Installing OS/2 Warp in a Virtual Machine

I’ve had OS/2 running in a virtual machine for years; specifically, a Virtual PC one. But I’ve always known that OS/2 has idiosyncracies, such that it won’t run in VMWare (although it’s getting better in VirtualBox).

By change I stumbled on the excellent site OS/2 Museum. The whole site is fascinating, and if you’re interested in the history of OS/2, or Windows, for that matter, it is a great read.

However the post that caught my eye (obviously) was Installing OS/2 in a virtual machine, which finally explained why it’s such a pain to get OS/2 going in a virtualiser.

Still, nice work – makes me want to dig out the zip file I saved it in and relive Warp 3 again, just for a while…

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Convert Access 2007 forms to 97

You might be surprised by this, but you can still back convert Access 2007 forms, reports and modules to Access 97! (Why is another matter, of course, but let’s presume that you need to…)

OK, first of all, you need to export them to text, which is explained here in far more detail than I care to explain it.

So now, when you fire up Access 97, and try and convert them by running this line:

Application.LoadFromText acForm, "YourFormName", 
 "C:TempForm_frmTest.txt"

It fails, right? Well, you can easily change that by editing the text file itself… Continue reading

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Why can’t you call a Windows folder ‘CON’?

After reading this quite interesting – and entertaining – list of 25 things you didn’t know about Windows to celebrate Windows’ 25th anniversary, I got to wondering…

Number 23 says you can’t name a Windows folder “CON”. Try it. Create a folder on the desktop and call it CON, it’ll rename to “new folder”. Why? Actually, the answer’s simple… Continue reading

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Using Getright as download manager in Ubuntu

GetRight

GetRight logo
Licence:shareware
Status:stable
Version:6.3e (April 2009)
Web:
Homepage

Yes, GetRight. The Windows-only, paid-for, shareware download manager. Running on Linux. But before you ask – why? Continue reading

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Kubuntu 8.10

Kubuntu

Licence:mainly GPL
Status:current
Version:8.10 (Oct 2008)
Website:kubuntu.org

Never having tried Ubuntu (or at least, got it working), I decided to take the plunge and “borrow” a few gig of space from another partition to install Kubuntu on (I’ve always been keen KDE and wanted to play with KOffice.) Continue reading

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