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Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 25, 2020, 12:16:34 am »
I have added a new game to my website about Java and OS/2. Its called "GetFour", the game has several different names like Connect Four, Plot Four, Find Four, Four in a Row, and Four in a Line. Its a two player game or one player against the computer. You can find it here or in Dutch

It looks like this;

Have fun, stay healthy,

Applications / Re: DOSBox Issue - STDCPP6?
« on: May 24, 2020, 12:43:33 am »
It is a long time ago that I installed DosBox, I'm not on the latest and I do now that it is important to have a right dosbox.conf. At first it did not start on my system because I didn't have this file correctly.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 20, 2020, 10:49:41 pm »
I have updated the page " Java programs in the test phase". It does have more colored dots. The red ones are for newly added, the green ones for testing in progress, the yellow ones for is being worked on and the black ones for waiting.
The list is somewhat alphabetic and are the programs I have on the (back) burner. If you miss something don't hesitate to let me know. There are many programs NOT there because after downloading the programs are for Java versions much older (even Java 1.4 is then new), are for Java versions 7 up to 11, do have included dll or so files which don't work on our system, need 3D we don't have or make use of opengl which we also don't have. Then there are Java programs which do only work inside a browser. And last, programs which are pure Java but have inside some crazy lines which do test if it is Windows, Apple or Linux. For what reason? So after starting you get the message that your OS is not recognized. Al those programs are already from the hard disk, some of them where very large. But there is one which does work but will get your disk a dent in space. One jar file with a whopping size of 190.292K and this is a game.
You can read it all here in English or in Dutch

Sorry, but this is a list, so NO picture this time.
Have fun,

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:03:27 pm »
I have added a new game to my Java site, its called JTronic. You can find it here or in Dutch You should read the included manual first before you edit the command file or set your setup in some way.
Picture of the game;

Have fun, be carefull out there in these strange days. Stay healthy.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 12, 2020, 08:17:09 pm »
I have added a new game to my Java corner on my website. Its a classic and its called Big Sollitaire. It looks like this

Now you know why its called "Big". No need for glasses or so. Its good for many hours of fun and sometimes frustration, you  can't have it all. You can find more on my page in English or in Dutch

Have fun and stay healthy in these strange days with Covid-19.

Games / Re: Java Games
« on: May 09, 2020, 08:53:47 pm »
You can remove Wyvern from the list, program does install with some difficulty but it won't run because there is no server anymore and it needs the server to do something. The link is for sale so to speak.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:52:27 pm »
I have added today another game to my Java homepage. Its a traditional Tangram game. You can find more on my homepage in English or in Dutch

Picture ;-)

That's it for today, busy with other games, so stay tuned, have fun and be healthy,

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: April 29, 2020, 10:32:06 pm »
I have added a new game today to my Java homepage. Its called Tyrant and it does have lots of levels, toys and you can go on for ever or drop dead somewhere when something caught you. There are two versions, read more on my homepage in English or in Dutch

There are pictures too, here is one;

Now, have fun. I want also point out that this is Java program 150, never thought it would come this far.
So, that's it for today, be healthy these strange days and when you have to stay home, this is a nice game to forget time.

Internet / Re: The new browser / QT5
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:16:31 pm »
If possible, after having a solid Qt5 and a modern browser on OS/2, I think it will be interesting to fund Bitwise to update OpenJDK. But it would be good to discus the relevance of Java today and if there are interesting Java applications that would be great to run on OS/2 today.
In my search for Java programs, still counting and up to 150 today!, there are lots of programs which have an update or which need a higher level of Java. New features but also databases, new apps which can deal with the new rules from Google or Youtube or what about full featured daw's, the only solution for OS/2 to run serious sound applications which is bugged or even absent in present jdk6. New games, new whatever you can think off. If we could run them all the count will go up to may even 250 programs. So, yes, Java is still important special for OS/2 because it does have applications which are not build native on OS/2. Also lots of applications which uses Java with QT, so the need for update is also in this corner. And to be honest, I'm a little disappointed about the QT spread of applications, had expected more. But that's my opinion. OpenJDK version 11 or the next major version is needed for OS/2 in order to have an interesting spread of useful applications. Even if they start today with porting and so on, it will take also not only money, but also a year or so to do the job.

Applications / Re: WarpIN: Exception on Main thread
« on: April 28, 2020, 07:43:36 pm »
Did you try to open the wpi with archive viewer? May be you can see from there what the problem is.

Trouble with archive systems is that you need that archive system to set something back, sometimes this is only possible as restoring all. I use dSync, very small package which works with scripts. You get a backup which is the same as your harddrive (depends how you do your setup with the scripts). More than once I had ruined a file and I just copy that single file back to the harddrive. Also very usable to store a drive or directory which you can read occasionally  if needed but which is no longer on your system. Furthermore you do progress in your way of handling and thinking about your computer setup, so a mirror or full backup of your drive might not work anymore because you do have other thoughts, plans or layout. With dSync backup you just copy back what you need to an other place then where it was originally backupped from. So in the end more freedom.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: April 20, 2020, 01:54:26 am »
During lock down due to the corona virus you get somewhere some trouble. So I updated my Java homepage with a program which can help in some way. Its called FatCalc. You need a separate tool (from very cheap to very expensive) for using it. See my page for more info. The program was original only English speaking, today also Dutch ;-), but frame names are hard coded and will stay, the rest of the information will be Dutch. It make use of the locale, so automatic the right language if available. Therefore the picture below is in Dutch, but trust me, it was English before I did something ;-).

Want to try? You can find the page here and in Dutch here

Okay, stay cool and healthy,


If you are looking around with several software vendors then you see everywhere this kind of structure popping up. The problem is that everything is already written, there is not really completely new software. Sounds may be strange, but it ends all in a few models which are around from the beginning. So the earn-model is drying up, people and business buy once a program, register it and that's it. You could see that with Windows. So now the next thing is that you can't buy it anymore, but you have to register and pay every year some kind of fee, like it was a magazine. Its already done with Windows, Office in different forms, Java, only OpenJDK is still free, but for how long? Next QT and after that the next firm which see its income going down. The question will be if this is a bad thing?

Games / Re: Java Games
« on: April 14, 2020, 12:30:11 am »
No, by the author. The difference is that there is an exe file for OS/2 which start the program and redirect to the browser. So not good news, won't work in most cases.
Tried to compile, first did change the awt calls to swing calls, swing version +100 errors, hybrid version +40 errors. As far as I can see it and reading the errors from the swing error log file I need to rewrite the complete program. This is more difficult then writing a program from the bottom up. I don't have the time now to do just that, moreover, need to investigate in some calls how to proceed on, it ain't be easy, special when it comes to "canvas".

Games / Re: Java Games
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:55:26 pm »
Hmm, mixed files, thought that the download was from this site, but its from your's. There is source in the file, ie java files. Have to look into, because it is not that simple to rewrite it in a fast way.

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