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Events / Re: Call fpr presenters - User meeting Colgne 2014
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:07:53 am »

If it is not too much to ask, please try to get a volunteer to video record the presentations, take pictures and/or make a live IRC channel with some live video/audio streaming.
Since there is some time maybe you can work some things out. To make a live audio streaming can be as simple as having an Android/iOS phone connected to the local wifi.

What apps would you use to share a conference?

Applications / Re: FF17.0.11 latest plugin container problems
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:40:49 pm »
That page works fine here, using the Firefox 24 beta. Normally I have Flash deactivated, and activate it when I need it. I also have a profile with NoScript and Flash activated, but NoScript is a pain because I always have to permit  more things to view a page.

With Flash activated, the page reloads just fine. No freeze or anything.

I can watch YouTube videos for a while, but evenutally the machine runs out of something and I need to reboot. My on-line banking depends on Flash, and that is working also. Our Flash is not perfect, but Flash is on its way out anyway, so I'm not that concerned.

An update to the latest Flash would be nice, even so.

Applications / Re: FF 17.0.11 won't run youtube films
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:31:35 pm »
Currently in Hobbes incoming, eventually it'll replace the developer preview. The only differences are the branding, that setting and the changelog.

I don't see anything in Hobbes incoming at this point. The Firefox 17 on hobbes is dated June 14.

Applications / Re: FF 17.0.11 won't run youtube films
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:17:42 am »
Hi Joop, which version of FF17.0.11? The developers preview or my last upload?
Anyways go to about:config and check how dom.ipc.plugins.enabled is set and if set to true, change to false. I forgot this fix in the first upload.

I got the developer preview from hobbes. I set dom.ipc.plugins.enabled to false and now Flash works great. Where can I download your latest FF17.0.11?


Networking / Re: Intel 2915 abg Wireless and WPA2 with Genmac
« on: June 09, 2014, 07:00:26 pm »
I've got an x60 with a 3945, and it does WPA2-PSK just fine. The router is set to WPA2-PSK (AES). The 4965 works for sure. I have also tested with Intel 5100 and a GenMU driver, and that works also, but at a higher speed. I don't remember testing a 2915 with WPA2.

Applications / Re: Firefox 24 vs OS/2 World
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:22:41 pm »
I think discussion of Firefox 24 is a reasonable thing to have on OS/2 World. I don't think its healthy for a platform to do all of it's discussion inside bug reporting websites. I do file bug reports, as some of you should probably know.

I'm running Firefox 24 for my daily web browsing. If I hit a page with a lot of Flash animation, the operating system appears to halt. Control-Alt-Del does not appear to work, or else I am not patient enough. There is some middle ground -- if a page has just enough Flash animations, then Firefox stops, but it can be killed from CADH/TOP.

With Flash disabled from the add-ons menu in Firefox, I can browse the same pages. It may be a bit slow, but they work. This had not been the case for Firefox 17 or Firefox 10. They could not reliably disable the Flash plugin, nor could they render nasty, overweight pages without hanging.

As an end user, there is no way to know if this would be better a Flash bug or a Firefox bug. Nor is it clear how to submit a reproducable scenario, since the web pages in question change every few minutes, depending on what is embedded in them (which probably depends on the user's cookies anyway.)

I do not want to undervalue the suggestion to develop an open-source framework for BSD drivers. The developers of OS/4, the new OS/2 loader and many other wonderful new things have the same weakness. Although their software is excellent and they have made huge contributions, their work does not reach a larger audience.

This is because of the crucial lack of support. End users such as myself need several things for success.

1. Clear description of the software, what it does, and documentation of the system requirements
2. An easy installation method
3. Documentation, tools and methods to troubleshoot when things go wrong
4. A bug tracking system to report bugs that is monitored and replies are made
5. Fixes for bugs and enhancements to make end users successful
6. Periodic re-releases of software that collect the bug fixes and enhancements
7. Announcements of software releases with description from item #1
8. A forum to discuss bugs and end-user questions that is monitored by someone who can answer questions.

These items do not have to be done by the programmer, but they do have to be done to make software a success.

I don't favor funding any of the proposals at this time.

A new WiFi driver would be nice, but anyone can have WiFi by plugging in an Intel 5100 and using Doug B's excellent extensions to GenMac.
I'd actually use eclipse, but I can get by without it. We already have lots of excellent programmers editors on OS/2.

I like funding the bww Firefox as outlined by Dave Yeo. I wish we could pay bww to hire another programmer.
Pasha's driver framework is tempting, but only if we can hire him for a couple of years while we get the bugs worked out. Alas, the common fund is too small for that.

Applications / Firefox 24 vs OS/2 World
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:51:03 pm »
I got the new Firefox 24 beta running here. But it's claiming every word I type in the composition box is misspelled. I know I'm not the greatest speller, but how can I correct my mistakes if all of them come up?

General Discussion / Re: Website - Os/2 Release Notes is back up !
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:48:52 pm »
Well, the site looks about right, both on eCS and the new Firefox 24 beta and also on iPad with Mercury Browser

General Discussion / Re: More on new OS/2 developments
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:41:26 pm »

Presently, I have no agreement with Mensys or XEU.

Thanks, Lewis. Good communication includes putting out bad news, too.  If we are limited to putting fixes and enhancements on top of the end users old licenses, it's a pretty serious limitation. I'm looking forward to more clarity on this issue. Like most here, I'm hoping this comes out well.

Good luck!!

Applications / Re: How to make Tor work on eCS
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:26:22 am »
I installed Tor, and configured Firefox, and I found it to work. As you mention, google will no longer search.

I also installed Vidalia, which is a control panel for tor. I changed my setup to put Vidalia in the startup folder instead of tor. Now I have a nice control panel for tor.

Marketplace / Re: OS/2, software and books on eBay
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:10:10 am »
I have revised the OS/2 Museum West webpage to make it clearer that the museum collection is safe, and the new location and curator are also named. Some few items are still in California with me.

I simply did not have space for such a fine collection, and a volunteer stepped forward. I hope to make some of the items available for display this year at Warpstock.

I sold off the duplicate parts of the collection to pay for housing, moving, boxes and other supplies. The licenses for the various items are credited to their individual donors, so I think the whole collection is legal.

Marketplace / Re: OS/2, software and books on eBay
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:29:34 am »
I'd like to point out that the items I wanted to sell are gone, and the OS/2 museum has found a home. Very little was thrown out. Also, for anyone who wants to clean house, there is still a healthy demand for OS/2 items on eBay.

Applications / How to make Tor work on eCS
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:58:20 pm »
Tor is a program to facilitate anonymous web browsing. Paul Smedley ported it, but there aren't instructions on how to make Tor work on eCS.

There are two applications of Tor. The first is just to get Tor to work with Firefox and use the existing Tor network.

The second is to run a Tor server as a part of the Tor network to let others browse anonymously.

I don't know which of these applications have been ported, or even, as I suspect that both functions are part of the Tor executable.

I have no idea how to begin doing either of these applications. Any Tor users out there care to comment?

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