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General Discussion / Re: OS/2 on a Via C7 desktop?
« on: September 08, 2020, 07:28:09 pm »
My server use to run on a VIA EPIA800 MiniITX, 800Mhz CPU, 1024Mb SDRAM

Depending on model, drivers etc here:

Note, memory can be limited due to number of slots.

Multimedia / Re: Multi-Channel Surround Sound Systems
« on: August 20, 2020, 07:01:09 am »
If the source file you are playing has the stream/data encoded for the extra channels, this appears to work with Pauls new Uniaud builds and a Sound Blaster Live card. I assume here that it is the Uniaud driver that is decoding and positioning the streams for output via the various o/p's. Otherwise as Dave says, the OS/2 MM system is stereo only.

Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: August 20, 2020, 06:55:06 am »
> Creative SB Live! 5.1
> PMUniMax has also filled out with many sliders including ones for Surround+center playback, Front, Line2, LiveDrive, Coaxial,  headphone, but I have not tested any of them, yet.

Have now tested, controls and outputs for

  Wave Surround Playback Volume
  Center Playback Volume
  LFE Playback volume
  Front panel
  LiveDrive Playback (Line 1 and 2)
  Coaxial Playback

all work.

Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: August 15, 2020, 09:42:19 am »

Works well with a Creative SB Live! 5.1
PMUniMax has also filled out with many sliders including ones for Surround+center playback, Front, Line2, LiveDrive, Coaxial,  headphone, but I have not tested any of them, yet.

Listening to Gustav Holst - The Planets
Very nice, even for a deaf bloke.

Thanks for your continuing work on various OS/2 drivers and software.

(added: undated to and all still working well)

Setup & Installation / Re: Easy way to install fix packs
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:50:45 am »

For Warp4, there are also HD installable versions in various directories like

I also created files to allow installation via os2serv, example here

I think Google Groups have a possible problem, all I get is "An error (#847) occurred while communicating with the server."
with the ProAudio, and the VMS group when I try replying to emails.

Networking / Re: Samba Server v4.11.9
« on: June 22, 2020, 05:37:37 pm »
Hi Paul,

I've downloaded it but will take a few days to set it up, never used Samba before but hoping it will make my life easier to update via a linux laptop. So.. it all takes time but ignoring the newbie stuff, will let you know :)

Internet / Re: access
« on: April 07, 2020, 01:10:18 pm »
Hi Moritz,

Try, ie, it needs the www in front :)

Mail-News / Re: Advice needed
« on: April 01, 2020, 05:39:32 pm »
If you install an email server program such as Weasel from Peter Moylan, you can setup it up so email that comes in for one user is automatically copied to several other users [by extension, to, or from several users]. ie, its all to do with creating one or more alias's which still have seperate mailbox's.

You can then have each computer have its own user (mine1@, mine2@) which are all receive alias's for your primary email address(s). As each computer access's that account, then it deletes email after retrieve from that computers POP email account. This allows each computer to retrieve all the email sent to that one user with no double ups across different computers. When any of the computers send email out, they can do so via Weasel or via your external SMTP server using the email address(s) that you wish the outside world to reply to.

Hope that makes sense. Probably best described with a piece of paper and a pen to make a flow chart :)

Hardware / Re: usbdrv233
« on: March 25, 2020, 05:14:06 am »
Thanks for that, solved the missing printer problem :)

Internet / Re: access
« on: March 23, 2020, 05:34:19 pm »
Have internet access again with a permant IP but it is slower than our current 3G access, probably due to the lockdown and everyone trying to work from home as we are on a HFC segment with 97 connections. I will move DNS around after my Wednesday exam and turn the server back on, Wednesday is a window that might be as long as Friday, I'm still trying to get Zoom working for Uni (cant get past the capture under Linux or Windows), do the shopping and study while feeling old all at the same time.

I think once one or more mirrors are organised, my server will be purely email and rsync replication. It's all getting to hard :(

Applications / Re: Online learning
« on: March 23, 2020, 05:24:49 pm »
For university class's, I gave up and used Powerpoint.
Everything else I looked at involved more time and messing around :(

I thought about Libre Office to see if it had an export to 'video file' function but as others were already using Powerpoint I um, gave up.

I did a quick search and found but only for Windows, Linux

Internet / Re: access
« on: March 20, 2020, 03:36:35 am »
Hi All,

Yes, I'm having internet problems, as in none :(
It is looking like it will not be up for a while as I suspect the wholesaler of australian HFC service will nolonger attend site due to social distancing. I'm not qualified to replace a NTD (HFC modem) apparently :o)

Roderick has offered to host the website and I have sent him an SSD - the hosting will be without the need for authentication for site access.

If anyone else is interested I can be reached at ian at os2site dot com <== moved email to a hosting provider.
Hope you all keep well.

Storage / Re: JFS file corruption
« on: February 21, 2020, 10:02:59 am »
Hi Dave,

Makes sense but I was seeing problems from day 1 on two Western Digital Blue 500G SSD's, and one Western Digital Blue 1T SSD.
I suspect my problem was due to the double caching that was happening on both my server and my OS/2 primary computer.

RAM drive now stores everything that I do not mind is lost on the server, or is transient, including log files from InJoy FW etc that I really don't need but look at occasionally anyway. What I've done since is to move all data manipulation to the RAM drive (about 500MB in size) for a nightly stats run. The server is really only used for and my personal email now so the only logs that grow on the SSD are Apache (http) and Weasel (mail).  SYSLOG etc are all transient.

To overcome any possible problems I have been backing up more regularly but expect to copy the drive(s) to a new one occasionally but I don't intend to do that for at least 6 months, if ever, depending on what my results are going forward and if there is really a need to TRIM these drives.
The SSD's have been to me, an experiment in power consumption, noise, heating, and speed - though on the internet side there is no difference, on the network inside there is a big difference.

The server now only uses 43.183 MiB or RAM :-))

General Discussion / Re: Strange behavior.
« on: February 21, 2020, 07:14:09 am »
What do you think about my idea of an historical section on hobbes as the repository for such items?  That way it would make the older items easier to find.

That would have its own set of problems as it would require a lot more manual intervention. In saying that, what I have done with is to add a subdirectory for old/replaced files.

The main aim of this post however is to let you know that hobbes is being looked at and changes being made.

A web interface for file uploads but still retaining FTP access for uploads/downloads
Looking at a recycle/replaced files area
Add files from incoming to the main file areas at time of upload, this means the files will be added to the database immediately (for searches etc).

I have also mentioned the banned IP's.

Re hobbes mirrors It does require a valid UA browser string or user access but that will change soon as I'm ready to send off contents to somewhere that will not require user authentication to access the website. [added: the hobbes mirror at is mirrored whenever hobbes incoming directory is cleared]

os2site's incoming directory which does not require user authentication always mirrors hobbes incoming within the time differences, ie,'s /incoming contents are moved to /new at the end of every month.

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