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Moneydance vs. Moneyplex in future?! (from Joerg Sievers)
Since 12/29/1999 is Moneydance available in version 2.0.4, a Java-based 'Quicken'-pendant (you can im-/export Quicken-files) but at the moment without a onlinebanking-modul. Moneydance is available in different languages and very useful to view your accounts 'offline'. Yes, it is a Java-application but it is fast enough running on my P166/64-machine and has some interesting features (also in development):
  • Transaction auto-completion
  • Transaction search
  • Check Printing (regular checks, or checks with stubs)
  • Multiple currencies (you can even define your own!)
  • Support for multiple accounts and true double-entry
  • An easy to use checkbook register-style interface with many shortcuts
  • Custom 3D and 2D graphing with ability to print or export to GIF files
  • Report generator with export to HTML and printing capabilities
  • QIF (Quicken Interchange Format) file import and export
  • Cleared vs. actual account balances updated as you work
  • Multiple languages (Italian, German, French, Brazilian/Portuguese, UK and US English) and number/date formats
  • Scheduled transactions and reminders
  • Reconciliation tool to simplify checkbook balancing
  • Automatic notification when upgrades are available
  • Extensive transaction sorting options
  • Support for multiple dates per transaction
  • Support for split transactions
  • Currency fields support math expressions, and automatic currency translation
Some features in development:
  • Online banking
  • Budget management and tracking
  • Stock portfolio and investment management
  • Online portfolio updates
Mybe it is for the authors important to know that the Europeans need HBCI (Home Banking Computer Interface) as an implementation for online-banking because the traditional way through CEPT (aka 'BTX' or 'T-Online Classic') will be closed with the end of 2001 in Germany (I don't know what is going on with the France system which is nearly the same?). In the newsgroups some users said that the authors replied very fast to their mails and if they will to make online-banking possible in Moneydance we can get a really cheap shareware-application (US$ 30 through BMT Micro)! I am looking forward to another program in this software-section because it should not be the truth in future that the end of Moneyplex is the end of online-banking in Europe (esp. Germany) on OS/2!

-> URL: http://moneydance.net/
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TTC7-Highlights for Warpstock Europe 2000 (from Sascha Weber)
For the 7th release of the "Team Trier Collection" (TTC) CD-ROM the team has two surprises: If you buy a TTC7 you will have to pay 50 DEM less for RSJ-Writer 3.x and also 50 DEM less for the registration of matrica's Moneyplex with HBCI-support! The TTC 7 will be available in the same time as the "Warpstock Europe 2000" will start in Karlsruhe, Germany, where you also can buy the CD-ROM for DEM 10. Further informations soon on the TTC homepage.

-> URL: http://www.teamos2.ipcon.de/en-index.html
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Sun makes StarOffice code public under GPL (from Joerg Sievers)
Now it is official: StarOffice will be opensource under the GPL. Today on the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Monterey, California (USA) Sun will announce it. It will be the code of the next generation of StarOffice 6.0 which is more structured in components and the modules like wordprocessor and spreadsheet will be optional startable as standalone applications without the StarOffice desktop. Additional German News from Heise Ticker.

-> URL: http://mktnews.nasdaq.com/newsv2/pullstory.asp?textpath=d:\www\nasdaq\news\rf\2000\07\19\RF040359AT690.html&site=NASDAQ&sitesubtype=&usymbol=SUNW&logo=&companyname=
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APC Magazine (Australia) with OS/2, SO 5.1, etc.. (from Clayton Lai)
The July 2000 issue of Australian Personal Computer (APC) Magazine is distributed with 3 CDs containing a full version of OS/2 Warp 4.0, along with Red Hat Linux 6.2 and BeOS 5 Personal Edition. OS/2 is in Disc 2; also included are StarOffice 5.1a for OS/2, Netscape Communicator for OS/2 4.61, AntiViral Toolkit Pro for OS/2 3.0.133, Zip Control, The Graham Utilities for OS/2, FileStar/2 2.10d1 and Embellish 2.01. As stated in the documentation booklet included with the magazine, APC's version of OS/2 Warp 4 differs from the retail version in that it does not contain the disk images found in the retail installation CD; installation with the APC version is strictly by CD-ROM only; to quote the instructions: "It is technically possible (to install with floppy disks) by copying all files in the CD sub-directories to floppy disks, (but) we don't recommend it." Also absent are the drivers one can find from the DevicePak CD, and the demos of commercial applications.

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Sponsoring of Aurora for OS2.org (from WebTeam OS2.org)
Webteam OS2.org would like to thank
IBM Deutschland GmbH
EMEA Warp Team

for their sponsoring of OS/2 Warp Server for e-business to OS2.org.
A big thank you also goes to the Coreteam-Members of EMEA Warp:
  • Oliver Mark, Teamlead, Warp Server & High Availability
  • Oliver Stein, Workspace On-Demand, Device Driver & Odin
  • Rainer Feuerstein, WSOD & CID
  • Martin Dippold, CID & High Availability
  • Markus Heyl, Warp Server & Linux Interop

With the new hardware we installed some weeks ago and OS/2 Warp Server for e-business OS2.org is now based on very good system equipment, that will allow us to realize even more ideas. Wait and see what we (Webteam OS2.org) will make out of it.
Have fun surfing OS2.org.

Your Webteam OS2.org

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Serenity eComStation, the new OS/2 Warp ? (from Andreas Linde)
Serenity Systems announced their new product eComStation, which will be a "new OS/2 Warp Client" based on the version that IBM will release as Convenience Pak, in November.
The eComStation will also include some extra features:
  • IBM Desktop On Call (enables you to take over your desktop from any Java enabled webbrowser, within your LAN or at the other side of the world
  • Serenity Systems WiseClient (the WiseClient from Serenity Systems enables your workstation to be a Managed Client from a WiseManager.
  • Additional applications IBM took out of the Convenience Pak, like VoiceType, BonusPak etc.
  • Optional SMP and JFS, which until now are only available in the Advanced Server editions of OS/2.

There will be three versions of eComStation available:
  • eComStation (standard).
    • Full version: 279$
    • Upgrade: $139
  • eComStation SMP - this version is able to run on multi-processor systems (up to 64 processors!) and offers very high performance.
    • Full version: 389$
    • Upgrade: $249
  • eComStation Pro - offers also JFS (journaling File System functionality), besides SMP.
    • Full version: 499$
    • Upgrade: $359
The Upgrade for OS/2 Warp 4 users will be available until 31th january, 2001. The prices are taken from Mensys. The product is announced to be available before the end of January 2001. A preview is announced to be available in late August.

The enhancements for stand alone usage compared to the Convenience Pak are very rare. There even isn't a big price difference to a Software Choice subscription (around $200 for 2 years), which gives everyone all the OS/2 updates from IBM (including Convenience Pak, TCP/IP 4.3, JAVA 1.3, ...). Business users will benefit much more if they intend to use the WiseManager architecture. And why is the JFS filesystem only included in the Pro version, since IBM released JFS to open source. Home users could benefit very much of JFS enhancements in speed and reliabilty compared to standard HPFS.

-> URL: http://ecomstation.mensys.nl
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Sun Forte Java IDE on OS/2 (from Achim Hasenmueller)
Even though IBM has made the sad decision to no longer support OS/2 with their VisualAge for Java product, there is an excellent (for many people even superior) replacement until Project Odin fully supports VAJ: Sun Forte.

You can download Forte Community Edition for free at the listed URL.
It requires Java 1.3.0 on OS/2 which is available as a preview release on IBM Software Choice (reserved feature). However, Forte currently crashes during installation which is a bug in the pre release Java. So you have to install it on another platform and copy the Forte directory to your OS/2 machine. Also, the Java pre release is missing two files. Get jdk1.3\lib\tool.jar and jdk1.3\lib\dt.jar and copy it to your OS/2 java13\lib directory (might not exist). This problem has been reported to IBM like the crash before.

Then create a forte4j.cmd in your forte4f\bin directory:
SET _FORTE4J_HOME=y:\forte4j
SET JAVA_PATH=d:\java13
SET EXT_PATH=%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\AbsoluteLayout.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\javac.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\jh.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\regexp.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\servlet.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\ext\xml.jar;
SET CLASSPATH=%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\developer.jar;%_FORTE4J_HOME%\lib\openide.jar;%JAVA_PATH%\jre\lib\i18n.jar;%JAVA_PATH%\lib\tools.jar;%JAVA_PATH%\lib\dt.jar;%EXT_PATH%

java -classpath %CLASSPATH% -Djava.security.policy=%_FORTE4J_HOME%\bin\forte4j.policy -Dnetbeans.home=%_FORTE4J_HOME% -Xmx96m org.netbeans.core.Main
If everything goes well, Forte for Java will now start (takes quite a while, huge application) and you can use it to develop Java software. A quick test did not show any problems once the installation and initial start has been mastered.

-> URL: http://www.sun.com/forte/ffj/ce/download.html
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New Support Forum for Papyrus & Papyrus OFFICE (from Carsten Müller)
R.O.M. logicware announced these days a new support forum for their word processor "papyrus" and "papyrus OFFICE". This web-based forum contains discussion groups, where papyrus users can get support from and discuss with the developers.
The new papyrus forum is located at http://www.commTalk.de/rom and it's part of the commTalk.de community, where you can find large forums for OS/2, Linux, Java and a variety of other topics. The membership of commTalk.de and commTalk.de/rom is free.

-> URL: http://www.commTalk.de/rom
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Visual Age for Java 3.5 not for OS/2 (from Per Johansson)
IBM won't ship VisualAge for Java 3.5 for OS/2.
This clarification was sent to the newsgroup ibm.software.vajava.non-technical 2000-06-30.
The OS/2 operating system is recommending that developers move to a platform neutral environment for the deployment of e-business applications by mid next year.
Based on this decision, the VisualAge for Java team had very strong discussion about developing a 3.5 for OS/2 or not. I was part of the discussion. It seemed reasonable to not deliver a product that will be obsolete by mid next year. I am sure a lot of you will disagree. What we want is for you to be able to work on your platform of choice and to support you. If OS/2 decides you should migrate, why should our team say something else. I understand you do not agree with the OS/2 decision of asking you to migrate. What I do not understand is why are you blaming the decision of not providing a tool.
Knowing that, I believe the OS/2 will help each of us successfully migrating to another platform. And once again I will be frank. If you decide to migrate to a non IBM development environment because of that, I will be sad, I will understand your decision and I will wish you good luck in the future. If you decide to use VisualAge for Java we will make sure we support everything you do.
OS/2 is still supported as a deployment environment with remote debug and EMSRV.

-> URL: http://www.software.ibm.com/os/warp/strategy
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Easteregg in Flash/2 (from Joerg Sievers)
A collegue in the Fidonet has written a hint to the Flas/2-PlugIn (turn your loudspeakers ON!):
  • In Netscape
  • Help
  • About Plugins
  • Flash Plugin
  • Settings
  • About
  • About Screen
  • watch the 'about'-movie
  • if it has been finished, watch the red dot above in the right corner
  • Click it
...and listen to it! :-)

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