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Programming / Re: Poll: Your favorite text editor
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:22:55 am »
I was reading recently that LPEX was one of the best program editors and I'm tring to track it down to have a look at it.

I believe it was boundled with IBM's VAC++ for OS/2.
It is bundled with VAC++ 4

Programming / Re: Poll: Your favorite text editor
« on: April 20, 2016, 06:10:19 am »
For REXX, your best bet is definitely E it has an excellent REXX support, but it may help to track down some of the enhanced packages for it as well, there is a seriously capable editor hiding behind that simplex  interface.

Generally my favorite editors are no longer available, namely Preditor, Einfalt and Visual Slickedit for OS/2 and I even lost my copies of the first two, for some reason the modern Slickedit for Windows/Mac does not do it for me though ...

There is an extended, but not yet complete list of available editors for OS/2 here:

Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: April 19, 2016, 04:25:23 am »
Any opinions on choice of disks for these systems?

Green drives for saving money?
Black drives for performance?
Red NAS drives for some other reason?

What makes a good drive for a NAS application?

Normal 3TB Toshiba drives 7200rpm drives, a number of online hosting companies have come up with data that suggests these are by far the most reliable drives on the market, the 1, 2 and 4 TB versions from the same company have a much better than average reliability, on par with the best WD drives and a class above Seagate.

According to the data 3TB Tosh have around 1+% failure rates over the course of two years constant use (online 24/7), other Tosh drives around 2+%, WD around 2 to 5% depending on model and Segate 5 to 11%, ditto.

As I run OS/2 and Win 2011 HS (for XP compatibility that is not available for newer Win servers) I have bought 2TB version as the OS/2 server cannot use anything bigger and the WHS needs quite a lot of manual work to use the 3TB ones so I have stuck with the 2TB ones, four in each server, one has developed a minor fault after about 14 months that the company swapped out for me even though it was out of warranty.

These replaced a host of drives bought in the period between 2009 and 2011, two Hitachi (Now Toshiba), two Samsung, two WD and about six Seagate drives, all the drives except one Hitachi drive developed some errors during their livetime, the Samsungs and the WD's could be re-used after a low-level format and have been re-purposed for my PC's, the Hitachi could not be fixed as WD (Who owned the Hitachi factory at the time) stopped supplying disk repair software that worked with that specific model but otherwise that drive only had surface errors so should have been recoverable, and it and all the Seagate drives have been thrown away. The only working Seagate drive left in the house is a 35 year old 506 .... so you can guess which drive manufacturer I am not recommending.

Setup & Installation / Re: Soundblaster live & Sander's driver
« on: April 10, 2016, 05:31:45 pm »
Are these two not two parts of the same unit? One (AMD) being a HDAudio UART and the other a HDAudio A/DAC?

It could be, but it is the first one that I have encountered. I will need to find some time to sort it out. Meanwhile, the SB Live! seems to work well in eCS, and not at all in Win7.

Old post, I known but I thought I would place it here for future reference, I managed to get both OS/2 and Windows using the same SB Live card by using the Kx drivers on the Windows side rather than the hacked version of the official drivers. Moreover my old eMU card appears to work on these drivers as well although I cannot get it to work on OS/2 at all.

Similarly, since the old Dell x600 "Workstation" cards are still just about the best VGA cards that still work on SNAP but are wonky on Windows, it turns out that the driver works just fine on windows, it is the DirectX setup that was the problem and after patching the DX drivers the x600 now works fine on both Windows 10 32 and 64 bit (occasionally minor hiccups during the boot process on W10 32 and boards with the old ATI 600 chipsets) and annoyingly enough is faster than the Radeon HD6450 that it replaced displaying 2D on Windows, considerably even.

General Discussion / Re: Opening day - Comerica Park
« on: April 10, 2016, 05:07:04 pm »
Well that's fine. Different strokes for different folks as the old cliche goes. I do respect the fact that others have different taste in sports. Soccer is big in Europe but I don't care for it myself but that's okay too.

It's not a question of taste, unlike basketball that is actually played here a bit especially around the mediterranean basin and in the ex-communist states although very much a minority sport, and American Football that most people are at the least aware that it exists, there even used to be a few AF teams in the UK, baseball is a bit like handball is in the USA, no-one has literally heard of it except perhaps as a movie reference. I think the only countries that play baseball outside of the US are Cuba and Japan.

Let me put it another way, "Field of Dreams" was the move that made Kevin Costner famous in the USA, he did not become famous in the rest of the world until "Dances with Wolves".

The original baseball like game (name translates as "burning ball") was played with tool that is like a hybrid of a bat and racquet literally died out in the middle ages (except in the northern Baltics) as it was replaced by games that later became known Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Racket and hundreds of local variations that all offered a faster gameplay than brb. There are similar games played in small pockets in Iberia, but they are very much "traditional games", i.e. they are not played for sport but rather as tradition harking back to the middle ages and put on show during traditional holidays and so on and you would probably not recognise them as baseball.

Betting was also banned in all of the Protestant countries (i.e. Western Countries) except the USA and UK, which was one of the reason club sports did not really become big until the mid 20th century in most of those countries with the advent of TV, prior to that the most commercially viable sports were individual sports.

And Football (Soccer) is not just popular over here it is a bit like Formula 1, neither may be the most popular sport in its category in any given country but viewing figures and numbers of fans worldwide do not just trounce other motor and club sports, they are actually bigger than all the other club and motor sports combined. i.e. football gets more views on TV worldwide than all the other club sports put together, no matter what the type.

General Discussion / Re: Opening day - Comerica Park
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:52:46 am »
Well since it does say "General Discussion". I am just excited that baseball is back and it is opening day at Comerica Park. Go Tigers!


Most of us are from Europe, baseball (or its predecessor) died out over here some 500+ years ago except in Finland and Estonia ....

Marketplace / Re: wanted: "Thinking Person's Guide to OS/2 2.1"
« on: April 07, 2016, 02:04:54 pm »
Just wondering if anyone has seen a physical copy of The Thinking Person's Guide to OS/2 2.1 (1993) by Maria E. Tyne
ISBN-13 is 978-0894354670.

According to this seller there is a new copy available here:

While I have no experience of dealing with the third party USA seller listed, I have bought s***loads of OS/2 and general computer books from Betterworld through the years, in fact bought the old UK only "PM Programming tips" from them just last friday.

Hi Pete.

I don't know/remember what used to be PAF, can you post some link?


WPS extension package, portions of it exellent, other portions crap. Some ideas brilliant, other ideas odd for a lack of another word.

In his defence, he did some excellent work with embedded systems a few years back but got unlucky as the company that provided his hardware platform went bust.

General Discussion / Re: Open Source / 2
« on: March 03, 2016, 05:00:53 am »
but something like having a PMMERGE.DLL OSS replacement that keeps calling IBM PMMERGE.DLL (Maybe renamed to PMMERGEX.DLL) in the back. So the functions that are replaced are responded by the OSS PMMERGE.DLL, and the ones that not cloned are sent to IBM's PMMERGEX.DLL which is the original one.  With that we can keep growing the OSS PMMERGE.DLL until we can just remove complete IBM's PMMERGEX.DLL.

I know the quoted  post is older than the current thread, but

While I think the whole idea of replacing the system with something identical is brain dead in general (now wait for last year type scenario), but if you want to replace the PMMERGE.DLL you have an easier starting point in replacing the dummy DLL's that point to PMMERGE one by one with active one and then tackling either PMMERGE later or replacing it with other DLL's, PMMERGE is one huge file to speed up performance on 386 system, on a modern system the speed difference will be negligible

This will get rid of the danger of cross referencing of a un-replaced DLL function with replaced DLL function which could easily happen the other way around.

But if people are interested in replacing system components, why not start with something that would give us greater capabilities such as replacing SVGA.SYS with something that supports modern resolutions ....

Games / Re: 1500+ Win 3.1 programs released !
« on: February 14, 2016, 05:41:50 pm »
Why bother with the browser emulation and not just run the executable that is downloadable from the grey box on the right of the page?

Are you sure that the mozilla_home is d:\home\default and not d:\home\default\mozprofiles?
That is sort of irrelevant as he is only about to change the drive letter in his config.sys file, everything he moves will retain the same hierarchy as the original data

Programs are usually not in x:\ HOME, only data programs are supposed to be in x:\PROGRAMS, and I have repeatedly successfully moved the mozilla data hierarchy and everything else by simply changing the drive letter in config.sys and never have had to mess about with ini files, and similarly ping-ponged mozilla data  between OS/2 <> Windows without any problems for over a decade.

OS/2 Presentation Manager's mouse pointer is a black arrow, that works fine for spreadsheets in 1-2-3. But sometimes I have to open quite big tables in Improv or Excel under Win-OS/2. Locating the pointer especially on larger screensizes becomes difficult because it changed the colour to a white arrow. So how can I change the mouse pointer colour to black? There's no option in WIN.INI's mouse settings available.
If I remember it correctly you will have to change the pointer in Windows to an alternative pointer file (a form of BMP file), it may be simpler to enable multipointers or enable mouse trails in Win.ini for full screen sessions, it is not a good look and can get irritating but certainly makes the pointers more visible:


is a good start

I am fairly sure however that 2560 x 1440 is attainable
But not on digital outputs with our OS. This is one more reason why I try so hard to push SNAP development. Although with limited success :(

And if you set the graphic card to produce this resolution and use the analog output there is probably no monitor available which can display this resolution. Even when some can handle that resolution at the input they simply can not display it. I can not think of any affordable monitor which can display such resolution satisfactory well when delivered at analog inputs. Nearly all can not even handle 1920x1200 good enough with analog input.

So what is badly needed is updated SNAP which supports current chips (at least Intel) and DisplayPort output.

There are plenty of monitors out there that support high resolution analogue inputs, perhaps not at the sub 100 UKP/120 Euros level, but my dirt cheap DGM does 1920 x 1200 via VGA with no problems, if at slightly lower quality than DVI if the VGA cable used is cheap and unshielded, the RAMDAC's integrated onto even budget chipsets are actually reasonably good these days. The DGM (actually a Tatung monitor in a drag) was simply bought because it was the cheapest 1920 x 1200 I could find at the time and it is not exceptional in any way, in fact it is a bit s**t, but beggars can't be choosers.

While I agree that it is important to get support for HDMI/DisplayPort/DVI for SNAP, painting analogue as being being useless for higher resolutions is just silly repetition of an old "Tom's Hardware" type cliche , you might have a point if you are talking about mostly unshielded consumer VGA cables and the low budget 19" type consumer monitors they are shipped free with. 20 years ago I personally ran OS/2 Warp on 2048 × 1536 @ 70Hz and 85Hz using Martox and Diamond S3 cards with the VGA and/or VGA > Component cables that came with the monitors, nothing more, that is considerably more bandwidth than 1920 x 1200, in fact it is just approx 15% less than the bandwidth needed for 2560 x 1440 at the same rate and if the rate is lowered to 60Hz, 2560 x 1440 would actually need less bandwidth than the resolution I was using back in the stone age.

P.S. I actually keep an old CRT monitor here although I run it at either 1800 × 1440 or 1600 x 1200 since I no longer have a working Matrox card with a high speed RAMDAC, but that is just for the occasional graphics editing because only one of my LCD monitors are actually a true 8 bit panel, the rest are 6 bit panels that use software interpolation to pretend to be 8 bits. I would kill for an 11 bit IPS panel.

I never had any luck getting my 1680x1050 monitor working correctly with Snap, neither as unknown monitor or with gaoption. Using an Intel Q35 Graphics controller under VESA.
DDC never appeared to work properly with VESA, not for me anyway, which is why I always hunt down NOS SNAP supported cards

I am fairly sure however that 2560 x 1440 is attainable on an accelerated card, the old IBM UHD resolution monitors all had OS/2 drivers

Applications / Re: What is the best CD Based imaging software
« on: December 15, 2015, 02:55:40 pm »

I used to use Acronis home backup software to make images of my machines which worked fine on os2. We have know upgraded our systems to Ecomstation they back up ok but have mixed results when restoring a image. Can anyone recommend an Imaging software which can run of a cd that works with ECS and the JFS file structure.



AFAIK there is no incremental backup solution available any more that does this with JFS support, the last vendor of such quit the OS/2 business in 2007 or thereabouts.

I work around this by creating a compressed partition image with DFSEE one or twice a year, then I can restore the partitions as they were at a certain point in time and then let the backup software write over the restored partitions, this effectively gives me the same result with only a 10 to 15 minutes extra work involved but much faster restore times. And appears to be more reliable if anything.

It can also be handy to keep some of these images if you have made a mess of a certain installation and want to start again.

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