SHAREWARE NEWS

September 1998

by Louis Bookbinder

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Aug 25's TidBITS newsletter has an excellent description of how to transfer files from an old Mac to a new iMac, how to connect an iMac to a printer, and how to attach other peripherals. Since many of you probably already received this newsletter, let me just put a couple of web references to this article:

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart=05049>

<http://www.tidbits.com/tb-issues/TidBITS-444.html#lnk2>

Also, since adding memory to an iMac is one of the more common and difficult tasks, here are some references for doing that:

Apple's guide to installing RAM

Pictures of someone doing it

Apple's new iMac support page looks very useful

Mac Publishing LLC has created a clearinghouse of information about the iMac called iMacWorld

MacWorld also has a good three part guide to iMac connections

Miningco.com also has a good support site

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SHAREWARE SAMPLE

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

SMUG September '98 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Louis Bookbinder

BrainJacker

Brainjacker is a self-test IQ game. Sets of linked blocks appear on your screen - 3 of the structures are identical but rotated. Find them. Devilishly difficult even for geniuses. Free.

ClippingNamer

ClippingNamer is intended to make Finder clippings more useful and easier to use. It has several available functions, selectable by holding down keys while dragging a selection to the Finder:

Invent Name/Icon. This attempts to create a meaningful name from the clipping contents (for text) or assign a thumbnail icon (for pictures) instead of the generic clipping icon.

Save as a file. The clipping is converted to a SimpleText file (text or picture only). Names and thumbnail icons work as usual.

Append. Instead of creating a new text clipping or file, the data is appended to an existing one, with or without a descriptive label. Any text/PICT file should work, not just ClippingNamer-created ones. $10

Control Panels Strip

Control Panels Strip is a control strip module that was originally designed to provide fast access to your Control Panels. Now it does much more. You can open, enable/disable, trash, or get info on items in your Control Panels, Extensions, Control Strip Modules, and Startup Items folders. Free.

 

Digital Wipeout

The object of Digital Wipeout is to score as many points as possible by "wiping out" numbers on the board. There may be up to eight players. If you play alone, try to set a new record by wiping out the the entire board. Each turn starts by rolling the three dice. You need to then try to wipe out a number on the board by mathematically combining the three dice using one or more of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication). $15

 

DonnaK2

A Kaleidoscope 2 scheme. Free.

 

Icon Tools 1.1

With Icon Tools, you can modify any file's icon with a single click! Add special effects, rotate, flip, and much more! And with Icon Tools' unique Icon Stamps feature, you can instantly mark your documents and applications with tags, symbols, markers, labels, widgets of any kind - you can make your own stamps too! And if this is still not enough for you, use the Icon Frames to add your own backgrounds to icons, or to make custom folder (or disk, or CD-ROM, or Zip) icons for your favorite applications! $15

 

textSOAP™ 2.3

textSOAP is a utility to clean up text taken from the internet. textSOAP cleans text by removing extra spaces, hard carriage returns, forwarding characters and more from text. Copy the text into textSOAP, choose one or more of the cleaners. Select the text, copy it out. It's that simple. $15

 

WormScanner

This program scans your local drives for the AutoStart 9805 worms. It is based on published descriptions of the activities of these worms. It has not been tested on live worms. At this writing, variants A through F of the worm are known. Free

 

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SECURITY ALERT!

Does your Mac make a squealing sound during startup? If you have a Performa or Power Macintosh 52xx/53xx/62xx/63xx series computer running Mac OS 8.1, this squealing occurs when the system volume is set to an even numbered value (2, 4, or 6). Simply set the volume to an odd number before you shut down. There are scripts.....

A major security hole has been identified that affects most email programs. As reported in the San Jose Mercury News, it is perhaps "the most serious security hole ever identified." The attack involves sending email that includes an attachment file. However, the attachment file itself is not where the attack resides. " The attack comes from the tags that identify the attachment. The attack can be triggered without even opening the message." (Thanks, John Grout.)

An article in MacWEEK adds: "The problem affects both Mac and Windows versions of Microsoft's Outlook Express 4.x and Outlook 98, but apparently not the Mac version of Netscape's e-mail software." It is not yet clear whether programs such as Eudora and Claris Emailer are vulnerable. - MacFixit

Further update: this does not affect Eudora, QuickMail or PowerMail.

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Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

Posted by Kevin Grant on Friday, 17 July 1998, on MacCentral Tips and Tricks.

If your computer does not have a debugger installed (that is, you're not a programmer), you can use the Mac's built-in debug mode when your system freezes to regain control of your computer. A system "freeze" is when your computer goes unresponsive and the mouse pointer does not move when you move the mouse. As fatal an error as this seems, it is 90% of the time possible to recover if you're running OS 8.1 (and often with previous OSs). Here's how:

1. Hold down the command (Apple) key (and ONLY the command key) and press the keyboard power key (the key labelled with a left-pointing hollow triangle). If you do this correctly, you should see a white box in the middle of your screen with a ">" prompt and a cursor. (You cannot have a debugger installed, because if you do, this command will instead launch the debugger.)

2. The trick is to "redirect" your computer's program counter to the Finder's main entry point. This will cause the Finder to handle the exception thrown by your computer's processor and the result is an "unexpected quit" dialog box. This will let you regain control of your system, mouse movement and all. To make this happen, enter the following command in the white window that appears: "G FINDR" (that's right, FINDER without the E) and press return.

This gets you back in the finder - quit EVERYTHING (save what you need) and reboot. If you were using TCP/IP, trash MacTCP DNR before rebooting. Don't ever just keep working after this! -------------------------------------------------

SIMPLY MAC

Mac basics we sometimes forget

A little list similar to one I did up Umpteen months ago, but with more stuff (From Jonathan Gourd):

This list of special key combinations has been compiled from numerous Emails that I have received from people all over the world. I cannot always verify the information so if there is an error please let me know. I have not included special Finder keys because Apple has done such a good job of documenting them in the Finder Help.

Apple Boot Key Combos:

Bypass startup drive and boot from external (or CD).... CMD-OPT-SHIFT-DELETE
Boot from CD (Apple) .................................. C
Zap PRAM .............................................. CMD-OPT-P-R
Disable Extensions .................................... SHIFT
Rebuild Desktop ....................................... CMD-OPT
Start without finder windows open...................... OPT
Boot with Virtual Memory off........................... CMD
Trigger extension manager at boot-up................... SPACE
Force Quadra av machines to use TV as a monitor........ CMD-OPT-T-V
Boot from ROM (Mac Classic only)....................... CMD-OPT-X-O
Force PowerBooks to reset the screen................... R
Force an AV monitor to be recognized as one............ CMD-OPT-A-V
Eject Boot Floppy...................................... Hold Down Mouse Button


After startup:

Bring up dialogue for shutdown/sleep/restart........... POWER
Eject a Floppy Disk.................................... CMD-SHIFT-1
Force current app to quit.............................. CMD-OPT-ESC
Unconditionally reboot................................. CTRL-CMD-POWER
Reset Power Manager on PowerBooks...................... USE THIS LINK 
Put late model PowerBooks to sleep..................... CMD-OPT-POWER


Application Specific Keys:

Startup key combos to reset the resolution on video boards:
SuperMac (at least some models)press&hold.............. OPT
Imagine 128 Card (reset resolution).................... N
RasterOps (at least some models)press&hold............. CMD-OPT-SHIFT
Radius (Use cable sense pins to set resolution)........ U
Radius (Cycle through available resolutions)........... T
 
Conflict Catcher:
Pause Boot............................................. P (?)
Launch CC at Startup................................... SPACE or CAPS LOCK
Skip remaining extensions.............................. CMD-PERIOD
Reboot cleanly while loading extensions................ CMD-R
 
RAM Doubler:
Disable at Startup..................................... ~ (Tilde)
 
Apple System Installer:
Change custom install to clean install................. CMD-Shift-K

Comments, corrections, additions to Jonathan Gourd

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NEW PRODUCT RELEASES

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

APPLEapple icon

AppleShare Client 3.8 - requires OS 7.6 or later and OT 1.1.2

DOS Format Fixer 1.0 - for use with PC Exchange 2.1.1, not needed with v2.2

HyperCard 2.4.1 - updates versions 2.3, 2.3.5, or 2.4 - also HyperCard Player 2.4.1

MkLinux DR3 - freely distributed version of UNIX for Power Macs

QuickTime Plugin 2.0.1 - need whole 6MB QT 3.0.1 package - only change is the plugin

Video Player 1.7.2 - for use with Apple TV/FM Radio, Video & MPEG systems


BeOS R3.2 - alternative operating system for PowerPC & Intel chips

Conflict Catcher 8.0 - buy download online now available - clean-system install merge features

GoLive CyberStudio 3.1.1 - web site building & management software - (still listed as 3.1)

DOCMaker 4.8.3 - creates stand-alone documents so no application is needed to read them info

Tenon MachTen 4.1.1 - Unix BSD and Mach Unix for the Power Macintosh

PowerPC Linux Rel. 4 - Unix OS for Power Macs now boots into a graphical interface on startup

Connectix RAM Doubler 8.0.1 - free upgrade for registered users of RAM Doubler 2.x

Tex-Edit Plus 2.3.3 - scriptable styled text editor with many excellent features

StarNine WebSTAR 3.0.1 - Web Server software

SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy

credits

©copyright 1998, Louis Bookbinder - booky1@earthlink.net
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 24 Sept 98

 

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