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Several Bounty Suggestions
« on: 2009.11.21, 06:22:17 »
There had been also some other bounty suggestions. Here i list them:

1) Squeak port.

http://www.pharo-project.org
http://www.jvuletich.org/Squeak/SqueakForOS2/SqueakForOS2Eng.html
http://www.squeak.org/


2)GNASH Firefox Plugin
http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

3)Google Chrome browser
http://code.google.com/chromium/

4)Lightscribe system software allows users to burn labels on Lightscribe CDs and DVDs with burners that are made to do so.   
http://www.lightscribe.com
(But this one I don't think is open source)

5)Improvement to USBCOM.SYS
The older versions of the Nokia phones supported the virtual modem protocol among others to communicate through the USB port! Nokia seem to have dropped the named protocol out from the new series 40 mobile phones and replaced it with one of their own! For example the Nokia 6700 classic doesn't have the virtual modem protocol any more. The series 60 phones make the USBCOM.SYS driver to crash! Huawei and many other manufacturers use protocols of their own in 3G/4G modems. They need support as well!

What do you think ?
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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: 2009.11.24, 22:06:23 »

Other one that I like is some kind of Google Gadgets support for OS/2.
http://code.google.com/p/google-gadgets-for-linux/
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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: 2009.11.24, 22:24:05 »
How about Rainmeter support?
http://code.google.com/p/rainmeter/source/checkout

The gadgets/widgets are plain-text files (.ini) and the documentation for them is quite open.

I'm sure someone could easily code an OS/2 native Rainmeter interpreter. No worries on compatibility being broken either as Rainmeter program always remains 100% backwards compatible with older scripts.

If anyone is interested, here is a Rainmeter skin I am currently working on.
http://www.rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1862&start=0
« Last Edit: 2009.11.24, 22:25:42 by Saijin_Naib »

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: 2009.11.25, 04:55:03 »
Hi Martin

Do we need another browser? Seems we have enough problems trying to keep up to date with Mozilla developments...

How many of us have Lightscribe capable burners? None here... I do have a printer that can print labels directly onto printable CD/DVD discs though.

Gnash seems to be a bit behind Flash10. As we seem to be close to a working "odinised" Flash10 release maybe we should support that Mensys project. Yes, I know that Flash10 is supposed to be for eCS2.0 users but I have a sneaking suspicion that Mensys will want to recoup investment and maybe even make a slight profit so would expect Flash10 to become available "for earlier releases of eCS and OS/2" at some point.

I have no idea what "google gadgets" are so no idea if they would be nice to have.

Is "Rainmeter" a google gadget? - and what is it?


Off topic: As I do not seem to getting any reply to my recent mail to os2world, via Contact Us, asking what happened to the item of news that I submitted a little while back that never appeared in the OS/2 & eCS Software News section I guess now is a good time to ask you?


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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: 2009.11.25, 06:02:51 »
Regarding Chrome: It (webkit) renders faster than Geko. No arguments. That being said, it can be touchy/glitchy and I personally just don't like it. (Not sure about Webkit vs Firefox 3.6 though)

Regarding LightScribe: Have had LightScribe capable burners since Samsung first released them (about 3 years or so ago).

Regarding GNASH: It is still at about Flash7 level, so not terribly useful. However, it is open source so people will likely prefer that option.

Regarding Google Gadgets: Desktop widgets like OSX Dashboard Widgets or Vista/7 Sidebar widgets. Small (usually Javascript/XML) applets that reside on the desktop that typically perform net related functions: check weather, stocks, exchange rates, check inbox, etc.

Regarding Rainmeter: Unrelated to Google Gadgets. It is a stand-alone gadget/interface program that allows the user to script gadgets/interfaces in plain-text .ini files. It is fully open source and has a very avid community.

This is a picture of Enigma (a Rainmeter Config):
http://i39.tinypic.com/23l5e8.jpg

This is a picture of Syn (my Rainmeter config [binary clock/calendar]):
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa316/Saijin_Naib/Syn_Updated.png

As you can see, Rainmeter is very flexible and can meet the needs of the user. All they have to do is choose what configs to run. It is also insanely light on resources.
« Last Edit: 2009.11.25, 23:21:31 by Saijin_Naib »

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: 2009.11.26, 15:07:51 »
Pete, about the Off Topic, I had send you some emails, but I haven't get a reply from you. Did you get my email, can you write me back ?

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: 2009.11.26, 17:05:28 »
Hi Martin

No email received from you to date.

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: 2009.11.26, 17:38:25 »
Hi Saijin_Naib

How many burners are Lightscribe capable? A quick glance at various current burners suggests not many but I could be wrong. No doubt if you have a burner with this capability you would want to use it. What you need is a programmer who has access to a Lightscribe device for testing purposes though.

When gnash is up to flash10 capability would be the time to consider porting and using it - but by then Flash will probably be at 12/15/20? so gnash will still be behind. What I think we need is for Mensys to get in well with Adobe and get access to the flash code. Then we could end up with a native flash player/plugin that would not have the odd problems encountered with "odinised" versions.

Google gadgets does not sound like anything I'd use but nice to know what they are.

I looked at your Rainmeter images and wondered what they are about... Then realised your description of each image should be applied to the other image - or have I got that wrong? Must say that the images do not really inspire me to want a copy though... I guess that is partly because I prefer a clean, uncluttered desktop myself.


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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: 2009.11.26, 18:54:08 »
I'll use Newegg as a good representation of consumer availability, and going by that, 16/46 Burners are LightScribe capable. I guess you are correct, it is not very common. I was one of the people who actively sought them out when I learned what it was because I found it to be a very novel and useful functionality. I am in the minority it seems :P

Well, the first link I provided was for Enigma. It is a suite of Rainmeter configs that, in its default layout (as pictured) can completely replace the desktop.

The second link was to my (currently only) two configs: A binary clock (on the bottom left) and a binary calendar (on the bottom right). The clock is seperated by : and the calendar by |

Again, these are only two of the many hundreds of examples, and my config is certainly not for everyone. But then again, I only made it for me so that is unsurprising :P

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: 2009.11.27, 15:08:49 »
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...that would not have the odd problems encountered with "odinised" versions.
Please explain this a bit further. Which problems do you mean?

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: 2009.11.27, 18:13:30 »
Hi Andi

You mean you have never had problems when using an "odinised" Flash7?

If you answer "No" then you must be extremely lucky. I find flash7 works reasonably well some of the time but sometimes it only plays video and no audio, other times audio and no video - and it seems to like crashing for no obvious reason.

If you are asking about the "odinised" Flash10 that is currently totally unusable; hope they fix the smp related problems before release.

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: 2009.11.27, 20:12:10 »
Pete, I think some of the issues with Flash7 not playing audio or video reliably was when a hacked (to appear as Flash9) version tried to play streams that had Flash8 or above content.

Naturally, an older flash player would not be able to interpret this data and would error out.

However, I found the Flash plugin to be quite unstable after periods of time (possible memory leak?) and it would invariably crash my browser. I have not been able to test Flash 10 plugin, but from what I've seen here and on the newsgroup the feedback has not been overly positive.

I hope that they iron out the stability issues an that these additions to Odin are pushed to the Odin project on Netlabs. It could use a little updating :)

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Re: Several Bounty Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: 2009.11.28, 21:06:35 »
Hi Andi

You mean you have never had problems when using an "odinised" Flash7?

If you answer "No" then you must be extremely lucky. I find flash7 works reasonably well some of the time but sometimes it only plays video and no audio, other times audio and no video - and it seems to like crashing for no obvious reason.

If you are asking about the "odinised" Flash10 that is currently totally unusable; hope they fix the smp related problems before release.

Regards

Pete
I use Odin for various programs but hardly any version of flash. F.i. before we had Lucide the Odin-Acrobat5. And for my puposes it works reasonable well. Point is - Flash 7 and 10 may have various problems. But I think these are not (only) Odin problems. If I ever use flash I would prefer a Odin-Flash10 than Gnash at level 7.