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Marketplace / BayWarp OS/2 Museum Store
« on: 2012.04.29, 21:06:14 »
BayWarp, the OS/2 user group in the San Francisco Bay Area is raising money to keep operating its website by selling off excess books and software from the OS/2 Museum.



http://www.baywarp.org/membership/museumshop.shtml

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Applications / RPM YUM error
« on: 2012.03.25, 22:36:12 »
I think I need help with what I hope is a simple error. I have used RPM YUM to install Qt 4.7, and I thought it was working well. But now I get the following error when I type

yum update

and I get this:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "E:\USR\BIN\YUM", line 29, in <module>
    yummain.user_main(sys.argv[1:], exit_code=True)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 254, in user_main
    errcode = main(args)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 109, in main
    result, resultmsgs = base.doCommands()
  File "/@unixroot/usr/share/yum-cli/cli.py", line 352, in doCommands
    self._getTs(needTsRemove)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 99, in _getTs
    self._getTsInfo(remove_only)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 110, in _getTsInfo
    pkgSack = self.pkgSack
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 777, in <lambda>
    pkgSack = property(fget=lambda self: self._getSacks(),
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 567, in _getSacks
    self.repos.populateSack(which=repos)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/repos.py", line 279, in populateSack
    sack.populate(repo, mdtype, callback, cacheonly)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 187, in populate
    dobj = repo_cache_function(xml, csum)
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sqlitecachec.py", line 46, in getPrimary
    self.repoid))
  File "/@unixroot/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sqlitecachec.py", line 31, in open_database
    con = sqlite.connect(filename)
sqlite3.OperationalError: unable to open database file

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Events / Encyclopedia Britannica entry for OS/2
« on: 2012.03.14, 16:04:46 »
The news story is about Encyclopedia Britannica stopping print publication, but up until now I didn't think about them as an on-line encyclopedia. Here is their entry for OS/2.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1461033/IBM-OS2

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Article Discussions / Making ATMs Accessible
« on: 2012.03.01, 18:39:21 »
http://www.os2world.com/content/view/21108/2/
Quote
Posted by Martin Iturbide - Monday, 26 September 2011


There i. .. .

Just wondering... I know there is DOS text to speech software. Is there anything available for OS/2?

Installing a sound card and jack on ATM is no picnic, either, but there are quite a few machines still in service. I know my bank is still 100% OS/2 ATM.

Worse, the software is closed, so reading the text and blanking the screen has to be done by an external program.

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Hardware / Warp 4 on Intel 945C-based industrial comptuer
« on: 2012.02.21, 16:51:06 »
eCS 2.1 runs fine, but I'm trying to also get Warp 4 to run. It's an Intel 945C based single board computer in a passive backplane with 1 GB RAM and a 500 GB disk. Stops before loading basedevs with

c0000005
DOSCALL1.DLL  0002:0000a455
(more registers)
cs:eip=005b:1c02a455

I've tried lastest 16-bit OS2DASD (also DaniDASD), kernel 104a, latest DaniS506, DaniATAPI, but I think it's trapping even before it gets there. I'm wondering if I have some file with hardware information from the old Warp 4 computer that I took the Warp 4 image from.

MCP 2r refuses to install.

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Multimedia / VLC player and Panorama
« on: 2011.07.23, 01:31:24 »
I've always used SNAP and VLC player just works.

Now I've got a newer laptop and SNAP doesn't work, but Panorama does. Is there any way to run a movie player, preferably VLC?

My first search shows that Panorama and DIVE don't get along, which is probably why no movie player seems to work.

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Networking / SAMBA server and IBM OS/2 File and Print Client
« on: 2011.07.05, 20:07:51 »
I installed SAMBA Server on a test system. I had a few difficulties.

1. The Rexx utilities are required. Don't install the server without them. But the WPI for the Rexx utilities suggests the wrong directory. C:\eCS\DLL will install the utilities in C:\eCS\DLL\eCS\DLL. Change the directory to C:\ for a correct installation.

2. Once the installation is done, and the server configured, then I can connect to it with the SAMBA client, but not with the IBM OS/2 File and Print client. I've added

lanman auth = true
client lanman auth = true
client plaintext auth = true

to my smb.conf, but I still can't connect due to NET2758:  The system cannot connect to the server.

Cause:  The user ID and password you are currently logged on with do not match the access privilege required to complete this action.

Action:  Log on with an ID and password that provide the required access or provide the matching password with the ID.

If I can get this to work, I'll update the BayWarp webpage to give people some help to get the server running. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Hardware / Does SSD performance degrade over time?
« on: 2011.04.22, 03:31:25 »
I installed an SSD on my main machine. I'm using this machine for way too
many hours per week. I measured the performance of the SSD with SysBench
when it was new and after nearly three months, measured the performance
again. For a control, I also measured a new SATA 500 GB hard drive to show
how that had aged.

Here are the raw results.

January 30, 2011

 Disk I/O disk 0-1: 38162 MB - Mushkin MKNSSDCL40GB-DX
   Avg. data access time :       --.---    milliseconds
   Cache/Bus xfer rate   :      214.346    Megabytes/second
   Track 0 xfer rate fwd :      170.150    Megabytes/second
   Middle trk rate fwds. :      208.443    Megabytes/second
   Last track rate bwds. :      229.395    Megabytes/second
   Average Transfer rate :      202.663    Megabytes/second
   Disk use CPU load     :        4.530    percent
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Total                 :       --.---    Disk I/O-marks

 Disk I/O disk 0-2: 476938 MB - Hitachi HDP725050GLA360
   Avg. data access time :       18.300    milliseconds
   Cache/Bus xfer rate   :      217.855    Megabytes/second
   Track 0 xfer rate fwd :       87.965    Megabytes/second
   Middle trk rate fwds. :       79.320    Megabytes/second
   Last track rate bwds. :       47.720    Megabytes/second
   Average Transfer rate :       71.668    Megabytes/second
   Disk use CPU load     :        1.820    percent
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Total                 :      445.426    Disk I/O-marks
   

April 21, 2011

 Disk I/O disk 0-1: 38162 MB - Mushkin MKNSSDCL40GB-DX
   Avg. data access time :       --.---    milliseconds
   Cache/Bus xfer rate   :      214.309    Megabytes/second
   Track 0 xfer rate fwd :      169.736    Megabytes/second
   Middle trk rate fwds. :      205.306    Megabytes/second
   Last track rate bwds. :      229.634    Megabytes/second
   Average Transfer rate :      201.559    Megabytes/second
   Disk use CPU load     :        4.560    percent
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Total                 :       --.---    Disk I/O-marks

 Disk I/O disk 0-2: 476938 MB - Hitachi HDP725050GLA360
   Avg. data access time :       18.200    milliseconds
   Cache/Bus xfer rate   :      217.789    Megabytes/second
   Track 0 xfer rate fwd :       87.885    Megabytes/second
   Middle trk rate fwds. :       79.311    Megabytes/second
   Last track rate bwds. :       47.762    Megabytes/second
   Average Transfer rate :       71.652    Megabytes/second
   Disk use CPU load     :        1.840    percent
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Total                 :      444.863    Disk I/O-marks
   
The amount of aging is barely larger than the expected measurement error
for the benchmark program. Based on this test, I'd expect the SSD to
remain pretty fast for years.

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I have some old OS/2 systems that are running Warp 4, FP 8. The multi-media player works for MACAW.AVI with sound.

I'd like to play modern videos on these systems. Rather than try to get some modern player to work on FP8 (a waste of time, I think), I'd like to convert the videos to play on the original Warp 4 player.

I've tried ffmpeg, but I don't know what encoding to ask for. Everything I've tried so far causes one error or another when I try to open the file in Player. Can anyone suggest how to convert videos to play on the old player?

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Article Discussions / SmartSVN version 6.6
« on: 2010.09.03, 05:21:39 »
Quote
http://www.os2world.com/content/view/20168/2/

Posted by Martin Iturbide - Monday, 30 August 2010



SmartSVN version 6.6 has been released (8/20/2010). This is a Java Subversion GUI client, with features like built-in File Compare/Merge, Change Report or Tag and Branch handling, and more. It requires Java 1.4.1 or higher.

Source: OS/2 Warp News and Rumors


Starting with version 6.6, SmartSVN requires Java 1.5. SmartSVN 6.5.10 is the last version to support OS/2. The part of the SmartSVN website mentioning OS/2 has been removed.

The final version for OS/2 is available here.

http://www.rbri.org/smart/smartsvn.html

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Events / eCS 2.0 to be released at Warpstock Europe
« on: 2010.04.03, 01:00:23 »
This newsletter appeared on the eComStation yahoo group.

http://shop.mensys.nl/mailings/20100401/newsletter.html

Apparently the press release isn't quite ready, but I'm optimistic that eCS 2.0 is finally coming out.

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Marketplace / For Sale: A sporty laptop
« on: 2010.02.18, 22:40:31 »
Blonde Guy has prepared a sporty new laptop. Mobilopeep is small, yet powerful. Intended to be easy to travel with, Mobilopeep weighs 3 lbs, 3 oz and has a 12 inch screen that fits in places where larger laptops are awkward. Battery life is 5 hours with the extended battery.

Mobilopeep starts out as an IBM Thinkpad X41, then gets the maximum RAM and an UltraBase X4 docking station with an UltraBay Slim DVD/CD-RW drive. Then Blonde Guy installs a 64 GB solid state drive (SSD) for outstanding hard drive performance. At home, the dock connects to your monitor, keyboard and mouse (USB and PS/2 are both supported.) SNAP accelerated graphics supports both normal and wide screen monitors.

See the Blonde Guy Computers For Sale web page for more details and ordering information.

http://www.blondeguy.com/ComputersForSale.html

Blonde Guy Computers come with eCS installed and configured and many applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.11 and RSJ CD-Writer installed as well.

If you don't see what you want on the website, please tell me what you'd like to see when you buy your next eCS computer.

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Applications / OpenOffice.org and .xlsx files
« on: 2010.02.02, 02:44:07 »
I have OOo for eCS and it can open and edit .xlsx files, but it can't save them. Am I missing something?

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Marketplace / eCS pre-loaded laptops
« on: 2009.11.28, 18:48:33 »
Blonde Guy Computers are back in production after a busy consulting season. On the website, you will find a couple of machines ready to ship.

http://www.blondeguy.com/ComputersForSale.html

Speebopeep is an IBM Thinkpad T43 with a 2.0 GHz CPU, 2.0 GB RAM, an 120 GB hard drive, a DVD-multi-burner drive, an extended battery pack and a high resolution 14 inch SVGA+ display.

Furbopeep is an IBM Thinkpad T43 with a 2.0 GHz CPU, 2.0 GB RAM, an 120 GB hard drive, a DVD-multi-burner drive and a high resolution 15 inch SVGA+ display.

Blonde Guy Computers come with eCS installed and configured and many applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.11 and RSJ CD-Writer installed as well.

If you don't see what you want on the website, please tell me what you'd like to see when you buy your next eCS computer.

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Programming / OS/2 queues
« on: 2009.10.09, 06:52:37 »
I've had problems with queues under OS/2. Queues are used for Interprocess Communication.

Create a queue with

#define INCL_DOSQUEUES   /* Queue values */
    #include <os2.h>

    HQUEUE hq;

    DosCreateQueue(&hq, QUE_FIFO |
                   QUE_CONVERT_ADDRESS,
                   "\\queues\\sample.que");

It works great, and you can read, write, peek, etc. But if there are more than about 3000 messages in the queue, OS/2 becomes unstable. And that 3000 is the number of messages in any queue system-wide, not per queue.

Anyway, I complained long ago to Scott Garfinkle, and he sent me a fix. I think the fix works, at least in my test code, but I don't think it was ever released.

I'm attaching the fix to this message. I don't know if it will ever be of any use to someone. How many people even use queues?


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