TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Aug 86 Mousehole
Volume Number:2
Issue Number:8
Column Tag:Mousehole Report

Mousehole Report

By Rusty Hodge , Mousehole BBS

This month its MouseFest time again. We'll be at the Anaheim Mac MacFest show having a great time as usual. Southern California is a hotbed of Mac activity, so we're expecting a great show. Maybe we'll see you there!

If you are interested in getting on the 'Hole, drop us a SASE at Post Office Box 2323, Orange, CA 92669. Even if you don't have a modem but want to share some gossip or ask a question, write to us. We will pass on the most interesting questions to the rest of the MouseHolers. Until next time- Rusty.

Mac + Woes

DAVE MORRIS

I have a couple of problems with programs on the new ROMS. I use EDIT 2.0 to read my massive downloads from RR. EDIT has real problems with cut and paste with the new ROMS. I would use QUED etc. except that they all run with 32K text max. Know of any other text editors that work with large text files? Also, does anyone have the patches to MazeWars to allow it to run on the Mac+? Thanks much, and glad to hear you are back up. I missed my weekly MouseHole fix.

MazeWars

MACOWACO

MazeWars is no longer an Apple freebie (it never really was); in fact it is no longer in the tech library up there. I've been told that the guys that wrote it are going to sell it along with a bunch of other Appletalk games. Oh Boy, I can't wait to shoot my Supervisor right in the eyeball! Did anybody catch the color Mac at the beginning of Short Circuit? I would bet that it was actually a kludge for the film. That is, they wanted the graphic of the robot arm in color and Apple had paid big bucks for exposure of the Mac so someone stuck a fake CRT into a dummy Mac body. Only guessing of course. I doubt the color Mac will look like that.

Stupid HFS Bug of the Week Club

TOOTHY MACS

Have any of you tried doing a 'set startup' to an application that sits on the desktop? The "final" version of finder (5.3) and system (3.2) only finds the path when the application is in a folder! Try it.

LaserWriter Trick

BOB DENNY

Those of you who have more than one Mac hooked to a Laser ...

The first one to use it after it's powered up loads the "Laser Prep", and if it happens to be an "older" version, everyone else with current drivers is locked out of printing. It tells you to turn the printer off and on. I hate doing that. I loathe things without a reset button.

So use your LW Download program to send the following PostScript program to the Laser. It resets the printer without power-cycling:

systemdict begin exit

That's it!

Unprotecting Basic

CLEM SNIDE

Want to unprotect a MS Basic program? If you call the download section, there's a text file called Basic Unprotect by the Ant Killer. It's very simple and straight forward. [Note: A far easier approach is to run our unprotect program we published in last month's MacTutor. It automatically finds and unprotects the program in memory. -Ed.]

All you need is a Memory Disassembler DA that can also be found in the downloads.

Simply put, what you need to do is insert at the beginning of your program a number telling basic the length of the first line so that the interpreter can list it.

You open Basic, then open your protected program (w/out running it), then you choose new from the menu. What this does is reset (in memory) the line counters to 00 00. So using your DA you search through memory, find the beginning of your program, count the bits between the 00 00 markers, then poke it to the first 00 00, save the program, then open it and save it again.

Anyway...download the file, it is easy and straight forward and could save your life sometime.

The story of System 3.2

JACK KOBZEFF

The reasons behind the two releases of Finder 5.3-System 3.2.... On Monday (couple of weeks ago) the System was 'frozen' and released.

The next day, an Apple employee was using 'Localizer' to change some resources for a foreign version. After the change, he/she discovered that there were still some resources that hadn't been altered. To make a long story short, they soon discovered that there were many resources duplicated in the System. About 20% by volume. The second release removes the duplicates. I guess that everybody at Apple uses hard disks, and wouldn't notice an extra 40-60k.

Micah AT20

LARRY DZSKI

Being one of the luck few to get one of the first ever AT20's, I can tell you it IS superior to a HyperDrive, not only in speed, (it's at least a factor of 2 faster in some cases), but the reliability of the Micah Drive is far, far, better than Hyper. I travel with my Mac almost constantly, and the ability to 'take a lickin and keep on tickin' (sorry Timex) is important to me. I had no less than 3 Hyper 20's fail on me on business trips, once in the middle of an important presentation. The Micah has been on no less than 7 trips with me, all by air, and it still hasn't skipped a bit. I recommend them highly. Good product, great support, and good software.

Lisp, SmallTalk-80, etc...

Micro Ghoul

Some time ago a question was posed as to whether or not you can use SmallTalk-80 for the Macintosh on the Mac +. I am presently using it on the Mac + with an HD 20. Though I have found some unusual features in the package, for $50 dollars you can not really go that off! The key to making SmallTalk-80 work is having the memory, disk space, and reading their docs! Now, for the first time (well, sort of), you are able to use SmallTalk-80 on your Mac (not just your Mac XL)! I highly recommend the package as a cost effective way to get into the object oriented programming environment!

Seriously there are about three people up at Apple that I have spoken to you with some consistency and they are really excited about their product and getting the public involved. They are trying to get a newsletter going, anyone want to get involved with that? To end a very dull paragraph, SmallTalk-80 is an enjoyable, productive environment to create working protos or models of problems that the software community faces today.

On that note, has anyone heard anything about a rumor that PPI (of Objective C fame) is coming out for a version for the Mac? I use their C for the Sun 3 and love it! If anyone knows anything please contact me, as right now I am forced to go to work at all hours of the day, night, weekends to accomplish tasks that could be modeled on the Mac!

I recently got the new version of ExperLisp (MACOWACO shudders!) version 1.5 w/ speech & compiler. Believe it or not I have not had a great deal of trouble with the product! It is not copy protected, though they did make it so that any registered owner would have to be nuts to give it out! It does not produce stand alone code, but it does allow saving of compiled code. The only thing that I have done with it do far is create a model of a LMI Lambda communicating via TCP/IP with a VAX running SIMSCRIPT II.5, but it did not bomb once! I did note the fact that several of the routines needed to be modified to work on the LMI (needless to say I doubt ExperTelligence is at fault there!), but I was able to create a a workable presentation for demonstrating the interface that we are creating without having to waste too much time on the VAX or LMI. Is it worth it now? Well, sort of. I will speak about ExperTelligence newest product ExperProlog // when I have had more time to play with it. On a first glance it too, was not that bad!

Infosphere

MACOWACO

I finally got a return call for my troubles with MacServe (lots of random bombs).

The only thing the tech guy could tell me was to use ONLY MacServe volumes and minimize HFS volumes. Create a dummy two meg volume for system dynamics then build the volumes for other stuff. When done remove the dummy volume.

This gives a good amount of contiguous disk space for the system. I told him I want to use the HFS folders for nonserver stuff and he told me I'd get better performance if I did them all with MacServe.

Needless to say that would be a definite step backward, I told him so and he says that... "so little has been documented about HFS that there is no way of knowing to what degree the HD is fragmented." I ask you guys...is this so or what?

400K HFS Finder 5.2

LASER DOLPHIN

Finder 5.2 normally makes 400K disks MFS (non-hierarchical) volumes.

Even if you have formatted a 400K disk with the Option key down, thereby making it an HFS volume, when you copy that volume in its entirety onto another 400K disk, the target disk is a flat volume with "little pretend folders" instead of true subdirectories.

An undocumented feature of Finder 5.2 is that, if you hold down Option when copying one 400K disk to another (by dragging the disk icon onto the other disk icon), the target volume will become an HFS volume, regardless of whether it was formatted that way in the first place.

System/Finder/Chooser Bugs

TIM HEWITT

Here are a few known bugs in the current release of System/Finder/Chooser (3.1.1, 5.2). These came from a techie at General Computer, and will soon be announced with fixes in an Apple release (3.2, 5.3).

1) The Resource Manager in the 128k ROMS, has a problem with odd sized resources. Be very careful, as this bug can trash your system totally, and if you are running a hard drive -any brand- it may cause your hard drive to be unreadable.

2) Chooser does not call _UpdateResFile after you change your printer options. This means the new printer info is not written out to disk in some cases. Suggested fix- run chooser from within another app only. This will guarantee that the changes get written out when the application closes normally.

3) Finder 5.2 does not close and update open resources when exiting via Shut Down. This can cause corruption of the resource map and leave the file unreadable.

The latest unofficial word from Apple (I called about this) is we may see System 3.2 released with the RM bugs fixed, and the rest of the bug chasing will continue into 3.3. If not there will be a fix (installer scripted) for problems, and a new Finder. It depends on a couple of other known bugs planned to be fixed in 3.2, being fixed. When 3.2 is released, a new Finder and Chooser will accompany it. If you know of any bugs in the ROMS, let them know at Tech Support and maybe we can get them fixed in this release.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OpenOffice 4.1.7 - Free and open-source...
OpenOffice.org is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet... Read more
Backup and Sync 3.46 - File backup and s...
Backup and Sync (was Google Drive) is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a... Read more
iClock 5.5 - Customizable menu bar clock...
iClock replaces the old Apple's default menu bar clock with more features, customization and increases your productivity. Features: Have your Apple or Google calendar instantly available from the... Read more
Garmin Express 6.18.0.0 - Manage your Ga...
Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device. Update maps Update software Register your... Read more
MarsEdit 4.3.5 - Quick and convenient bl...
MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services... Read more
Xcode 11.0 - Integrated development envi...
Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing... Read more
DaisyDisk 4.8 - $9.99
DaisyDisk allows you to visualize your disk usage and free up disk space by quickly finding and deleting big unused files. The program scans your disk and displays its content as a sector diagram... Read more
VMware Fusion 11.5.0 - Run Windows apps...
VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro - virtualization software for running Windows, Linux, and other systems on a Mac without rebooting. The latest version includes full support for Windows 10, macOS Mojave... Read more
Apple Configurator 2.10 - Configure and...
Apple Configurator makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business. Use Apple Configurator to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to... Read more
Spotify 1.1.15.448. - Stream music, crea...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Marvel Strike Force is adding Agent Coul...
Marvel Strike Force, the popular squad-based RPG, is set to receive a bunch of new content over the next few weeks. [Read more] | Read more »
Lots of premium games are going free (so...
You may have seen over the past couple weeks a that a bunch of premium games have suddenly become free. This isn’t a mistake, nor is it some last hurrah before Apple Arcade hits, and it’s important to know that these games aren’t actually becoming... | Read more »
Yoozoo Games launches Saint Seiya Awaken...
If you’re into your anime, you’ve probably seen or heard of Saint Seiya. Based on a shonen manga by Masami Kurumada, the series was massively popular in the 1980s – especially in its native Japan. Since then, it’s grown into a franchise of all... | Read more »
Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special...
Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery is a terrifying new nightmare from developer Illumix. Last week, FNAF fans were sent into a frenzy by a short teaser for what we now know to be Special Delivery. Those in the comments were quick to... | Read more »
Rush Rally 3's new live events are...
Last week, Rush Rally 3 got updated with live events, and it’s one of the best things to happen to racing games on mobile. Prior to this update, the game already had multiplayer, but live events are more convenient in the sense that it’s somewhat... | Read more »
Why your free-to-play racer sucks
It’s been this way for a while now, but playing Hot Wheels Infinite Loop really highlights a big issue with free-to-play mobile racing games: They suck. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying going for realism, cart racing, or arcade nonsense, they’re... | Read more »
Steam Link Spotlight - The Banner Saga 3
Steam Link Spotlight is a new feature where we take a look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry talked about Terry Cavanaugh’s incredible Dicey Dungeons. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience... | Read more »
Combo Quest (Games)
Combo Quest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Combo Quest is an epic, time tap role-playing adventure. In this unique masterpiece, you are a knight on a heroic quest to retrieve... | Read more »
Hero Emblems (Games)
Hero Emblems 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** 25% OFF for a limited time to celebrate the release ** ** Note for iPhone 6 user: If it doesn't run fullscreen on your device... | Read more »
Puzzle Blitz (Games)
Puzzle Blitz 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Puzzle Blitz is a frantic puzzle solving race against the clock! Solve as many puzzles as you can, before time runs out! You have... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

11″ WiFi iPad Pros on sale today for up to $2...
Amazon has new 2018 Apple 11″ WiFi iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $200 off Apple’s MSRP. These are the same iPad Pros sold by Apple in its retail and online stores. Be sure to select... Read more
Select 12″ iPad Pros on sale for $200 off App...
Amazon has select 2018 Apple 12″ iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for $200 off Apple’s MSRP. These are the same iPad Pros sold by Apple in its retail and online stores. Be sure to select Amazon... Read more
Get one of Apple’s new 2019 iPhone 11 models...
Boost Mobile is offering the new 2019 Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max for $100 off MSRP. Their discount reduces the cost of an iPhone 11 to $599 for the 64GB models, $899 for the 64GB... Read more
13″ 1.4GHz Silver MacBook Pros on sale for $1...
B&H Photo has new 2019 13″ 1.4GHz 4-Core Touch Bar Silver MacBook Pros on sale for $100 off Apple’s MSRP. Overnight shipping is free to many addresses in the US. These are the same MacBook Pros... Read more
4-core and 6-core 2018 Mac minis available at...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2018 Mac minis available on their online store for $120-$170 off the cost of new models. Each mini comes with a new outer case plus a standard Apple one-year warranty... Read more
$250 prepaid Visa card with any Apple iPhone,...
Xfinity Mobile will include a free $250 prepaid Visa card with the purchase of any new iPhone, new line activation, and transfer of phone number to Xfinity Mobile. Offer is valid through October 27,... Read more
Sprint is offering the 64GB Apple iPhone 11 P...
Sprint has the new 64GB iPhone 11 Pro available for $12.50 per month for new customers with an eligible trade-in in of iPhone 7 or newer. That’s down from their standard monthly lease of $41.67. The... Read more
Final week: Apple’s 2019 Back to School Promo...
Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $400 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address qualify for the discount... Read more
Save $30 on Apple’s AirPods at these reseller...
Amazon is offering discounts on new 2019 Apple AirPods ranging up to $30 off MSRP as part of their Labor Day sale. Shipping is free: – AirPods with Charging Case: $144.95 $15 off MSRP – AirPods with... Read more
Preorder your Apple Watch Series 5 today at A...
Amazon has Apple Watch Series 5 GPS models available for preorder and on sale today for $15 off Apple’s MSRP. Shipping is free and starts on September 20th: – 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 GPS: $384.99 $... Read more

Jobs Board

Systems Analyst ( *Apple* & Android) (Jo...
Systems Analyst ( Apple & Android) (Job ID: 572513) + 11751 Meadowville Ln, Chester, VA 23836, USA + Full-time Company Description Computer Consultants International, Read more
*Apple* Mobile App Developer - eiWorkflow So...
…eiWorkflow Solutions, LLC is currently looking for a consultant for the following role. Apple Mobile App Developer Tasks the role will be performing: ? Mobile App Read more
Essbase Developer - *Apple* - Theorem, LLC...
Job Summary Apple is seeking an experienced, detail-minded Essbase developer to join our worldwide business development and strategy team. If you are someone who Read more
Student Employment (Blue *Apple* Cafe) Spri...
Student Employment (Blue Apple Cafe) Spring 2019 Penn State University Campus/Location: Penn State Brandywine Campus City: Media, PA Date Announced: 12/20/2018 Date Read more
Best Buy *Apple* Computing Master - Best Bu...
**732093BR** **Job Title:** Best Buy Apple Computing Master **Job Category:** Store Associates **Location Number:** 001441-Beaumont-Store **Job Description:** The Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.