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Happy New Year 2008

January 01, 2008 by Mark Dodel

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Mark Dodel

Happy New Year to everyone. Its 2008, at least here on the East coast of the United States. eComStation 2.0 is still in testing, but should be delivered to us in 2008. VOICE begins its 12th year of existence and the News list has been around since May 7, 1997 as well. Certainly a lot has changed in that time, but it seems there are still a few people interested in using OS/2 and its latest incarnation eComStation. Hopefully 2008 continues to bring new items of interest. The VOICE web site received a major updating this past year, but previous features like the OS/2-eCS User
Groups and Mailing List pages are still available as resources if you need them. Also there are forums available at which are not being used at all so far. Registration is required, but is free.

Just a reminder if you are posting to the VOICE News list, please either use the web form on or directly via email to (remove the DESPAM). Sending a post directly to one of the moderators may result in it being delayed or lost. Any email sent to the feedback address only goes to the moderators, so if you have a question about a post please make sure you send a copy to the original poster.

As always if you are submitting an announcement try to make it as brief as possible, but with basic information like a description of the item and a URL where more information can be found as well as a URL where it can be downloaded if it is software. Also if its an update please list what has been changed if you know it. Please also give complete identity of the sender as well as a contact address. We will do our best to obscure that, but readers may need to contact you.

If you are a developer don't just upload your work to hobbes or your own web site and forget it. Write a short announcement and send it to VOICE so the OS/2-eComStation community can know what you have done and what the software is capable of doing. If so please send out an announcement so people know what you have worked on. I can only hunt down so much information on my own and it would be a really big help if people would send in announcements. A big thank you to Peter Weilbacher, Eugene Gorbunoff, Sander Nyman, Peter Koller, Paul Smedley, Jan van Wijk, and Herwig Bauernfeind among the many others who have sent in frequent and complete announcements. It would be great if more folks would send in announcements for new and updated OS/2-eCS related developments. Otherwise I have to hunt things down myself, and unfortunately I miss a lot.

As to the list itself, we start the year with 595 subscribers. That is about 70 fewer than a year ago. Though somewhat disappointing to see subscribers go, it is still quite nice to see so many people left on the list a full year after IBM has abandoned us completely. Currently there are very few mail rejections and all are of a temporary nature. The VOICE News list is currently still mirrored on the OS/2 Info Yahoo list with another 143
subscribers, as well as the OS/2 News service -
which is used as a news feed for some other web sites.

Hopefully we will see more from in the future, though VOICE News still does not get any feed from os2news itself. Hopefully that will change in 2008.

Finally a big thanks to Paul Smedley who covers list moderation for me when I am away. I'd like to see a pool of moderators be formed so we could spread the workload around. Let me know if you have the time and interest in helping out. As always the VOICE Newsletter can use help as well, with writing, editing and translating. If you can help even just a little, please contact us at I would hate to see this longtime OS/2 resource meet the same fate as all the other online periodicals.

Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to find our announcements of interest. If not please use the unsubscribe feature on You can use the same web page to change your email address if needed.


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