From the Editor
Written by Larry Salomon, Jr.
a rather bumpy release of volume 1, issue 4, we have high hopes that
things will go a bit smoother in the future. Things that are on the
board, so to speak, are:
For the Internet-reachable community, we thought that it wouldn't be too difficult to write an auto-mailer, especially since the Unix mail program will accept everything necessary on the command line. Add a list of people to mail to, bake for 30 minutes, and voila!
Unfortunately, things were not that easy. After a first attempt, a SunOS limit on the number of processes was reached since mail spawns a copy of sendmail and then exits. Tweaking the process somewhat (pun intended) yielded a subscription mailer script that builds the mail header with all of the addresses in it and calls sendmail once for each part of the file.
Having verified it with a small file, we have decided to test it for the first time with this issue, so we are asking that you please check the (alphabetical) list to see if your userid is on it. If it is and you did not receive the magazine automagically, please send us email as soon as possible. Assuming all goes well, an article will be posted to comp.os.os2.programmer.misc describing the subscription process, so be patient. Of course, the magazine will still be placed on the nets as before, but adding this service will allow us to keep a more accurate size of our reader base as well as allow us to reach other networks (like MCIMail) and BBS's with Internet mail links.
New look (somewhat)
[Note that some of these changes were specific to the INF version -- Ed] Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so we've made a few changes to the magazine format. Firstly, the Questions and Answers column is being revamped, starting with a name change. It will now be known as the Scratch Patch and will contain not only Questions and Answers, but also the following items:
Thirdly, an installation program will be included with each issue, starting with this one. This Rexx/2 command file searches your entire desktop for a folder called "EDM/2" and creates one on the desktop if it cannot find an existing one. After doing this, it creates a shadow object within that folder that is linked to the filename of the current issue as distributed in the zip file (so if you change the name, it will not work). Finally, it sets the icon of the file to a newspaper so that you can spot it in a crowd.
INSTALL.CMD makes the following assumptions:
Also, I have been in contact with Gavin Baker, who was the "Introduction to PM" columnist and he expressed a desire to continue writing for EDM/2. Unfortunately, he was pressed for time and could not complete his column for this issue, so we all will be looking forward to that in the next issue.
Finally, as an update, I have also been contacted by David Singer with whom I was able to work out the necessary kinks to make EDM/2 available inside of IBM on a regular basis. He will be placing the issues on his Gopher servers (one for internal use and one that is reachable via the Internet). We are very thankful for his "contribution to the cause" and hope that by his offer we can expand our audience (and thus the number of potential authors). For more information about reaching the Gopher servers, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.