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Messages - André Heldoorn

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Applications / Re: AOS RAM Disk
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:05:40 pm »
Each physical process still only accesses 4 GB of virtual addresses

Not anymore, see the previous link to Wikipedia.

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Applications / Re: AOS RAM Disk
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:14:45 pm »
I always thought, it is a 4 GB, not 4 MB limit. Am I not right?
You may not be right indeed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibibyte... :P

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Setup & Installation / Re: New to ArcaOS, need some help.
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:48:29 pm »
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this is a problem with all versions of OS/2 and newer computers. An old video card should work fine.
Thanks, no experience with eCS 1.x hardware <= 8 years. Apparently it's related to hardware, and not to e.g. newer drivers or ArcaOS. The work-around is both nice-to-have and a negative surprise. The latter depending on where you're coming from.

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Utilities / Re: DO.EXE new version commandline utility 1.99
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:53:39 pm »
[quoteIs DO.EXE a wise name for your utility?[/quote]
Possibly not in an environment with an embedded Classis Rexx interpreter or CMD.EXE's FOR, to answer that question.

The user may be one typo anway from formatting a drive (virtual sample):
Code: [Select]
/* Number of column headers*/
format=4

'DO format
    CALL CharOut '','---------'
END

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Setup & Installation / Re: New to ArcaOS, need some help.
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:35:25 pm »
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What are negative surprises or disadvantages of ArcaOS, compared to Warp 4 or eCS 1.x?


I'm sure other variants exist, but Excel for DOS generally does not fail because of a difference between Warp4, eCS and ArcaOS.
In what way does Excel for DOS represent negative surprises, disadvantages (i.e. unexpected bad differences) of "ArcaOS", compared to e.g. Warp 4!?

The other day I've read about a video driver-related issue releated to windows DOS/Win-OS/2 sessions, and after a full install of OS and all apps it would be a negative surprise that e.g. a DOS window would stop working. I'm not familiar with ArcaOS at all, but it would be nice to know that e.g. not selecting a default faster Panorama video driver takes care of that.

Just preparing... Excel for Windows 3.x is just an example of an app which users may want to see working in a windowed session (not full screen), which happens to be the default setup here. Unchanged apps may outrank faster video; I'm not collectig disadvantages as such.

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Setup & Installation / Re: New to ArcaOS, need some help.
« on: September 15, 2018, 12:27:16 pm »
What are negative surprises or disadvantages of ArcaOS, compared to Warp 4 or eCS 1.x? You may assume the use of unspecified hardware with more than one CPU core, but do keep Warp 4 or eCS 1.x (e.g. also no USB 3-support) in mind.

I wouldn't rate having to select a slower generic eCS video driver to keep full DOS-windows support as a disadvantage, but it's nice to know that a newer, faster, default video driver is an implied "negative surprise". One may not like to fully install a system, and then find out that Excel doesn't work in s windowed session anymore.

Please no positive surprises nor hardware-specific negative surprises. I'm wondering about generic changes.

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Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:15:27 am »
I do see 5.1.8.7 along with this tidbit,
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Notice: you may need to open about:config and set your xpinstall.signatures.required preference to false in order to install, since Mozilla doesn't support signatures for legacy add-ons anymore.
And doing that allowed me to update it in FF.
Thanks, the overlooked FF setting works here too. I'm used to manual updates, if anything to check what the latest old version is. This time SM updated itself, but 5.1.8.7 is the first version which required changing this FF setting. And perhaps the last versoin, albeit september 2018 is a changed end-of-service date for our FF/SM. IIRC this date was june or july.

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Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:18:22 am »
Is there a specific reason why SM can import (or auto-update) NoScript 5.1.8.7, but FF cannot? Its minimal required FF version is 45.0, and 5.1.8.6 works with FF.

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Programming / Re: Capture window that extend beyond the active desktop
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:40:16 pm »
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But you did try what I suggested?

Would you please help me write the code to merge multiple captured images together and exclude black areas?

What did you suggest? Or are you trying to say that you can capture all desktops, but that cropping and merging is the problem?

I don't know what you mean by "exclude black areas"? Surely you don't want me to write yours (no GCC DLLs, 1.5 supported different bitmap file formats, exactly 1 desktop size-related API in use), and I'd consider using NCONVERT or tools like that. If you cannot calculate which part of each bitmaps you need, then features like its crop or autocrop (cropping) and watermark (merging) may be helpful somehow. And I was just saying that ePager isn't involved, a.o. based on the desktops' background.

A reason why I'm supporting 1.5 file formats is that other software does a good job. I do use code to "exclude areas of a specific color", but that should be quite simple with a bitmap and it's probably a different type of cropping. Software other than NCONVERT may even be better, but I stopped looking after seeing its features.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:06:32 pm »
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Having worked at Mensys on eCS 1.2R it was released in English, Italian and German. The Italian version might have been 1.2 and not 1.2R.  eCo software created an eCS 1.2R Russian.

This is where the first fun starts, updating the pack files in the correct directories.
So elves don't exist... Of course I want the missing one, albeit an informal 1.2R may be restricted to e.g. Dani-updates and a newest kernel (just the basic stuff to support hardware newer than Pentium 4s).

I do use the official, full 1.2R English too, but only to install the English toolkit. Its 1.2R installer works. I don't like the concept of mixing languages (e.g. Korean FP6 and English FP15), so I never considered using a 1.2R CD. Which may be too old by now anyway.

Other people have already reported that updating a 1.2 or 1.2R release is possible in theory, but that this route matches the one described by you. Easier said than done. I was hoping for elves with an own informal update, a 1.2R or 1.2S, without each user having to re-invent that wheel. Hence the question. Thank you for your efforts.

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Setup & Installation / Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:13:36 pm »
Apparently creating bootable, updated OS CD is quite hard. Are there informal eCS 1.2R releases for OS languages which have no official eCS 1.2R release (which shoudl work with more than one core), just like there's an informal Korean Warp 4 FP15 FixPak?

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Programming / Re: Capture window that extend beyond the active desktop
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:05:38 pm »
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Enlarge your Firefox/Seamonkey window over 2 or more XPager pages, the more the better.
FWIW: any small window in one of the corners can include 4 desktops, and those desktops can be out of range for ePager. With a smaller window it's easier to see that the background images changes, unlike ePager's mode of operation, at least with my default install of eCS 1.2 with the default desktop background settings.

FWIW/2: most sample images weren't that clear, because black was also the background color of space.

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Programming / Re: Capture window that extend beyond the active desktop
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:57:09 pm »
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XPager or XWP are not involved.
Exactly. With ePager and a small window in the bottom right corner, the background changes and ePager disappears. Sending magic keystrokes to ePager's window isn't the magic solution. With ePager-switches the desktop background image remains the same, and you can always see the ePager window.

Presumably PMView calculates where the window is, switches to those desktops by itself, and merges the images indeed.

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Between my Qt Favorites there are:
- QpdfView
- Taskbar

Unfortunately not that many new/updated Qt apps over here, because of the assumed Unix directory structures. The Great Divide/2. Directory structures of the original packages, most likely. Some of the OSes of the subject do have such a structure, and some don't. If not, then MKDIR should still work, but MKDIR won't solve a.o. disk full-errors (and e.g. matching BIOS restrictions).

QpdfView sounds like something worth having, votes +1, albeit I have no true favorites, but installing and using it is "not realistic" because it isn't OS/2'ified enough. Votes +1, users -1. A consequence of the respected freedom of choice, and OS/2'ification may be a lot of work.

The number of mentioned Qt apps is less than it could/should have been. With a Qt5-based browser, by users of eCS 2 DE/EN or newer, the difference would have been more clear. I do have QNetWalk (users +1), for example, but not the improved latest version "for Unix". As such Qt apps will be more popular than stats will show, including QpdfView. Hence votes +1.

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You can mention native, ported, close source, open source, freeware, java, DOS, Win16 or even odinized applications.

NSFW. Not complete, including a few dupes, not always clear (OFF43NL.ZIP = MS Office 4.3), almost everything somehow in use, and so on. The last section, format "X - Y", is based on install scripts. Apps with an own Rexx install script may be missing.

No begging, please.

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