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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:45:31 am »
Oh dear.. 4x speed drive? Who still has such stuff? When remembering correctly, my slowest drive ever was a Mitsumi 6x in 1995, but that is long gone. :/
Currently my slowest drive is an HP Writer 8x read [picture], which still works.
But I'd rather not shread that historical writer, or the cewl CD. Is there an ISO of these CDs around? Would ease the process.. ; ) - Atleast for volume 1, which I do now officially own. (I'd be happy when it would finally arrive.. grrr)

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:05:54 am »
Bought it. :D - Thought it is THAT obscure, I need to have a look.
Should be arriving soon. Let's decide if or if not to put it into the archive after a short content check. : ]

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: March 03, 2020, 01:16:28 pm »
*gg* the [ ] around the Click me link were intentional. Usually I do these as they should "simulate" a button.

Mhm.. okay.. so better only try these CDs in an normal CD/DVD drive. : ]

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:54:06 am »
Japanese indeed! : ) - Would be a nice collectable. *__*
I definitely need more space to store all these... :>

Btw.. anybody know what THIS is?
Front:
Internal:

- Click

Question is also... due to the weird form "factor" of that CD.... is it safe to put that into a production drive? ; )

Moderator's Note: Fixed hyperlink

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; ) The ticket contains URLs proving that AdBlock Plus is collecting user data for their telemetry functionality. Lewis initially didn't believe me, but after posting an Adblock-internal chatlog, we came to the conclusion to rather recommend UBlock Origin over Adblock Plus in MOZ_INFO.HTML, shipped with ArcaOS.

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Ivan, careful: AdblockPlus has a telemetry feature. Might be selling data to 3rd parties.. See Mantis ticket #0002397 @ ArcaNoae

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Applications / Re: Is the Arca Noae update service worth it?
« on: February 23, 2020, 03:41:50 pm »
Sure getting a problem solved for oneself is nice, but what about the other users?

Opening a ticket in Arcanoae's Mantis will make sure the problem is being solved for you AND all the other users.

...as I will demonstrate on an example.
When I looked around for bugs and odd behaviour in ArcaOS, I found quite a few things (users of the testing mail list know my reports). As for instance Win-OS/2 had a problem that hard drives > 2 GB were seen as 0 Bytes free. - But only in Win-OS/2!

I've asked in forums how to solve this, and got a proprietary tool recommended, which needs to be loaded in Autoexec.bat. From that moment on, all the actual free hard drive was displayed nicely, ALSO in Win-OS/2's File Manager.
Knowing this, I did open a Mantis ticket at ArcaNoae. Recommended putting that functionality in from the start. - Outcome: Next release version had this functionality included. No user needs this proprietary software anymore, being loaded in Autoexec.bat. - Cool. :D

Without the ticket, others would still stumble over that bug, need to ask how to solve it (or find my post).
Of course I wouldn't be able to open such a ticket without the paid subscription. So infact I am paying to report their bugs. Weird, isn't it? But not only does membership help bringing OS/2 a bit further into our current time by paying the annual fee, but also actively helps solving problems for others too, by opening tickets and therefore bringing bugs to ArcaNoae's attention.

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General Discussion / Re: Future death of the personal computer?
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:06:41 pm »
Exactly.. cloud makes you pay to access your stuff.
Some cloud services are free to use, but then of course it might be taken away/offline all of sudden, once the hoster is no longer in business or willing to grant you access. - Does not even need to be your fault. - It`s enough to come from the wrong IP range.. like in my case some days ago.

Some brickheads at spamhaus thought that blocking my provider`s full IP range was a good idea, in order to block out the bad guys. Unfortuantely they blocked not only the bad guys apparently.. ;o

So.. what *I* do not like about the cloud is, that you might loose access to your data all of sudden. You do not have control. Only seems like it. Next day the data can be inaccessible for unforseeable reasons.. atleast for a limited time.

And of course in case of an application cloud.. they make you pay to access the stuff, you need... which is often more expensive than simply continuing to use the offline software version as long as it is supported.

Most offline software is still patched nicely for years and years. So why use the cloud version? Well.. 1) you always use the newest version and 2) no need to care about licenses, since your cloud management tool will also take care of this... you book x users for y hours/days..
And it might be cheaper to rent the software, cloud wise, for a short period of time versus buying the full offline product.
That goes, of course, only if you plan to use it for a short time..

But then again..
using cloud services always means taking the risk of ....
1) taking part in telemetry (or even data) collection or harvesting
2) being locked out when you are no longer wanted
3) being locked out in case of hard/software problems at the provider or the hoster
4) paying more than you might need to..

Of course running everything offline means, that YOU are also in charge of backing up everything yourself! Also the cloud hosted stuff mostly is highly available.. if one location fails, you can be sure the cloud switches access to another location, where everything is also duplicated to.
To have the same infrastructure in the same high availability can quickly get expensive..

So.. cloud is both.. good and bad thing at the same time..

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Games / Re: DTA (DTAudio) and DOS Sound Blaster audio
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:46:53 am »
I think the problem is the missing "bridge" on the OS/2 side.

Just an assumption:
On the (virtual) DOS side, VSB translates from SB16 to... what? This then needs to be forwarded to an existing OS/2 driver.. like uniaud or something native to communicate with the actual sound chip.
As long as there is no such "bridge" from VSB (in a virtual DOS session) to Uniaud (or the likes), there might not be any sound being delivered to the actual sound chip.

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Programming / Re: Manipulating a PM window from another program
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:34:39 am »
Unfortunately I cannot help on topic, but a side note: Please keep the shortcuts (close, minimise, maximise) in mind. Removing the buttons alone might not be enough.
I'm not that far into developing on OS/2 to know, but could be that if the buttons are gone, the shortcuts won't work either? - Not sure. - Just as a reminder..

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Article Discussions / Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:45:19 pm »
As of keyboards, I always found the Logitech G15 (first generation) and G19 VERY useful. It provides a small display for status, has live macro recording, offers lots and lots of macro keys, even in three presets.
Macros can either recorded or scripted via software. Even delays between key presses can be recorded.

Same goes for the G19, which is a macro keypad. - Same features as the G15, just that the G19 only has macro keys, and is an addon to regular keyboards.

Unfortunately the only USEFUL drivers for the Logitech G15 exist only for Windows.
Linux has rudimentary support for the G15 display, but nothing to record or script macros via these macro keys. :/
OS/2 not even has this rudimentary support. To OS/2 this is only a regular keyboard with no advanced functions at all...
So.. only Windows can use the full potential of this keyboard.

Logitech G19 support in other OSes than Windows is even worse... it is not supported at all in Linux or OS/2.

Maybe that would be something for a driver wishlist....

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Article Discussions / Re: Community Ideas BrainStorm for 2020
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:32:12 pm »
True indeed. ; ) Getting hardware connected is hard enough on today`s hardware (in the lack of hardware connectors... like RS232 or Centronics connectors onboard (or even hard to get find expansion cards for PCIexpress).. but connecting these hardware into a virtual machine can be quite a challenge.

First of all the hardware itself needs to be connectable via bare metal, then needs to be forward`ble into such a virtual machine.. and that in a way the virtualised software can understand the input.

Currently our electrican has the problem that his old printer died.. physically. Now he could of course virtualise his computer and try to get a new USB printer and ``somehow`` via USB forward connect this new printer into a virtual machine... then somehow translate and inject this in the virtual LPT1... but WHO could possibly do such a thing... not an electican. And I also do not know how to solve this.

Or of course he could try to remain on bare metal.. and get a used old school printer (maybe even the same model as his old one)... but as time goes on, even these might show first sings of failure.. atleast this is not a solution that works forever, as the Centronics port already died many years ago.. and hardware makers do not implement that stuff anymore.. nor drivers for his old DOS 6.22/Win 3.1 machine.
So I thought, he could maybe change to ArcaOS, since OS/ 2 has better DOS than DOS, and a Windows 3.1 also! :D  -But  still.. not sure how DOS software would talk to today`s USB printers in ArcaOS... so maybe(?) also not a solution for him..

So.. maybe brainstorming for what`s needed in 2020... are translation drivers (wrappers?) to translate between the old and the new world.. sound cards, printers, scanners, etcetc..
For retro gaming I`d wish for something for OS/2 DOS sessions to (software based) fake an SB 16 or AWE32 (used to be ISA cards) and translate the stuff to the actual installed audio driver which connects to the actual sound chip. Luckily Lewis said, such a thing is already in development... atleast for audio..

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General Discussion / Re: Future death of the personal computer?
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:49:01 pm »
Well.. the majority of people is most likely unable to use the potential of a PC. It`s far to complicated, expensive, huge and nerdy.
Most people I know, use PCs for organising via Outlook, writing letters in Word, organising address data in Excel (yes, not in Access.. :>), and some more for writing e-mail.
Keep in mind, that each topic goes for one person.

The whole rest is playing games on PC hardware. Sure these definitely keep PC hardware cheap, as these DO invest money in hardware components. - So.. even though the PC was always about gaming too..  ;), gamers are not the majority of PC users world wide.  - And also they have no relevance for the OS/2 platform.. since the newest games do not run on OS/2.

Only a few people I know personally, are using more than one aspect of a PC.
So.. most likely Android and iOS appear to be what people need to do their thing.
They appear not to need what a PC can offer.

It`s been as it always was: PCs are only for those who know how to utilise such a machine for their needs.
Microsoft (mainly Microsoft) constantly tried to sell the PC platform and it`s (new) ease of use to the vast majority of potential buyers. Getting easier with each new Windows version... they say.. sure.. the whole opposite is the case.

But over the years, these people learned that ease of use is the same as reducing bureaucracy... just a trick to make people believe... but in the end it never works out. Things ALWAYS turn out more complicated in the end.

With mobile technology becoming more and more useful and reduced to what people REALLY only ever needed, in my eyes it`s more like things going back to normal again. PCs belong to professionals, and are wayyy to uber for the masses. They simply do not need the potential that a PC can offer.

And (still not finished), new developments even bring games to the cloud. The benefit is, that you do no longer need the ultra latest cutting edge hardware to play up2date games anymore; You can play them in a browser or special software that is linked to a special gaming cloud.
With this even weak hardware can open up new horizons for those interested to simply play computer games. No need for knowledge about hardware anymore, no need for specialised gaming hardware.. and of course the PERFECT copy protection, as the game is no longer client-side.

If this works out as intended, things WILL change drastically.

Edit: fixed typo

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Networking / Re: NetDrive can't load module smbcln47??
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:22:00 am »
Fixed. --> Had to ...
- recreate the "Shredder"
- link it on the launchpad
- drag the weird question mark symbol to the shredder... and it was gone. (tried the same with trashbin... but that crashed everything, including the desktop. :D)

So... everything fixed now. : ]

Thanks guys!! You're great!

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Networking / Re: NetDrive can't load module smbcln47??
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:01:01 am »
Upgraded from ArcaOS 5.0.3 via upgrade function to ArcaOS 5.0.4 - Now it demands smbcln49.dll, when running ndctl!
Very interesting. ArcaOS 5.0.3 --> smbcln47.dll, ArcaOS5.0.4 --> smbcln49.dll

Copy'ed over smbcln49.dll and smbnetap.dll again from the ArcaOS install CD to my local C:\USR\LIB, as you said - and it works now! :D

No idea how and why my ArcaOS suddenly forgot these two files (I hope it's only them?!).. but ndctl AND ArcaMapper is working nicely  again. *__* - Thanks Roberto!

BUT.... there is a new issue (how could it be just working fine?! xD) - After ArcaOS upgrade from 5.0.3 to 5.0.4 I have a dead icon on my (default IBM) launchpad showing as a green bubble with a white question mark on top. I cannot right-click that icon.. as there is no contect menu. - How can I get rid of this icon (or exchange with another application)?
It used to be the 4OS/2 command prompt window link, which magically does not work anymore. - But 4OS/2 does! Launching the 4OS/2 window works fine, via Desktop --> Command Prompts --> 4OS/2 (window)

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