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31.07.2002
News from Netl@bs (from Adrian Gschwend)
Hi OS/2 and eCS Community,

It's quite a long time ago that I promised a complete relaunch of OS/2 Netlabs. The past months a lot of people asked me about the outdated webpages and about serveral projects, let me explain why it takes that long and what you can expect soon.
End of July 2002 I finished classes at the Computer Science Departement at Biel School of Engineering in Switzerland. As you can imagine it's quite a lot of work to finish the studies so I couldn't invest as much time into OS/2 Netlabs as I expected. I also had to earn some money in my spare time...
However, at my current job I wrote a new content management system (CMS) I will use as well for the new webpages at netlabs.org. This CMS is working on my local testwebserver and will be enhanced in the future.
I will have my diploma exams in early September and November/December I
will write my diploma work. That means after my exams I will go to Hamburg (Germany) to meet Arne Blankerts which hosts the netlabs.org webserver.
In Hamburg I will completely update the current webserver and enable the
new face of the webpages. After the relaunch we will have some exciting
new projects at OS/2 Netlabs, I'm quite sure you will like it!
The update will be ready for Warpstock USA, Arne Blankerts will introduce it live at our OS/2 Netlabs booth and answer your questions. Because of the new CMS everyone can be an active contributor to OS/2 Netlabs, even as a normal user. We will provide a short introduction to our CMS at Warpstock (USA and Europe) and we hope that several users will get so called Project Administrators. This will help us to keep OS/2 Netlabs up to date in the Internet.
There will also be a lot of news for developers out there, we have plenty of ideas which will be discussed as soon as possible. Also we plan to relaunch edm2.com, the domain is now hosted at netlabs.org (and belongs to us as well, thanks a lot to the previous EDM/2 crew!).
If you want to meet us you should definitely visit Warpstock USA and/or
Europe. A lot of our developers will be there and we also have several
presentations about OS/2 Netlabs related projects. It's always a great
plesure to meet the people out there in real live! I can't make it to
Warpstock USA unfortunately but I will be at Warpstock Europe.

That's it so far, expect some news soon!
Enjoy the summer!
Adrian Gschwend & the whole OS/2 Netlabs crew

Links:
OS/2 Netlabs - http://www.netlabs.org
EDM/2 - http://www.edm2.com
Warpstock USA - http://www.warpstock.org
Warpstock Europe - http://warpstock.os2.org


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30.07.2002
DB2 development for OS/2 stopped (from Jens Wiessner)
Directly from the Release Notes:
Discontinued and deprecated functions. The following communication protocols are no longer supported:
  • IPX/SPX as a DB2 client-server protocol. This means that DB2 Version 8 servers cannot accept IPX/SPX connections, and DB2 Version 8 clients cannot be configured to use IPX/SPX.
  • SUNLINK SNA because SUN has announced that protocol's discontinuation.
The following operating system environments are not supported in Version 8:
  • OS/2
  • PTX or NUMA-Q
  • Windows 95


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26.07.2002
Extra information on test eComStation BootCD (from Roderick Klein)
We would like to thank all the people who have so far reported there experience with the eComStation test BootCD. However here are some extra tips.
If you have a something that goes wrong with boot CD you can report your experience via the BugTracker on www.ecomstation.com.
You can will find the bugtracker option when you log in on www.ecomstation.com. Please remeber to tell on which SCSI card and/or with which IDE chipset it went wrong. Which driver(s) you loaded ? Not just that it failed or worked on an X amount of machines, we need more information. We of course also like to hear from you when the boot was successful. Please also test the utilities MINIlvm and PMFORMAT which can be found in the directory \ecs\install on the CD.
If you get a trapscreen (black screen with text) when booting of the CD, please look on the screen for the field CSLIM=. If the value is FFFFFFFF its not useful. However if the value behind CSLIM=0000xxxx (where xxxx is an hex decimal number), please also report this. In some cases we can trace then in which device driver it went wrong.
When booting of CD its true you will NOT come further then a pmshell WITHOUT desktop and with a command prompt. This is normal with this test cd.
We have also seen people ask the question how you must burn the track to CD. You need burn it as an ISO image. This means that you must not burn it as a bootable CD. RSJ has the option to burn an ISO track or give the CD burner a drive letter. You must not give the CD burner a drive letter and then burn the ISO image to CD. Drag and drop the ISO image in the CD record view and then burn the ISO image to CD.
And please read the documentation that you can find on the same page as when downloading.

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Surprise: We are on-line again... (from Joerg Sievers)
The German carrier "KPNQwest Germany" is back and the lines are up again. We are also surprised and News will be available next days here again.

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17.07.2002
Warpstock Austin volunteers needed (from Luc Van Bogaert)
Are you coming to Warpstock 2002 in Austin Texas, October 5-6?
Warpstock 2002 is less then 3 months away now. The presentation schedule is filling up nicely and the excitement is building. If you are planning on coming , would you like to help out at the event? Volunteers who contribute at least two hours of their time during the weekend receive a free Warpstock shirt and the eternal gratitude of those who attend the event. Without the volunteers, the show would not be a success.
We need volunteers to help man the registration table, the Warpstock booth, act as room monitors, help with the network setup, help with the exhibition hall setup and breakdown. You don't have to be local to the Austin area to help in these areas. One thing we could use help with this year from those familiar with Austin, are suggestions for the Social event. Do you know of a facility near the Arboretum area, that can provide an interesting evening for about 100 people? If so please let us know at warpstock-team@warpstock.org. Make sure you let us know if you are interested in volunteering and what position you may be interested in helping with. (When you notify us in advance of your plan to help we can make sure we order the correct size and number of shirts, and we can better coordinate the event.)
For more on Warpstock 2002 please see our web page at <http://www.warpstock.org> where you can find more information about hotel reservations and a preliminary list of scheduled sessions.
Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock web site: <http://www.warpstock.org>

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15.07.2002
Warpstock 2002 (EU) announcement (from Gerrit Schoenmaker)
When and where:

The annual OS/2 (eCS) event in Europe will be held this time in the historical city of Arnhem in the Netherlands from November 8th - 10th, 2002 at the Youth Hostel "Alteveer". Members of Dutch, German and Belgian OS/2 usergroups are working together in organizing this event, giving the European thought an extra impulse that way.

The location:

Alteveer Hostel is a modern accomodation situated in the on the woody northern site of Arnhem, which is located at the banks of the river Rhine. It's close to the bustling city centre and with lots of recreational facilities in the area. The famous Open Air Museum and Burgers Zoo are within walking distance. A bit further you will find the Hoge Veluwe National Park with the Kroeller Mueller Museum and its outstanding collection of art and paintings.

Accessibility:

Inspecting a globe you will find Arnhem about a 100 km east of Amsterdam, some 10 km away from the border with Germany. It's about one hour from Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) either by car or train. Arnhem is as far as 400km from Hamburg, 165 km from Koeln, 640 km from Basel, 215 km from Bruxelles and 510 km from Paris.
The Hostel Alteveer is easily reachable from the A12 highway at exit 26 toward Arnhem-North, no matter if you are coming from Amsterdam or Germany.More information you will find on the website.

The accomodation:

The hostel itself (http://www.njhc.nl/english/hb_entree.cfm?id=6) has a very domesticated atmosphere, modern meeting rooms, a cheerful English pub, snooker billiard and a nice main lobby with a variety of chairs. There is already a bed and breakfast for the rate of about $20 per night for a quadruple room. So the hostel has the ultimate ingredients to exchange knowledge among OS/2 enthousiasts, even during the night! If you are curious about pictures of the hostel take a look at http://warpstock.os2.org.

If you prefer a real hotel over a youth hostel, of course there is the possibility to make a choice from a wide range of all kind of Hotels in the city of Arnhem. There is a very nice website to choose hotels from (http://www.bookings.nl/cgi-bin/searchpage.pl?lang=uk&id=100001&style=B). More information about registration and all the things you need to enjoy Warpstock Europe 2002 are published very soon on the Warpstock website.


What could one expect?

If you are dealing with OS/2 or eCS, no matter in what way, one of the most frequently asked questions is: How to get things working on OS/2............!

So much attention on this Warpstock Europe will be paid to that, e.g. USB devices, digital camera's, etc.

Dutch, German and Belgian OS/2 usergroups are presenting themselves, showing you all the practical things you allways wanted to know.

Furthermore vendors will be present with special offers of OS/2 software (Mensys BV: www.mensys.nl) and full OS/2 supported IBM hardware (Bluelink BV: www.bluelink.nl). The offers you will discover there are really irresistable!

Some presentation sessions by well known people inside the OS/2 world are already confirmed.

We mention here:
  • Mensys people : A look at the complete rewritten installation procedure of eCS
  • Alain Reykaert: CID install
  • Marcus de Geus: REXX-mail
  • Bart van Leeuwen: The brand new email client "Lookout/2 "
  • Peter Kolle: All about the excellent DTP program Maul
  • Achim Hasenmueller: Innotek software
  • Marcus Montkovski: USB support OS/2
  • Zsolt Kadar: That amazing UpdateCD
  • Oliver Stein: Get connected by IR


This is only the beginning and there are much more presentations to come.

If you are interested in giving a presentation feel free to contact Christian Langanke (C.Langanke@TeamOS2.de)

Gerrit Schoenmaker (g.s.schoenmaker@kader.hobby.nl) or John Bijnens (john.bijnens@planetinternet.be).

All speakers at Warpstock get a free bed & breakfast in Alteveer Hostel for one night! So go ahead and get in touch.

More information will be available very soon at the Warpstock Europe website warpstock.os2.org.

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14.07.2002
Many news (from Joerg Skottke)
Again there were that many news that they don't fit on the welome page, please descend into the software section to read them all.

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Warpstock Hotel reservations (from Mark Dodel)
Warpstock Hotel reserJust a reminder that the hotel block reserved for Warpstock 2002 attendees is only assured until September 13, 2002. Rooms after that date are as available and not at the guaranteed Warpstock rate of $129 single/double. For a comparison their regular rack rate for the Austin Renaissance Hotel is $217 for a single/$237 for a double room. I know most people don't pay rack rate but the hotel has told us they expect to be sold out that weekend, so its not a good idea to wait until the last minute this year to make your arrangements for attending the event.
vations
Also to get the Warpstock convention rate you have to be sure to use the event code of "Warpstock 2002". You can contact the hotel directly at:

Austin Renaissance Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759
USA
Phone :512-343-2626
Fax : 512-346-7953
Web site: Austin Renaissance Hotel
And if you haven't registered yet, don't forget to save money on your Warpstock registration at our new secure online store: http://bamart.com/warpstockinc Early registration is only $70 thru Sptember 7, 2002.
For more on Warpstock 2002 please see our web page at where you can find more information about hotel reservations and a preliminary list of scheduled sessions.
Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy.

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08.07.2002
Warpstock 2002 (CZ) this week (from Filip Molcan)
At this weekend, from friday to sunday, Warpstock Czech Republic 2002 will
be held in Decin, in Czech Republic near border with Germany. It is a
small event for all OS/2 and eComStation users and fans. The entrance is
free for everybody. There is a basic program of the event:

Friday 12. 7.

evening (18 or 19) - meeting in a local pub chatting,familiarize,
drinknig etc..


Saturday 13.7.

10.00 Start of the Warpstocku 2002 CZ
10.05 10.10 Something about OS/2.cz (Filip Molcan)
10.10 10.20 Something about blue.point (Filip Molcan)
10.20 11.20 The basics of the OS/2 networking (LuboÜ Cerny) 11.20
11.30 Pause
11.30 12.15 VirtualPC for OS/2 (Jan Beitl)
12.15 14.00 Dinner
14.00 14.45 eComStation 1.0 (Filip Molcan)
14.45 15.30 Shared connection to the internet via modem (Lubos Cerny)
15.30 15.45 Pause
15.45 16.45 VLFN (Peter Kocsis) presentation in english
16.45 17.30 A test for OS/2 users we have nice prizes (Warps 3.0,
books, Cds...) - also in english

evening in a pub, or free evening ;-)


Sunday 14. 7.

10.00 Start of the second phase of Warpstocku CZ
10.00 10.45 Mobile communication with IBM OS/2 (Jan Beitl)
10.45 11.45 Multitasking in IBM OS/2 (Jaroslav Kacer)
11.45 12.00 Pause
12.00 12.45 IBM OS/2 Warp Server for e-business (Filip Molcan) 12.45
Dinner, the end of the presentations...

Afternoon a trip to national park Czech Switzerland (http://www.npcs.cz) or to see the historical mununemts in Decin.

If you are interested in this event, you can still go there, but almost
everything is in czech language...

For more information, please visit http://www.os2.cz/warpstock or write me
- molcanf@os2.cz


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07.07.2002
Warpstock 2002 flyer available (from Mark Dodel)
At the request of some folks interested in helping promote Warpstock 2002 in their neighborhood, a color flyer was created by Luc Van Bogaert. You can download this flyer in PDF format at <http://www.warpstock.org/2002/flyer.pdf>. For what it is worth, I have found that it prints out much better in Acrobat Reader for OS/2 3.0 then in GSView.
For more on Warpstock 2002 please see our web page at <http://www.warpstock.org> where you can find more information about hotel reservations and a preliminary list of scheduled sessions.
Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. the Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock web site : <http://www.warpstock.org>

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03.07.2002
IBM training for Connectix Virtual PC (from Oliver Mark)
IBM is offering a special 3-day training on the productsuite Connectix "Virtual PC", namely "Virtual PC for OS/2" and "Virtual PC for Windows with OS/2 Guest Support" (IBM class code: TAVPCEDE). There will be one class in Germany (July, 17th - 19th, IBM Mainz) and one in the USA (date and location not defined yet). The costs are 2200,- EURO/Dollar. If you are interested in taking this class you need to contact emeawarp@de.ibm.com.

The Agenda reads as follows:
Day 1Day 2Day 3
Introduction
  • product overview, history, features, highlights (Virtual PC for OS/2 and Virtual PC for Windows with OS/2 Guest Support)
  • comparsion with other techniques and solutions
  • principles of operation, host, guest systems, virtual hardware, additions, features
  • migration scenarios
  • InnoTek / IBM partnership, InnoTek Partner Network
  • customer references
Virtual PC for OS/2 advanced topics
  • CID, WSOD
  • networking considerations: Shared Networking, Virtual Switch, Ethernet, Token Ring
  • printing considerations
  • Windows manageability considerations
  • rollout considerations
Virtual PC internals
  • problem determination / analysis
  • performance tuning / analysis
  • lookout: future developments
Virtual PC for OS/2
  • product installation: prerequisites, components, CID, WSOD
  • Windows guest installation and configuration: Windows 2000
  • virtual harddrive scenarios
Virtual PC for Windows with OS/2 Guest Support
  • product installation: prerequisites, components, CID
  • OS/2 guest installation: prerequisites, Additions
  • advanced networking scenarios: Virtual Switch, SNA, NETBIOS
  • printing considerations
  • rollout considerations
Hands-On
  • VPC/2 and VPC/Win Q&A, individual scenarios
VPC for OS/2 Hands-On (open end)VPC for OS/2 Hands-On (open end)


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01.07.2002
Warpstock (US) online registration (from Luc Van Bogaert)
pleased to announce that our online registration site is now ready. There are only about 3 months until the OS/2 event of the year, which will be held the weekend of October 5th and 6th, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin Texas.
We have heard your complaints and problems with last year's online payment methods and have contracted with Bank of America to act as our credit card processor. No additional fees, no questions about security for your transactions. Your VISA and MasterCard transaction will be processed securely via BOA merchant services.
Early registration for both days will be $70. This price is valid until 4 weeks prior to the event. After September 7th, registration will be $95 for the two day conference. A one day price of $70 is also available.
But by registering early you get both Warp packed days for the price of a one day admission.

Warpstock 2002 - C/O Stan Sidlov
187 Hilltop Court
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 07442
United States of America

For more on Warpstock 2002 please see our Warpstock web page where you can find more information about hotel reservations and a preliminary list of scheduled sessions.
Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy.
More information is available at the Warpstock web site

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Warpstock (US) presentations (from Luc Van Bogaert)
Warpstock 2002 is to be held the weekend of October 5-6, 2002 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin Texas. With just about three months until showtime, we have been working hard to bring you some of the best OS/2 experience of the year.
The following new presentations have been confirmed so far, with more to follow in the coming weeks:
  • CID, LSMT, Rapid Deployment, presented by Alain Rykaert
  • DFSee, an introduction, parts 1 and 2 , presented by Jan van Wijk
  • The miracle, presented by someone who is as yet secret
  • F/X communication, presented by Brian Smith
  • XML on OS/2, presented by Gregory Bourassa
The following sessions have a change in presenters since the last announcement:
  • SciTech SNAP Graphics for OS/2, presented by Kendall Bennett
  • GoldenCode Trace Suite, presented by Greg Shah
For a complete list of all currently confirmed presentations, please see the full list of presentations at Warpstock.orgIf you are interested in giving a presentation at Warpstock 2002, please contact our speaker coordinator, Oliver Mark (o.mark@de.ibm.com) with a synopsis of your presentation, a speaker bio and any presentation requirements. We would be especially interested in sessions on networking, programming and advocacy.
Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock web site.

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