15 February 1995.
"The 1995 IBMTM Technical Interchange gives you more variety than a big bowl of gumbo." (IBMTM brochure)
The 1995 IBMTM Technical Interchange at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will be held May 21-25, 1995.
Over 300 sessions are planned with topics including: IBM, OS/2, LAN Server Interoperability; Warping the Internet; HPFS Internals; OS/2 Warp, Journey into the Unknown; OS/2 Plug and Play; Designing the Killer OS/2 Application. An extensive exhibit hall will showcase over 100 software and hardware vendors.
Full conference registration advance rate (before April 7) is $895.00 per person. After that, the cost will be $1,095 per person. Cost to attend the exposition only is $20.00 per person. For more information, call 1-800-872-7109 or FAX: 508-443-4715.
The monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 11, had about 11 people in attendance. It began with a brief plea from Neal for help from the group's members. Neal will maintain the unofficial role of chairman of the club, but several others will take over various jobs, including Frank, who will reserve the meeting room and publicize the club, and George Welch, who will record the minutes of the meeting.
Topics discussed at the meeting included a possible World Wide Web (WWW) Page for the user's group. The group is currently looking into a Web site in the Department of Agricultural Engineering. Suggestions for the Home page are welcome.
Another idea discussed was a "Good, Bad, and Ugly" hardware/software compatibility report by the members, which would appear in the newsletter and Web site. See the related article in this issue for more details.
The group also discussed the software review policies. Occasionally, the club receives copies of software to review. Any member may check out a copy of the software for evaluation purposes after signing an agreement with minor restrictions. One of the conditions of check-out is that the member present both a demonstration of the software at a meeting and write an evaluation of it which may appear in a future edition of the newsletter. The software currently checked out includes Sytos Premium [Dwight Miller] and PFS:Works [Bret McLaughlin].
Inventory of club property was also discussed. Neal pointed out that the club now owns various books, software, video cassettes, and a couple of years worth of back issues of OS/2 Professional magazine. All are available for check-out by members. At the meeting, Dwight donated an "IBM - Team OS/2 in Action" videotape to this collection.
George demonstrated a "head-to-head" display of the image viewers PMJPEG and PMView. He was clearly biased toward PMView in his demo. He used the software on his own PC, a 486DX-33, with 16 Megs RAM, Vesa local-bus ATI Graphics- Ultra-Pro video card running in 1024x768x16, OS/2 2.11, and ATI's cheesy-rodent OS/2 video drivers for the demonstration.
A Comparison of Elapsed Times for Rendering 24-bit JPEG Images
Resolution PMJPEG PMView 300x300 3 1 640x480 9.5 2.8 800x600 12.6 3.7 1024x768 23.3 8 1536x1024 45 12
From the table above, one can see that PMJPEG is nearly three times slower than PMView for displaying JPEG images. For rendering GIF images, both rendered more quickly, but PMView was still the faster by a factor of two. Other factors considered in the review were PMJPEG's ability to do screen capture, and PMView's drag and drop slideshow paradigm. PMView also has a really nice/really annoying thumbnail capability, and outstanding WPS integration.
After two hours, the meeting then degenerated into various discussions, and broke up.
The OS/2 Users Group is looking for hardware and software experiences for an OS/2 compatibility list. This list will be similar to the "Good, Bad, and Ugly" INF document found on hobbes.nmsu.edu and other OS/2 FTP sites. In particular, we want to know:
Send your hardware descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "GBU."
``OS/2 Warp Shipments Reached 1,000,000 Worldwide on January 18,1995.''source: IBM OS/2 Warp Home Page
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