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Internet / Re: Google search problem
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:49:36 am »
Yes. That's what I changed today.

It works in our Firefox 31ESR, but not in Firefox 45 SUa2. It also works in iPhone Safari and iPad Firefox. I've set up the redirect in plesk, which has the server send a 301 message with the redirect. I still have many corrections to make to the website, but I'd like to figure out this security problem if I can.

Internet / Re: Google search problem
« on: January 15, 2020, 02:11:25 am »
I was fooling with the server settings. There was a window where was visible. It's gone now, and none of the website will show in Firefox 45 SUa2. I can verify that Firefox 31 has no problems accessing https:/, even correctly identifying my certificate.

Internet / Re: Google search problem
« on: January 14, 2020, 03:48:16 am »
It's a website hosted by cruzio. They let me control it using plesk, but I'm having trouble configuring secure http, apparently.

OK, I tried with Qupzilla. It works fine to search from google or from duck duck go.

Internet / Google search problem
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:59:35 am »
I'm hoping to get some help figuring out a problem I have with Google search.

If I search for the term "OS/2 Consulting", the Blonde Guy consulting page comes up as item number one. If I click on it in Firefox (SUa2) for OS/2, nothing happens. If I click on it in Safari for iPhone, the page comes up as expected.

What is going on?

Hardware / Re: ArcaOS - OS/2 on an Lenovo Yoga 12 + Touch + Stylus
« on: January 12, 2020, 09:59:07 am »
Hi Martin, Sigurd,

Since the webcam is working with my UVC Webcam Support for OS/2 programs (WebSee),  I expect it to work with my "UVC Microscope Viewer for OS2 (UvcScope) too.
These programs use the USBCALLS interface i.e. USBECD is not used. Isochronous Transfers are only used by the webam i.e. not used for pen and touch support.


I noticed this webcam software and I got it to work on two of my laptops. Indeed, iso-synchronous USB transfers are needed to make this webcam support work. I was not able to make webcam support work for Arca Noae USB 12.x, because iso-synchronous transfers are not implemented. However, the webcam software works on both laptops using the Arca Noae USB 11.17 USB stack.

I think Vio output is not defined for a larger screen window. So to really do this right, you would need to extend the Vio family. But if some programs write to the buffer themselves, you would need to monitor that, too.

Both of these things could be done by code inserted into the program's space using the registry entry User->SYS_DLLS->LoadPerProcess. You write your code into a DLL and gain control using the DLL initialization code.

General Advertisements / Re: ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:51:27 pm »
Each ArcaOS copy is personalized by Blonde Guy in cooperation with Arca Noae.

Article Discussions / Re: NY Subway switching to contactless
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:20:04 pm »
You should have been at Warpstock this year. We had 8 model 77 PS/2 absolutely loaded machines that you could have taken home. It was the biggest giveaway ever.

Hardware / Re: PCIe parallel port card
« on: December 17, 2019, 03:23:32 am »
The chip seems to say CH382 on it. The entire chip case is 6mm square, and the print is tiny. The box says WCH382. There are more numbers, but they are very difficult to read. I think Martin is correct about the Vendor ID/Chip ID.

Hardware / PCIe parallel port card
« on: December 16, 2019, 06:23:59 pm »
I've got an IOCrest PCI-Express parallel port card WCH 382 which I wanted to use for a second parallel port.

I think this ought to work with PRINT01.SYS, but so far, I do not have any success. I use /V so I can see the one parallel port, but no second port appears, so I guess the card is not recognized.

I have tried the updated driver on OS/2 World

I have attached a pci output for the computer.

Setup & Installation / Re: Partitioning Recommendations
« on: December 14, 2019, 03:00:04 pm »
I don't think there is a best partitioning scheme for everyone. I build systems for people, and for me the following works best.

X: 1.75 GB FAT16 Maint - the ArcaOS installer environment, modified to run maintenance programs
C: 10 GB JFS  ArcaOS and programs
J:  10 GB JFS  ArcaOS and programs
K:  10 GB JFS  ArcaOS and programs
P:  10 GB JFS  ArcaOS and programs
D: 1948 GB Data

I have 4 ArcaOS partitions because I experiment a lot. The Home directory is on each boot drive, but Home data points to various places on the D: drive. UNIXROOT is on the boot drive as well.

The D: drive is mirrored using rsync onto one or more backup computers, and also onto two external drives that may be off-site. Backups of the ArcaOS boot drives are on the D: drive.

I also have a modified ArcaOS installer on a USB thumb drive

O: 1.75 GB ArcaOS installer
U: (rest of USB stick disk space) Stick Data

Hardware / Re: OS/2 Driver Requirement Brainstorming
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:54:35 pm »
I think you are right about a bounty for NVMe. We already have an open source AHCI driver. That could provide some basis for a device driver programmer to implement NVMe, but have all the OS/2 support stuff already coded and tested.

General Advertisements / Re: ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:09:03 am »
If you would like to know how much one of these costs shipped to your location, I suggest following the links. I'm using ebay to handle international shipping, so shipping charges are really up to them.

General Discussion / OS/2 Article on Ars Technica
« on: November 29, 2019, 06:07:39 pm »
There is a long article on OS/2 in Ars Technica

It was a cloudy Seattle day in late 1980, and Bill Gates, the young chairman of a tiny company called Microsoft, had an appointment with IBM that would shape the destiny of the industry for decades to come.

He went into a room full of IBM lawyers, all dressed in immaculately tailored suits. Bill’s suit was rumpled and ill-fitting, but it didn’t matter. He wasn’t here to win a fashion competition.

Over the course of the day, a contract was worked out whereby IBM would purchase, for a one-time fee of about $80,000, perpetual rights to Gates’ MS-DOS operating system for its upcoming PC. IBM also licensed Microsoft’s BASIC programming language, all that company's other languages, and several of its fledging applications. The smart move would have been for Gates to insist on a royalty so that his company would make a small amount of money for every PC that IBM sold.

But Gates wasn’t smart. He was smarter.

In exchange for giving up perpetual royalties on MS-DOS, which would be called IBM PC-DOS, Gates insisted on retaining the rights to sell DOS to other companies. The lawyers looked at each other and smiled. Other companies? Who were they going to be? IBM was the only company making the PC. Other personal computers of the day either came with their own built-in operating system or licensed Digital Research’s CP/M, which was the established standard at the time.

Gates wasn’t thinking of the present, though. “The lesson of the computer industry, in mainframes, was that over time people built compatible machines,” Gates explained in an interview for the 1996 PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds. As the leading manufacturer of mainframes, IBM experienced this phenomenon, but the company was always able to stay ahead of the pack by releasing new machines and relying on the power of its marketing and sales force to relegate the cloners to also-ran status.

The personal computer market, however, ended up working a little differently. PC Cloners were smaller, faster, and hungrier companies than their mainframe counterparts. They didn’t need as much startup capital to start building their own machines, especially after Phoenix and other companies did legal, clean-room, reverse-engineered implementations of the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) that was the only proprietary chip in the IBM PC’s architecture. To make a PC clone, all you needed to do was put a Phoenix BIOS chip into your own motherboard design, design and manufacture a case, buy a power supply, keyboard, and floppy drive, and license an operating system. And Bill Gates was ready and willing to license you that operating system.

[follow the link for the rest of the story]

General Advertisements / ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:14:59 pm »

Blonde Guy is now offering ArcaOS 5.0 on ebay. This is intended to make the English language ArcaOS DVD available outside the USA and Canada.

ArcaOS 5.0 Commercial DVD including 12 months of support.

ArcaOS 5.0 Personal DVD including 6 months of support.

ArcaOS 5.0 (Media only) DVD If you already have an ArcaOS license, you can send me the URL of the .ISO.

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