organization. I'm only missing $100 of my goal but I guess it eventually covered on the following days.

--- Off Topic ---
From the personal side, I'm sorry to inform you that these days had been hard in Ecuador because of the local protests against the government. It started as a indigenous protest because the government remove the subsidy to gasoline (to everyone), but now it looks more like a communist protest to try to remove the president and let the old one (that ruled for 10 years) return. Even that my family and I are not in present danger, the stress that this situation produced since October 3 is not good. Since oct 3 people in Quito can not do their normal activities like going to school, work, grocery shop, or even going out to the movies. Every activity is interrupted by checking constantly the status of the protest and evaluating if there is going to be any danger returning home.

Let's hope this situation improves on the next weeks, but please understand if I am "out my nerves" on these days.


Programming / Suggestion to assess software portability to OS/2
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:57:28 pm »

I have a question for people with more experience porting and developing OS/2 software.
Are there any suggestions on how to assess how portable to OS/2 can an application be ??

For example, when I see an open source software, like OBS Studio, it is hard to find which libraries does it depends on to see if it is portable or not. Is there something you suggest to try to spot quickly how portable it is?


Applications / Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 05, 2019, 04:02:34 pm »

I'm trying to install Timidity MCD, since I want MIDI emulation on MMOS2. I remember that I used it on the past.
It is installed with the Multimedia Installer, but on ArcaOS minstall (from Kiewitz) it is giving me an error.

"timidmcd.scr:6] String is too big.
Return-Code 8 (CID: Success, error (s) logged)

Is there something you suggest to change on timidmcd.scr ? Or any other way to get MIDI emulation on MMOS2 ?


Here it is an interesting article:

Today, however, Microsoft announced that it is supporting the addition of exFAT to the Linux kernel and publishing the technical specifications for exFAT.

In addition to wanting it to become part of the Linux kernel, Microsoft also says that it hopes that the exFAT specs will become part of the Open Invention Network’s  Linux definition.

If this is actually true and not a trick, it may solve our issue on why the FAT32 project got forked by Arca Noae. Since the FAT32 project (Netlabs / Valerius) included exFAT support, AN didn't want any reference to it because of the risk on getting sue by Microsoft.  Now it may change, let's see how things evolve on this subject.


Applications / Turning ArcaOS into Warp Server
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:45:39 pm »

I don't have much experience with Warp Server, but I understand it is the same OS as OS/2 with more components.

Can someone with more experience list the components and/or application that were the thing that made the difference on Warp Server?
Did anybody tried the experiment on running those components on ArcaOS?

I only have curiosity on this, it is not that I have a current necessity for this.



Just for the fun of it I wanted to install Warp 3 - Red spine - r9.023 (Correction:8.162) on VirtualBox (Windows Host).
I set up the VM with 64 RAM (and also 32), and created an 500HD disk first and later an 125MB HDD. Fdisk was able to view the disk and partition it without problems.

But I'm getting this error when reading the disk #2.  (attached image) and I can not continue with the installation process. I get the "Setup installation detected an internal error (03)"

Any suggestions about this "Blast from the past" ?


Hardware / OS/2 and the Mainframe
« on: September 11, 2019, 10:53:58 pm »

This is a topic that just today crossed my mind by checking twitter.

Event that I tried to document my findings on the Wiki, (Category:Mainframe), I still have some doubts and I lack information.

My interest is only from the OS/2 perspective on how it is connected to the mainframe, which drivers OS/2 requires and which software it runs.

I have these questions:
1) Which are the "Support Element" software versions that runs on OS/2 ?
2) Some Mainframes came with a Thinkpad with OS/2 preloaded, how it is connected physically to the mainframe? Serial/Parallel/PCMCIA/Network?
3) Some other mainframes came with a PC with OS/2 (I think it is called HMC -  Hardware Management Console ). how it is connected physically to the mainframe?
4) I don't think I can find a list of which mainframe models used to be compatible with OS/2's HMC, but I will like to build one.  I only have the Multiprise 3000 and the IBM z890 on my list, if someone remember some other model that has OS/2's HMC or know where to get this information, please let me know.


Off Topic discussions / It was fun !!
« on: September 10, 2019, 02:33:22 am »

Applications / About bldlevel
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:14:33 pm »

I have some questions related to the bldlevel command.

1) Do you know some other tools that allows me to see/extract the bldlevel information from files beside bldlevel.exe?

2) Is there any way to include the bldlevel information to an executable that does not have it? Can it only be done while compiling the binary? or can it be applied to binary where you don't have the source code.


Article Discussions / Qt 5 Base for OS/2
« on: August 14, 2019, 06:03:00 pm »

Qt5 first release is now available for download. It is not yet on the netlabs repository, but on the netlabs experimental repository. (I don't know the rules on when it is going to be on the normal repository).

I had installed as suggested: "yum install qt5-qtbase-examples" and rebooted.

I think it would be great if the community can start testing it out, reporting bugs/issues (I guess here), testing software, and even dreaming what Qt5 open source can be ported to OS/2. But it is also important to help funding this project (webshop or via Patreon page).


Applications / Generating an image of an HPFS HDD.
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:21:02 pm »
Hi. I'm lookig for some advice here.

I have someone  (far away from me) that has an old ATA hard drive formatted in HPFS, only the hard drive. I want him to extract an image of that HDD and send it over me so I can check the contents with some OS/2 virtual machine.

What software (preferable freeware) do you suggest to generate an exact image of an HPFS drive from Windows or Linux, since this person do not longer has OS/2? Any format that you suggest for the image, should it be a RAW image?


Applications / Revisiting old OS/2 Software.
« on: July 06, 2019, 04:26:42 pm »

I was bored yesterday and I did some old testing of the OS/2 clock apps I was able to find at hobbes.

At the end I produced these pages on the wiki:
My idea was to just quickly post a screenshot of the software and some basic information.

If someone wants to do something similar, like revising some utilities, calculators, screensavers, etc, etc... remember that you can use the wiki or post pictures here (on the forum) and I will try my best to organize those on the wiki. Maybe someday we will accomplish the idea to have at least one wiki page for each OS/2 application :)


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