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BeDope’s narrow non-return

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Jan, 2003 @ 10:07 AM

So it seems Mike Popovic isn’t quite as missing as we thought. He used to run BeDope, but that ended quite a while back when it bought AOL Time Warner, forming BeDope AOL Time Warner, or when Mike got bored. Whichever is more likely.

In any case, it seems that he is still doing BeDope like things, but on a slightly smaller scale. Things such as HipShake, a site developed for the HipTop, which in turn was developed by Danger, where it’s email component was developed by Kenny Carruthers, who previously developed Postmaster (get it free as binary here; opensourcing it never happened) for BeOS. Whew!

Anyway, HipShake looks like fun. It hasn’t been updated in over a month, but hey… for a while there, neither had we. Maybe this will motivate Mike to pick it up again. Oh, and he has a note on the BeDope frontpage about a new project. (Hint: Look at the top of the right column). Finally, if you miss the original BeDope, why not check out BeDoper or Twisted Thread, both pretty darned good attempts at keeping the spirit alive.

New OpenBeOS PCL5 Printer Driver

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Jan, 2003 @ 9:05 AM

Michael Pfeiffer, OpenBeOS Printing Kit lead, has released a PCL5 compatible printer driver based on Y.Takagi’s libprint, which is in the OBOS cvs servers. Apparently this made it easy to write raster print drivers, and to prove it Michael whipped this one up.

The PCL5 compatible driver powers many popular printers (such as HP Deskjets), and is available in an early form for download and testing here. If you are feeling fancy, you could follow these directions to build from source.

OpenBeOS app_server updates

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 28 Jan, 2003 @ 2:15 PM

So DarkWyrm has been pretty busy lately with his work on the OpenBeOS app_server. For those of you who don’t know, the app_server is the part of beos that controls all the window rendering, the mouse cursors, and all the general things that let you view and interact with windows, buttons, etc.

Anyway, DarkWyrm maintains a site where he posts news on his progress. Recently he announced that his implementation has a new cursor manager (custom systemwide cursors anyone?), added patches from David Chester to enhance the FreeType 2 rendering, and he posted a mockup of the OBOS R1 app_server look.

DarkWyrm stays very busy with this, and everyone benefits from his hard work. Thanks!

BeMail.org on it’s way back

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 28 Jan, 2003 @ 2:09 PM
Site News

Right… So by now all of you who use (or used) BeMail have noticed it’s down. Turns out that the domain expired a little while back, and the notification was sent to some old contact information.

Several people noticed and sent me an email, and one even went so far as to track me down on the phone (which I am afraid I didnt handle with too much grace as I was in a bit of shock.)

One “anonymous donor” went ahead and renewed the domain for 3 years, so it should be back as soon as DNS propagates. I will keep an eye on it and make sure it works. We are going to do everything we can to stabilize and be more active in the mainanence of bemail. It’s a pretty useful thing, and we are sorry for the hiccups.

The Last OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 23 Jan, 2003 @ 12:05 AM
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Hehe, I just can’t get over that title - I kill myself… :P

Ahem. Sorry…

The newest, and not last, newsletter for OpenBeOS is online. So why is “Last” even in the headline? The last with me as the editor. Head on over to the OpenBeOS website to read it.

…Hehe, I kill myself… :P [wipes single tear from eye]

John Fehr’s Be stuff

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 23 Jan, 2003 @ 12:02 AM
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While Be stuff on auction is not normally something that deserves it’s own news item (I didn’t even do it for my own auction for my webtablets) - I do this not only out of deep respect, but also for a good friend who lost a great deal because of his strong belief in BeOS.

John Fehr, CEO of the former WildCard Design, is auctioning off all his Be goods on ebay.

WildCard Design brought to the BeOS platform (and put us on the gaming map) two reknowned games - Civilization:Call To Power, and Eric’s Ultimate Solitare, among others. He was always a great source of inspiration, and his losses he took from WildCard Design are still haunting him.

If you’ve been looking for Be stuff, keep an eye on the eBay user “jfehr67″, as he will be auctioning nearly all his BeOS goods, including BeOS Master shirts, DR8 up to R5 CD’s, and more. You might be able to help him out still. :)

And, again, John, good luck where the post-BeOS world takes you!

BeOSUpdate being Updated

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 22 Jan, 2003 @ 11:53 PM
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Daniel André sent in word that the beosupdate team is at it again coding away on beosupdate v2, which you can read a bit more about at the site - beosupdate.beunited.org.

He also noted that the url might change in the future, as beunited plans to move all non-beunited related subpages to the neo-programmers.com domain.

BeGroovy 3.0 Arrives

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 21 Jan, 2003 @ 11:59 PM
Site News

Well, after a long period of decay, it was time to rejuvinate BeGroovy yet again. Thus, I present BeGroovy 3.0. The last redesign took place back in November 2000, after 1.0 was lost in a server crash. All contents since then have been imported into our new cms (movable type), and things should progress smoothly.

What you are currently seeing is simply phase 1 of a larger plan involving BeGroovy, and Dreamcatcher Industrial, our newly named development group. ‘Course, it’s really still just Deej, AllNew, Myself and a few new guys.

In the next week or two we will be merging the BeGroovy forums into the forums at synapse lounge. This means all the posts, post counts, users, etc will transfer intact. nothing will be lost. this will entail some downtime, but will be worth it.

Until then, enjoy the new BeGroovy. Hopefully this new site design will serve as a good foundation for reporting on all the new BeOS contenders out there - all of which are getting to the point of being very promising. We plan on tracking all of them to see which (if any) emerges victorious.

XMAME, StarWars, and fake postings

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 16 Jan, 2003 @ 9:55 PM
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BeEmulated has a posting and a link up about a new version of XMAME that’s out. It’s an older posting, but thought you all’d like to know about it. I know there’s nothing better than playing PacMan on BeOS, well, except maybe MsPacMan! :P

Also, in the “not-related-to-BeOS-at-all” news. The Star Wars Insider newsletter announced that the confirmed release date of Star Wars Galaxies will be April 15th of this year. Way Cool! Wish I’d have enough time to play it often, but alas, I most likely won’t. :(

And finally, the post about Nigeria money, it was a BeDope-esque post. It was a JOKE! Read the original posting in the “Read More” link. I thought it was in good humor, and had enough elements that it would never be able to be taken seriously, and then I included the “Read More” link that would help even more to that end. But I’ve gotten several email’s about it from people that were trying to warn beunited about it! Thank you so kindly for the concern to try to stop a bad thing from happening, but…


Hope that clears things up. Sit back, relax, and Enjoy! :) -Deej

And speaking of BeDope and resurrected sites…

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 15 Jan, 2003 @ 8:34 PM

Earlier we posted that BeForever had posted. Then I, no, not I, _binky_ posted a BeDope-esqe item. It was brought to my attention (mad props to Travis) BeDoper, the mindchild of the former BeDope, has also recently been updated - an interview with JLG.

And guess what? JLG is into construction (and destruction) these days! :P


beunited is offered money from Nigeria!

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 14 Jan, 2003 @ 8:54 PM

In a leaked correspondence from beunited.org, BeGroovy reporters have discovered that beunited.org has entered into negotiations with high ranking persons from Nigeria in an effort to bring money into the community. The leaked document references 22.5 Million USD, but there are rumors that this amount could be as high as 126 Million.

Donovan Schulteis, Chairman and Founder of beunited.org sent BeGroovy.com a formal request to remove the document from our site, but we are ignoring it, as we believe Donovan (AKA Deej) to have recently suffered from a mental disease and do not trust that he is talking as his alternate personality or not.

Read More for an exerpt of the document and the original article posting from BeGroovy.

UPDATE:BeGroovy now has it on good word that negotiations have begun with high level people in Congo as well.

BeForever Forever

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:44 PM
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Well, in the first post in almost three months, BeForever is proving just that, and refusing to go down in flames! :D I’m not sure who is in charge over there anymore, or who it was that posted the news bit up there, but I sure hope it’s Ted! ;) Welcome back guys!

BePascal moves forward

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:26 PM
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The BeOS Journal has the word on BePascal, a Free Pascal Compiler (FPC) port to BeOS. Seems this port continues to move along well. Hit the BeOS Journal to read all about it!

New Zeta Screenshots

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:16 PM

OSNews has the scoop and some new screenshots concerning yellowTab’s Zeta. Some of the juicy bits are a shell script to enhance multiplatform BeOS development (R4, R5, Zeta, OpenBeOS, etc.) and a Personal Organizer type of application. The most interesting tidbit, IMHO, is the FaxIt Tracker add-on - something I remember people asking for back in ‘98! :D

OpenBeOS binary compatibility proved

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:10 PM

If you haven’t seen already, Axel posted to the OpenBeOS website that, for the first time, a BeOS compiled application has been run on OpenBeOS! Granted it was a simple app, but it proves that binary compatibility can be achieved. Now they can test compatibility by running actual apps! This is a HUGE step forward, and we look forward to much, much more - so long as we can keep Axel locked in that basement without police intervention. :)

Back Online, Back In Action

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 08 Jan, 2003 @ 5:47 PM
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Okay, we had a pretty extended outage there. Sorry all. It was due to a hard disk problem in the SCSI chain, but luckily not the one that holds everything here. Unfortunately, we weren’t around to notice due to the holidays.

Well, we’re back, and now that I remember the info I need to post news, hopefully this front page can become more active again too! But then again, don’t hold your breath on me. :P

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