May 2000

by Louis Bookbinder





This month's Free Sample Shareware is no longer available. See current month. -------------------------------------------------

SMUG May '00 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Henry Polard

Drive Monitor 4.0.0
Drive Monitor displays a window that lists the vitals for all of the currently mounted drives. Free

Extension Overload 4.9
Extension Overload is your all round extension & control panel management solution. It offers detail information of 2750 extensions and control panels in your system. It also lets you activate and deactivate them, so that you can always easily tailor your system to your current requirements. In addition, Extension Overload includes a useful collection of helpful information and tidbits. $20

Funny Quotes 68K
Funny Quotes is a collection of odd snippets of "wisdom" and an engine to present them in random order. Or you can browse. Pick a category. Free.

iBar 1.0
iBar is an internet-savvy launcher that combines applications, documents, favorites, bookmarks and music in one simple floating window. The window floats over all applications providing quick access to the different items. In addition to this the ibar can also check for waiting e-mail and launch documents dropped on the iBar icon. Requires MacOS 8.1 or better and Quicktime 4.1. $15

iPuzzle is a 15-square puzzle featuring the iMac. Pretty simple. Free.

MacPredictions a general purpose fortune telling utility. Just ask it a question and MacPredictions will respond with the answer! Or, enter the Lotto area and answer the requested information and it will tell you your lucky numbers! Yeah, right! Free, and worth every penny!

UnCoverit 1.2
UnCoverIt is a shareware application that automatically generates labels for different kinds of storage medias. Unlike other label printing applications you don't have to enter the name of the files on your disk manually. UnCoverIt places icons and file names automatically at the right place and the right size. Needs MacOS 8.0 or better. $10

Whoopie is a kludge installer. With it you can assign command-E to Empty Trash, command-K to Shutdown, and/or rename the Special menu to anything you want. Whoopie. Requires MacOS 8.0 or better. Free.



For those of you who did not attend the meeting in April, the shareware team (which did NOT present the shareware due to more important matters) announced that, as of July, we would no longer sell new Disks of the Month. At the July meeting we would start selling Disk of the Quarter, but these would be CD-ROMs, with a lot more stuff on them.

What kind of stuff? 2 kinds:

We will release a new CD-ROM the first month of each quarter. Those months are July, October, January, and April. However, each CD-ROM will contain the collected efforts of 3 team members, so we will take 3 months to demo. Thus, even though you can get in July what we demo in July, August, and September, you will have to wait for the demo if you don't want to try it first by yourself. Likewise, though I will list the disk contents in the newsletter and webpage on issue months, detailed descriptions will have to wait.

Oh, yes, CD-ROMs are $10 each. And no, we will not issue an additional annual CD-ROM - we aren't THAT good! I hope you find the new format and greater quantity worth your money. And we will still have back issues of floppy DOMs while they last. Shareware is a major part of SMUG's budget, so I hope you will continue to support us.

(CD-ROMOQ or CD-ROM of the Quarter is so clumsy - anyone have a better name?)


Security Alert!

From Your Shareware Team

nothin' here


Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

from Supernet Macintosh Tips

  1. Always make a second copy of your important work. (back up)
  2. Save regularly.
  3. Do not leave the computer without first saving your work.
  4. Always Spell check before printing.
  5. Do not use the Best choice on the ink jet printer, unless you have invested in fancy, high rag paper.
  6. When in doubt, ask!
  7. "Talk nice" to the tech person, when you call. It is not their fault your turbo fighter crashed.
  8. Always choose Shut Down under Special to turn off the computer. (unless it is frozen)
  9. Always shut the computer down before you connect or disconnect an external device.
  10. Always install and use antiviral software like Disinfectant.
  11. Shut off antiviral software before installing a new program.
  12. Do not empty the trash unless you are certain you don't need that stuff.
  13. Do not create or knowingly disseminate computer viruses or "mean trick" software. I understand God and Dante are working on a new, lower level in Hell for these folks.
  14. Do not change the settings in someone else's computer, without their consent.(see above)
  15. Abide by the Acceptable Use Policy. The access you save will be your own.
  16. Write down your secret passwords somewhere. Encryption works. If you forget your password, you are in deep dodo.
  17. Use no more than two fonts on a page. Your writing will be lost in a font fest.
  18. Unplug your computer from the wall during electric storms. A nuked hard drive is a dead hard drive. Or as Clint Eastwood says, "Are you feeling lucky, today?".
  19. Never allow food or drink to be anywhere near the computer. (See above)
  20. Never send anything on the Internet you don't want the entire world (or your mother) to see or read.
  21. Don't give away copies of programs. You are no thief. The only difference between stealing software and stealing furniture: furniture is heavier.
  22. Don't accept copies of programs. (see above)
  23. Pay shareware fees. These folks are working, just as hard as you, to make a living.
  24. Read the directions. Read the Read Me files. Try out Apple Guide and ClarisWorks Help. I know many people are shocked when my first question, upon arriving to fix their problem, is "Where is the manual?" Contrary to popular belief, I wasn't born Mac literate.
  25. Don't call Mac friends late at night for technical help. It could cost you a friendship. Besides, they are probably too incoherent to give sound advice, anyway.
  26. Regulary pay homage to the god of Desktop. Rebuild. You'll be glad you did. -------------------------------------------------


Mac basics we sometimes forget

Ode to the Option Key by Cindy & Jenny O'Hora

removed by request of the authors



My choices, only, out of hundreds of items every month. Drop me a note for YOUR favorite. Links below are either info about or actual downloads, and include commercial products, as well as shareware. These do NOT include demos or beta releases. You might check out Version Tracker for more.
® means update to recently released DOM item. Wish we could catch them all....

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FireWire 2.3.3 - drivers for FireWire equipped Macs (OS 9.0.4 installs 2.3.3)

Mac OS 9 9.0.4 - fixes & improvements for the system

QuickTime 4.1.1 - use your QuickTime Updater if installed or download the 'full' installer

Netscape Communicator-Navigator 6.0pr1 - preview the new version of the popular browser

Alsoft DiskWarrior 2.0.2 - rebuilds, optimizes & fixes all disk directories, OS 9.0.4 fix

Adobe Illustrator 9.0 - taking orders to ship in June for the vector graphics creation tool

AOL Instant Messenger 3.5966 - instant chat/voice notification utility between online users

Now Up-to-Date & Contact 3.9 - update for the scheduler/contact manager tool

Casady & Greene SpellCatcher 8.1.2 - multilingual spell checker, dictionary, thesaurus...

MicroMat TechTool Pro 2.5.4 - fixes for the hardware/software diagnostic tool


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