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Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:02:44 pm »
I know people who only use OS/2 for the DOS support

Dropping DOS has no use, and not just because DOSBox' video is too slow for e.g. more modern DOS games indeed. AN itself used Win-OS/2 to promote the OS, by using the news' story of broken legacy Windows 3.1 hardware of a French airport. It's an unique selling of point of our OS. People wanting to stop using "outdated" Windows 3.1 software, while still caring about Windows software, will have "moved on" to Windows 95, in the 90s of OS/2. As stated earlier, it's a niche market. It makes no sense to try to ignore a niche market by pointing to a larger, different market. Yes, Windows 10, commercial clouds and multicore CPUs are newer than the French airport's old shit of the OS/2 2.1 era. So what? I can even think of one important reason to not drop support for slow modem connections of the 80s. :)

Setup & Installation / Re: Thinkpad T41 and wireless connection
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:26:40 pm »
In my opinion it would be better to simply deinstall XWLAN. Remove or edit the key entries from the *.INI files by using regedit2 search for "Wireless LAN Monitor". It should list 3 interfaces in your case: E100B or E1000 for LAN, PRISMC for the PC Card and the WRND32 for GenMac wrapper. And reinstall XWLAN in the worst case.

Understood, thank you. A Pentium 4 (different MiniPCI WLAN adapter) with nearly an identical setup never had the problem, so e.g. the length of a PATH is not a likely cause.

Internet / Re: Strange problem
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:18:55 pm »
And/or use NoScript, to exclude those commercial scripts by default:

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 09, 2017, 02:25:10 pm »
For best application compatibilty (and perhaps also for mentioned gaming stuff) you can not move further than i865-based mainboard with one or two ISA-slots and appropriate audio adapters.

FTR: you could be able to install a Crystal ISA sound adapter in a proper docking station, of some notebooks which have no own internal ISA-slot.

But the niche market target remains a reasonably easy solution. Without telling the owner of Windows 7, an old computer and retro DOS games to buy a different computer, a docking station, another operating system, and some old sound adapter. DOSBox is the slower competition. But rare newbies won't have to visit to be able to use DOSBox, and DOSBox isn't mute.

Please note that I don't know how hard it would be to re-introduce DOS sound for specific common sound adapters. I'm pointing out a niche market, without expecting support for all sound adapters. Better excellent support for a few, than bad (or no) support for all. To me it sounds (yeezzz...) like a quick-win.

Setup & Installation / Re: Thinkpad T41 and wireless connection
« on: March 09, 2017, 02:00:42 pm »
If you are saying that it did work, but no longer works (or even if it never worked), it is very likely that you are running out of some system resource.

It worked until about a year ago. After a reboot XWLAN should be able to see the device (/driver). Only GenPRISM is displayed, and can be selected with XWLAN. There are no eCenter changes. The system has changed, e.g. PATH length. Windows XP can still always use the device. With eCS the device driver is loaded correctly by CONFIG.SYS. The number of working devices installed is one (GenMAC's by built-in default, or GenPRISM's PCMCIA if GenMAC doesn't work), so hot swaps are not a requirement. All affected systems are Pentrium III notebooks with a nearly identical setup, so browsing with FF/SM is slow anyway.

It is a guess to want to delete the configuration, but that not work too. I'll try "DLLBASING=OFF", albeit no new nor updated software is in my clean startup folder. A full reinstall of the OS may be the winning answer.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:48:45 pm »
Maybe it can be good to discuss again what are the community favorite OS/2 applications.

About the only thing you can get rid of for sure are DATABASE.TXT's entries for outdated software and/or for users migrating from 1995's professional Windows 3.1 software to an OS/2 environment. An entry for modern browsers would make more sense. I do use it to install M$ Office 4.3 (or whatever) with updates to read newer M$ file formats, so don't DELTREE all Win-OS/2 software, but a true migration from DOS/Windows 3.1 to OS/2 plays no role anymore. Nobody will expect that Adobe PhotoShop v0.01 will still work, without having to find out what the best settings would be. You won't sell copies of ArcaOS anymore by telling users that it's easy to migrate their software to OS/2.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:35:48 pm »
It really is of no interest whether DVD/CD drives are fitted as standard to new systems as I rarely purchase any pre-built system.

The fact that you rarely purchase any pre-built system is unrelated to the interest of all potential users. In general I'd recommend to not add too much irrelevant software to a CD (/DVD) anyway.

Compatibility is hardly an issue in the future. One may advocate that USB booting is a must-have, but that doesn't imply that USB booting will still exist in 2027. LPs are returning too, isn't it? Perhaps a bloody cloud (/SAAS) is today's modern answer. If someone claims that we now need USB booting instead of a DVD drive, then that's a description of today's choices. It doesn't predict 2027. Nor, more importantly, do we know that ArcaOS can still be installed on 2027's new hardware. We may switch to USB booting, but that's won't guarantee that you can buy 2027's hardware with USB and the baility to install 2017's ArcaOS. So, in other words, it has to work now. That won't exclude USB booting, but there's no reason to assume that USB booting will be the future. If it is the lasting future, then there's no reason to assume that you still can install ArcaOS by using the future's other hardware.

Do you know what the first tablet computer was with SSD, touchscreen, and so on? Answer: the very first IBM ThinkPad, the 700T.

So there's no reason to assume that DVD drives are drives of the past, because users want cheap, small and lightweighed hardware now. If 'now' predicts the future, then the first IBM ThinkPad was both right (now) and wrong (between 1992 and 2017). It has to work now, which won't exclude USB booting for computers without a CD (/DVD) drive.

Setup & Installation / Re: Thinkpad T41 and wireless connection
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:57:03 am »
A ThinkPad T23's (and a ThinkPad X20's) XWLAN 3.10 cannot see the installed GenMAC adapter (built-in Intel 2200BG MiniPCI) anymore, and the only available option is a GenPRISM adapter (PCMCIA, not inserted). Is fully deleting the XWLAN configuration an option? If so, where is it stored? A full install of just XWLAN310.ZIP uses the same configuration again.

The GenMAC driver is loaded, the GenMAC adapter is installed, and another installed OS is always able to use this adapter. With the same install the GenMAC adapter was the working default. Swapping the order of the adapters by using MPTS doesn't solve the problem.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 07, 2017, 05:31:18 pm »
So which DOS and Windows applications were tested really? Any improvement for average users over the state from summer 1996?

Presumably we're existing users. I guess the summer of 1996's DOS sound is important for new users, whom have discovered their collection of DOS games, and DOSBox for their operating system isn't always the answer. It's a niche market, but now lacking DOS sound is a reason to not recommend OS/2 as a best DOS for 2007's hardware. Now our answer typically will be that you can play game XYZ without any problem, but mute only. So DOSBox for their operating system may still win.

Applications / Re: Abandonware?
« on: March 06, 2017, 06:00:12 pm »
it can be interesting to contact the author and see if it can be turned open source or at least "AS IS" freeware.

The only info about the author is "Peter Rachwal" from GAINESVILLE, FL, USA, but it is kind of hard to find him without more information.

Embedded VisPro/REXX source code can be found in TABLICA.EXE, of 1995's TABLC12A.ZIP. This EXE won't work with ObjectRexx, but can be patched (insert a missing SELECT and a matching END, and perhaps set the variable REGISTERED to 1 to bypass registration). Most of the code is related to the impressive number of buttons.

If you're not into basic chemistry, then the generic "Unit conversion" utility under 1996's TABLCA13.ZIP's Tools menu may still be quite interesting and useful. This EXE works with ObjectRexx, without required syntax error-related patches.

It does look like the author and/or his family has moved to Middletown, Connecticut, or Branford, Connecticut, or Roswell, Georgia (

Applications / Abandonware?
« on: March 06, 2017, 04:23:32 pm »
A registration key for (Tablica/2, periodic table and unit conversion tool, probably abandonware) can be obtained via the embedded source code section of TABLC12A.ZIP (

Open TABLICA.EXE with E.EXE, look for "/* ##SUB_LICENSE */", and use this section of code to generate a legal key. Test case: if the name is "Tablica/2", then the generated key should start with a "4" and end with a "J".

A little bit of Rexx knowledge is required to create a new Rexx CMD file which sets an uppercased "uname" ("uname=Translate('Tablica/2')") instead of calling SysIni() twice, and displays "tmp" ("SAY tmp") to obtain a generated key.

FTR. TABLC12A.ZIP's "license" probably wasn't valid anyway, and registration was always optional. Nevertheless you can still try to send cash to a (former?) student.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 06, 2017, 03:38:17 pm »
So far there appears to be no information about hoe the OS is modified or what is included with it.
What about available out-of-the-box languages, other than English (and maybe German)? A main reason to skip eCs 2.

Setup & Installation / Re: Question about OS/2 3.5 floppy image files
« on: February 25, 2017, 07:18:37 am »
I want to load OS/2 onto a (real) computer with a (real) 3.5 floppy drive. So I down load OS/2 WARP 4.0 (3.5) from the Winworld Library and unzip it. Yikes! 111 image files. Before I go out and buy a crate of 3.5 floppies

I won't explain what is going on, because it doesn't matter. If you use the right image files, then you can install OS/2 Warp 4 by using 3.5" floppies without any weird disk full-errors. If you have two computers with such a drive, e.g. a second $5-$10 old one, then you can create the next floppy while installing the current one. That works most of the time. You won't need all image files during the install. Additionally you may want to install a Y2K-proof FixPak too, which also requires floppies.

With a second computer you also don't have to create floppies to be able to execute a bootdrive CHKDSK, so installing OS/2 Warp 4 requires 1 (bare minimum) or 2 (efficient production line) floppies. A second computer should be cheaper than a crate of floppies.

If the machine in question has no CD-ROM drive, they you already may have a second computer to create the floppies, so you'll need 1 or 2 standard 1.44 MiB 3.5" floppies.

Applications / Re: Regina REXX vs. OS/2 REXX
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:11:15 pm »
how do you see the possibility to replace OS/2 REXX library included in eCS-Warp4.52 with the open source Regina REXX

Finally a lack of relevant reactions implies that (1) you'll have to use the open source code to create an own embedded release for OS/2, and (2) you'll have to apply/document a few OS/2-specific changes (including but not limited to dealing with tokenized code, the //T argument, online help, and so on) to release a reasonably seamless version.

The existing open source code can be compiled, unlike OORexx', but it's not as easy as changing the target to a DLL. Step 2 is the hardest one. Without this step, it will not (always) work as expected. If it doesn't work as expected, then experienced users may as well skip step 1, use the existing Regina.EXE for OS/2 instead of one of IBM's REXX.DLLs, and remember the differences.

Programming / Re: Rexx?
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:05:14 pm »
may be able to be compiled (with e.g. REXX2EXE) if they are 'plain' REXX

One of the rather expensive Rexx compilers, which actually should be quite easy to write, was shipped with a fully functional RexxPack utility. RexxPack used to be a product on its own, AFAICT. An improved version of RexxPack can be found here:

Interestingly it decreases the size of the EAs too, so it should improve the speed of execution slightly. Registration may be required to receive some undo-utility. I guess RexxPack just removes all unneeded characters, without overdoing it. In theory you could use RexxPack to produce a hard-to-edit smaller file, and Rexx2EXE to create a "compiled", smaller, unreadable final product.

Please do execute our Rexx EXEs with Object REXX too, to make sure that there are no fatal syntax errors. The same syntax check applies to VX-REXX (with PackVXRX) EXEs.

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