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Applications / Re: Back Again/2000 - open .dat files
« on: 2012.05.14, 03:41:49 »
Since XWP exists, that's not such a great feature anymore. Open-sourcing these packages
is exactly 10 years late.

I'm glad that Martin reached out and was able to obtain source code to OS/2 programs and it doesn't matter how old the programs are as someone somewhere will find them useful.  Remember, someone may not actually use the program itself but read the source to learn more about how to program for OS/2.  There's more benefits to open source programs than simply overlapping one of your favorite programs.

I think your statement is narrow-minded and over-generalized.  It also speaks nothing of Martin's efforts to help out the OS/2 community at large and not your over-inflated sense of what's good and what's not good for the OS/2 community.

Mail-News / Enigmail and Seamonkey
« on: 2012.04.17, 03:47:53 »
Hi, all-

I was looking at using Seamonkey under OS/2 but I wasn't sure about Enigmail.  I use encrypted email quite often under Windows using Seamonkey, Enigmail, and OpenGPG which works great.  I did see after doing a bit of searching on Hobbes today that there's a recent version of OpenGPG for OS/2 (a good thing) but the last version of Enigmail supported Seamonkey 2.0 which left some doubt in my mind as to whether I could have this capacity under OS/2.

I'm not interested in switching to any other solution to solve this problem right now but I was wondering if anyone is currently using Enigmail under OS/2 with a more current version of Seamonkey and if so what they thought of it.

Communication / Re: Comm Program for OS/2 Suggestions
« on: 2012.04.11, 15:36:04 »
Anyhow, I digress, I appreciate all the help on this topic and indeed I am very happy to see people willing to help.  My goal of course, is to make sure that all my platforms can talk over a serial link to a BBS.  This makes it the ultimate lab IMHO.

I know a few people that might be able to help you with the Amiga stuff (I'd have to ask to make sure).  If you need help, drop me an email at sean at outpostbbs dot net and I'll see what I can do.

As for the comm program, I'm glad you've got it working!  I mainly use ZOC if I'm on the BBS machine but that's pretty rare that I have to telnet out from that machine.  I use Syncterm under Windows and Linux for my BBS connection needs.

This website is full of friendly and experienced OS/2ers and if you have a question, I'd say there's someone around with an answer or who can point you in the right direction.

Good luck with the BBSes!


Applications / Re: Imaging software
« on: 2012.04.11, 15:31:58 »
DFSee. Depending on the booted OS you can save the images on network drives or USB attached disks of course. DFSee runs on OS/2, DOS, Linux and Win. Of course when booting from the DOS boot floppy/CD these options are limited. AFAIK there is a bootable Linux USB image available too.

But for backing up an OS/2 machine I usually prefer xcopy or zip.

I'd forgotten about DFSee but I was trying to find a freeware/open source solution for now.  I just can't justify the cost of DFSee with my current financial situation (I'm a starving college student :)) although DFSee is definitely worth registering!  I should have said that I'm currently backing up the BBS via Back Again/2000 to tape.

I'm wanting to create two images of the machine to burn to DVD to keep safely off-site in a safe deposit box.  I don't mind having to re-install and configure OS/2 as that's the easy part.  Redoing the hundreds--thousands, really--of man-hours invested in the BBS itself is another matter entirely.  I discovered last night and there was a good article on the website about different backup solutions.  Although it wasn't quite what I was looking for, it gave me some good ideas.  I also discovered in another forum here on how to use GTAR/GTAK with the tape drive I have installed so there's another option also.

Thanks for the DFSee reminder.  Maybe when my financial aid comes in next semester I'll go ahead and register DFSee since it works on everything.


Applications / Imaging software
« on: 2012.04.11, 03:09:40 »
Hi, everyone--

(I hope this is the right forum for this question.  ;D )

I've decided I'd like to make a full image of my BBS' drives which are HPFS formatted.  Does anyone know of any current imaging software that will work properly with HPFS formatted drive and be able to create an image over my LAN?


Programming / Re: TechnoJock in VP
« on: 2012.04.11, 03:02:12 »
Ok, does anyone have a VP 1.0 or 1.1 CD they would like to sell?

I know this is an old topic, but have you tried asking on VP's Ning forum at  Allan created that forum so since you're a registered user, perhaps he can give you what you need.

Hope this helps.


Communication / Re: Comm Program for OS/2 Suggestions
« on: 2012.04.11, 01:42:16 »
Hello, fellow sysop.  :)

I'm running ProBoard 2.17 under Warp 4.52 here.  As for your comm program, I'd suggest either mTel (for telnet stuff) or ZOC.  DOS comm programs under OS/2 can act kinda strange at times from my experience.  I have Procomm Plus and QModem here and have tried them both to varying successes.  PP tends to die on my 3.2gHz machine with a strange error which I'm assuming is akin to the RTE200 bug that unpatched Pascal programs suffer from.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.  I've been running a BBS under OS/2 Warp since 1996 and have picked up a few tricks and tips along the way.

Oh, a note about the Mystic BBS version mentioned here: it is unsupported currently and there are no plans as far as I've heard from the author for a new version of an OS/2-native Mystic BBS.  I've offered to help him set up an OS/2 machine but have never heard back.  If I was going to run an OS/2-native BBS, I'd run Maximus/2 or Telegard/2.

-- HM

Setup & Installation / Installing eCS 1.2 on a Thinkpad T40
« on: 2007.07.07, 14:02:39 »
Hi, everyone.

I've purchased a Thinkpad T40 (off-lease) and am waiting for it to arrive.  I'd like to install eCS 1.2 on it and run Windows of some sort in a Virtual PC window (I need Windows for some of my software that has no equal in eCS).  What I'm wondering is if anyone else has done this?  I noticed that OS/2 is officially supported on it according to IBM's website.  However, looking around, I saw very few drivers for OS/2 on this machine.  I don't believe it has wireless built-in, but I'll be needing it as a mandatory item since I'm moving into a new apartment and don't have room for wired connections.

The Thinkpad has XP Pro on it already.  I was wanting to run eCS on it because a lot of my favorite applications are OS/2-based.

Any information/opinion is appreciated.


Applications / PM ZIP front-end
« on: 2007.06.29, 03:18:40 »
Can anyone recommend a good free PM-based front-end for eCS?  I use it a lot when I program and need something that works.  I've tried what's on hobbes and most of them lock up or don't have features I need.  Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.


OS2 User Groups / Re: Atlanta OS/2 User Group?
« on: 2007.06.06, 14:39:01 »
Well, looking at OS/2 Connect there are 2 user groups listed in Georgia, but problem is that I don't think that the info has been updated in couple of years; but who knows - Golden Code are still around:

That webpage is dead and so is the email address...I'll try the UGA one later.  Thanks for your help though.

Maybe I should try to start one of my own... :)


Article Discussions / Re: PMMail/2 version 3.0 beta 1
« on: 2007.06.06, 14:35:05 »
I both hear, (read), and understand you.  Smiley

I'm glad someone does...I usually get written off as a crackpot.  :D

While i find both of these payment schemes unusual and I wouldn't otherwise go those routes, I can't say that either will stop me should I want the upgrades, but both have all ready slowed me down.

Before I go any further, I want to say that supporting a charity that you believe in is great.  However, forcing other people to do so isn't and that's what my beef is.  I don't mind paying for a good program (and now that I have a good job and can afford to register programs, I fully intend on it) directly to the author who did the work.

I used Thunderbird for about a year and got sick of it eating my E-mail. I get over 100 messages a day and it simply couldn't handle it, (though I liked the built-in HTML viewers... sorta).

Now I've used PMMail/2 for about nine months and I've used MR/2 ICE for ten years or more, and neither of those has ever cost me one message.

I have no doubt that the average users needs are less demanding than mine WRT this so I fully expect that  Thunderbird will do it for the majority of users.

Thunderbird, to me, is very slow to load.  I guess it's because it's a ported program (can't explain otherwise as I tried it on a 1.8ghz machine with 1GB RAM).  I tried MR/2 and didn't like the UI, so I tried PMMail.  Except for a few quirks in the the program, I like it.  When I set up eCS here soon for my personal use, I'll start using that again.  I personally really like Post Road Mailer, but unfortunately, it's lacking in some features I find rather handy that PMMail has.

As for mail eating, my dad is having that same problem under XP and T-bird.  That's odd you should mention that as I've been talking to him about it...I'll have to look.

As you, I get a ton of email every day and when one message goes missing, that can be a bad thing, especially from when it comes from one of my beta testers (I write BBS doors).

But nevertheless, it's good to see some revival in OS/2 software.  I wish I had more time and will-I'd try to learn more and help.  But, I'm learning REXX and I'm armed with VX-REXX, so maybe one of these days I might grind out a useful little program. :)


OS2 User Groups / Atlanta OS/2 User Group?
« on: 2007.06.06, 12:22:35 »
Is there an Atlanta OS/2-eCS user group anymore?  There was something I found a few years ago when I first moved here, but I can't find anything on a recent fact-finding mission.  Does anyone know if there is one here in the Atlanta area?


Article Discussions / Re: PMMail/2 version 3.0 beta 1
« on: 2007.06.06, 11:33:31 »
The only problem I'm having with this "revival" in these packages and others is the idea of being forced to "give" to a charity that I personally don't want involvement in, such as MR/2 ICE and Pronews.  I prefer to donate money elsewhere or directly pay the author, which is why I'm hesitant to use any of this software, including PMMail.  I really don't want to belong to a user group that I'm not interested in and I don't feel it's right being forced to join when I would rather just pay someone and let them do what they want with their money.  I'd rather pay a person for the job they've done rather to further something that they believe in and I don't.

It's also why I don't use most of these programs or use older versions that don't require that subscription model.  I'm glad that the programs are being revived, but I disagree on how to pay for them.  But honestly, I think most people have gone to Thunderbird or SeaMonkey by now.  It may be too little, too late for most of these programs.

Just my two cents' worth.


Programming / Re: VX-REXX
« on: 2007.06.05, 21:14:05 »
Thanks for the URLs, I appreciate it.  I am supposed to be learning PHP and MySQL for work, but my boss (who is a very good friend of mine) said that if I felt more comfortable using REXX, he'd put REXX on the Linux box that is of particular interest for me.  At work, on every shift, we have to take readings on equipment and right now, the template we use is about four pages long.  The idea is that we want to create a MySQL-based CGI that we can run from a Palm via the local intranet and store all the data in a MySQL database.

I know I've seen REXX APIs for both CGI writing and dealing with MySQL; I have to first bone up on REXX and then start doing the CGI stuff.

Again, thanks for the help.


Programming / VX-REXX
« on: 2007.06.05, 07:23:43 »
I happened to be digging through some CDs I came into possession of a few years ago (I've just moved and am unpacking) and lo and behold, I have a full installation of VX-REXX.  I'd been putting off learning REXX, although I have three excellent books on how to program in REXX.  Now that I have VX-REXX, I'm more interested in learning it, especially since I just moved my BBS machine to eCS 1.2MR and am planning on purchasing eCS 2.0 when it is released.

Does anyone have any good books about VX-REXX that they would recommend?  I have a book about REXX by Ronny Richardson and I found one by him at Amazon.  I like his book I have now and am wondering if this other book by him would be good.

I'm particularly interested in learning REXX for my specialized uses (such as writing a decent terminal program for use with telnetable BBSes and a MU* client) and I'm trying to get started off on the right foot.

For the record: I'm not interested in porting these to any other platforms as I'm mainly wanting to write these for my own personal use (I'll probably release them though for public consumption later).

Any and all help is appreciated.


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