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Games / Re: Tetris-like game
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:23:56 pm »
  I am truly hated by many people on this board for that reason.  I can't change that aspect of their feelings toward me, but I am not some hateful person.  I have the most sincere and best intentions for ES/1 and ES/2, as well as the other projects I'm involved with.  I am sincere in moving them forward, but they do require sequencing to get there.  I have been working on this project since July, 2012, with some time off in early 2015 thru early 2018 because I got sick (I think I worked myself into exhaustion to be honest).  I've since re-grouped and have re-focused my life, drawing my entire family's resources toward these project ends.

I don't hate, I will admit to getting annoyed, takes to much effort.

We are all human, with faults, bias's etc, that's life. Is it not wonderful that we are all different? How boring would it be if we where all the same. I also realise that we humans are normally incredibly bad in setting realistic goal time lines, and it is good to see someone like Rick set realistic time frames for goals.

The process of learning how somethings works also requires starting somewhere that others have likely done a long time ago but we all need to put the stake in the ground and say this is where I am starting. Sometimes we need to move that post, especially when life intervenes, and sometimes in the process of learning we have to reinvent the wheel when we are in unfamiliar territory so we can get our bearings. Our communities resources are limited, it pains me to see some people make it difficult for others to make a start somewhere in our community. Yes, some of us think Rick's talents could be better harnessed if directed to current projects that lack resources but lets be honest, this is up to Rick to make the choice as to where he wants to direct his talents, they are his after all :)

If someone is not causing a problem, let them do their thing, you never know where it will lead.
I would rather someone applied some effort into anything OS/2 related than to see them walk away because we pushed them

Most importantly, keep smiling
As much as we all love OS/2, it's an operating system, there are more important things in all of our lives that we sometimes lose sight of.

Programming / Re: Experience with decompilers with OS/2 programs
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:09:04 pm »
Hi Martin,

I use to assemble assembly code, and disassemble binaries in the 80's and 90's to assembly language code, doing a quick search there appears to be binary disassemblers to .net and a few other languages but they would still likely require work on the produced code for data segments etc. They would certainly be better than nothing and give a good starting point to having code, even if it is a skeleton, that you could check and cleanup to produce a working compiled program again. Likely you would decompile under Linux or Windows, then compile under OS/2.

Setup & Installation / Re: Error during installaltion OS2
« on: January 09, 2019, 04:18:11 pm »
Hi Wojciech,

Are there differences between the computers, like one is multi processor and the other not?
Do they have the same amount of RAM?

I've installed Win98 and ping (works) but no other websites work.

That's likely to be a packet problem, being able to ping anything ok tends to tell me that your network hardware is good, and the problem for Win98 is in the settings somewhere.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Future of Ulrich's xTracker
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:37:35 am »
Hi Andreas,

I checked and the svn, rpm sites, all were down from here and via when I checked last night, checking this morning everything else is up but is still down. So.. sorry, back in Ulrich's court re Ulrich's xTracker.


Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Future of Ulrich's xTracker
« on: December 30, 2018, 07:17:34 pm »
Hmm, I cant even get, probably just one of those 'things' that happen on the internet.

Added, maybe just maintenance. Hey, it's the last day of 2018, web traffic dives, what better time to fix things :)

Programming / Re: Compiling my first WPS application
« on: December 29, 2018, 05:28:27 pm »
I wanted to give a second change to Andreas (Bogdan Szmalcownik), since he seems more calm now. I advice Andreas to move on the subject, and to the rest just reply him "I disagree with your point of view because x and y" and move on.

Ya, some of us do frequent, looking at you Andreas, and though my other languages are rusty, I can still figure out enough  ;D
Otherwise, as Martin said.

Applications / Re: SeaMonkey 2.42.9 CPU spiking
« on: December 24, 2018, 05:26:17 pm »
Try this link. Note the lowercase m at the end before the .zip :)

Applications / Re: Apache Open Office fail
« on: December 09, 2018, 05:31:47 pm »
The AOO-4160-GA-langpack-en-US.wpi is not required with AOO-4160-GA-base-en-US.wpi, ditto the other Language packs if you only want the one language.

You only need
AOO-4160-GA-rpm.wpi (if you do not already have the RPM's installed)

I removed my old AOO install and simply installed The AOO-4160-GA-langpack-en-US.wpi
All appears to be working fine after I marked the DLL's to load in highmem.

Networking / Re: Fastest tcp/ip throughput in OS/2?
« on: November 18, 2018, 07:57:57 am »
The window Sizes should be a multiple of the MTU (or MSS,I cannot remember) and Not Just the Maximum.

I use multiples of MTU, still not sure if that's right as some people say MSS, others say MTU, and the odd person says its irrelevant..
I do know if you simply use maximum values your connection can become jerky with unexpected timeouts and dropped connections.

I use manual MTU values, one day I might experiment with the window sizes to see what happens with different values and auto MTU/MSS values but it's not a high priority thing for me as what I currently have works, though an MTU of 1500 should work fine for me I've discovered the best for me is around 1000 (which ever number is closer in multiples of eight ). <== changed No. 8 to written eight

Networking / Re: Fastest tcp/ip throughput in OS/2?
« on: November 15, 2018, 06:35:12 am »
What is in your x:\mptn\etc\inetcfg.ini

Utilities / Re: DO.EXE new version commandline utility 1.99
« on: October 01, 2018, 04:31:38 pm »

Article Discussions / Re: OS4 Kernel Discussion
« on: September 26, 2018, 07:33:00 pm »
Hi Rick,

You can start with anything where the descriptions starts with the word "Official" from

It would be nice to have some closure on this subject which would provide both legal and software future direction.

Multimedia / Re: [SBAWED2] Getting an old audio card working.
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:21:35 am »
If the card volume is low or non existant, standard trick is to check your x:\mmos2\mmpm2.ini file and in any line under the "mixer sections", what the

Not all mixers can change, or change the correct VOL and GAIN parameters and I've had no problems with the mixers for SBAWE32 and 64 when I used them. If you do need to manually change these parameters, boot to maintence mode or boot from a CD/DVD otherwise your edits will be lost. You can sometimes change the values and simply hit the reset button as long as nothing else is running but it is not the recommended way of doing it, you could end up with a corrupt mmpm2.ini file.

As already pointed out, check the cards irq and ports are not conflicting with something else as the AWE drivers are not high IRQ aware, they can only use the old base interrupts. If you can check under a different operating system where the AWE card works to double check the card's settings and adjust those on the drivers line in your config.sys file. I now remember when I let the AWE32/64 driver figure it out automatically that it did not work. driver switches should be in one of the packages.

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