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Oct 87 Mousehole
Volume Number:3
Issue Number:10
Column Tag:Mousehole Report

Mousehole Report

By Rusty Hodge, Mousehole BBS

I’d rather Switch than Find!

From: Richard Clark

First, Apple *will* be sending MultiFinder / HyperCard to developers “as soon as [they] get the disks duplicated”. However, Apple has changed the rules *again*!! I have a really nice piece of software written that takes advantage of Switcher’s “background tasks” (David Smith, are you interested?). So, just for kicks, I tried it out on a beta copy of Juggler. No soap -- it bombed *big*. Apparently Apple has produced a product which, from an application’s point of view, claims to be Switcher but without Switcher’s handy hooks for developers.

The kicker is this: Apple has fully documented Switcher (via the “Switcher Developer’s Kit” (aka “Inside Switcher”) from APDA), and some other developers have taken advantage of Switcher’s special features. But, since MultiFinder gives all of the same indications to a program as Switcher would, if you try to use these features, La Bomba! (By the way, this kills part of Microsoft Word. Version 3.1.1 anybody?)

[Apple has indeed sent out System 4.2a4, Finder 6.0a6, and MultiFinder 1.0b6 to developers for testing as of August 27, 1987. This includes developer documentation on Juggler. The new system software is supposed to ship in September (which would be after you read this). And yes, we are interested in background task articles, but only for MultiFinder. Switcher is dead. To get these goodies, contact APDA about the Inside Juggler package. When released, it will be listed as System Software 5.0. -Ed]

PRAM help


REMEMBER, if you don’t have a PRAM edit around and you want to get your Mac II operational again after the enevitable mystery ‘hang’, hold down the option, command and shift keys while opening the control panel to clear the PRAM. (if it will not boot from the internal or SCSI, you can still boot from floppy to clear the PRAM.)

Defense of MultiFinder & PRAM Bugs

Jim Reekes

Richard, the new MultiFinder is an extention to the Switcher rules. The Switcher-friendly resource (SIZE = -1) is compatible with MultiFinder. Anything that works under Switcher should work under MultiFinder, as with any other properly written software program developed to Inside Mac guidelines. If you don’t have the documentation on Inside Juggler, then I don’t think you should complain to Apple about your program bombing under MultiFinder (and what version did you try?) Switcher was a total *hack* and I personally never trusted it on my system.

Brett, the point that Tom Thompson was making about the PRAM bug in the Mac II was that *EVEN AFTER THE OPT-CMD-SHIFT* procedure it didn’t work. The “ZAP PRAM’ dialog doesn’t always work. I have zapped it numerous times and with no luck. I believe that there are some versions of the control panel with this bug. And I’ve had the bug mentioned in the MacTutor report for the last two issues. Yes, I hope it continues to get reported until it’s fixed.

Switcher/MultiFinder & Word 3.01


I forwarded the comment about Switcher vs. MultiFinder to a Multifinder person, and he said that the problem has been fixed. The very first version of Multifinder used the same Switcher globals, so applications that explicitly checked for Switcher would get confused.

Later versions don’t use those globals, so this should not be a problem. Multifinder does not implement Switcher’s background task feature, since Multifinder’s background processing capabilities are more powerful. (The Switcher bg task did not switch in the application, for example, because Andy H. couldn’t figure out how to make the switching fast enough.) The lastest Multifinder also implements the quickswitch features of Switcher 5.1, and works fine with Word 3.01.

I hope this answers the question.

Time to stir up the muck!


Yawnnn.. Gosh it has gotten quiet. Okay how about this. Anybody out there hacking away on HyperCard? Hey, I’ve gotten deep inside and I like the nifty Atkinson-like stuff I see, but (big but) why all the fuss! According to Scully, Hypercard is supposed to be to SW what the II was to HW. Sorry, but I don’t think so. Hypercard is a more complex version of SlideShow (of course I’m being simplistic) and it’s great for HABACRAP kinda stuff and for inexpensive laser disk access, but big press releases??? Hit of the show???? AWWW come on maybe there was alittle too much MAC enthusiasm in Boston. Maybe, this is actually all a snow job to pull the public’s attention away from other more damaging things like..... A-UX? NAAWWWWWWW!


SpUd PoTatO

Hear, hear for Macowaco’s last post; I remember Apple saying that FileVision would “revolutionize...”. And what happened to Telos?!?

I think that the term “stackware” is a lousy term to use for Hypercard “applications”. Let’s coin a new term for this; we here on the Mousehole represent a good portion of Apple’s developer base, so if we start using “Hypeware” “Cardware”, “Warecards”, or something else, it’ll catch on...

Hyper Docs

Richard Hyman

I just called APDA, and the HyperCard Tech Ref Manual (#KMSHTL) and the MultiFinder Tech Ref Manual (#KMSMFD) are available for ordering. These items appear to be very new - the individual at the order desk had a new memo as of yesterday, without prices, although she was pretty sure they are less than $25 each. HyperCard and Mutlifinder are not available; these are just the ref manuals.

Regarding the hypercard hype, Sculley et al must be assuming that it will be important because most people buy Macs to process information. Word, Excel etc are the heavy sellers. A/UX will be important to just a small portion of the market. *Rick*


Pete Harbeson

I vote for cardware. Think of the possibilities...”Didja get the latest cardware?” “I dunno where the card is.” “Not card WHERE, cardware!” “You could try ServiceStar or Joe’s Plumbing Supply on Main street...” “No, no, not HARDware, CARDware!” “No thanks, I like checkers better.”

Hyperware isn’t nearly as good; it just sounds like a line of sportswear put out by Jeff Goldblum. Or we could pay homage to the original WildCard title and call the stuff WildWare (hmmm...there’s a Van Halen song in there somewhere...)!

Stack Overflow Revisited

Fred Reed

There are times when ID = 28 does not indicate stack overflow.

I kept getting this error on a recent project, but prior to the error, there was plenty of room on the stack and I wasn’t using any “piggish” calls. My investigation revealed the following:

The stack sniffer routine which runs during interupt time (at about 60 times a second) compares the then current address of the stack with the address of the highest block in the application heap and reports ID = 28 if the latter is greater. The address of the highest block in the heap (which is not necessarily the same as ApplLimit) is stored in the first longword of the application heap zone header (i.e. the first 4 bytes of the application zone).

Should the first 4 bytes of the application zone become corrupted with a value higher than the current stack address you’ll get an ID = 28 error event though, in reality, the stack is fine.

There are a number of ways that these four bytes could be overwritten, but in my case it was a system heap overflow. This occured as follows :

To launch a document, I got the handle of the AppParm block in the system heap from the system global AppParmH. I SetHandleSize of the document data and stuffed it. It turns out that the Finder always locks this block, sets the handle size, but does not unlock it (which I would call a bug). Thus, my SetHandleSize call failed. Of course, the real problem was that I neglected to check for an error after SetHandleSize.

I suppose that there are more subtle ways of getting a system heap overflow, and it probably pays to check the first four bytes of the application zone if you get an ID = 28 error that is otherwise unexplained.

Byte Benchmarks Rebuffed

Jack Howarth

We just got our Mac][ and MPW last week and decided to test those benchmarks. The results show Byte is guilty of sloppy journalism and biased reporting. The float benchmark on a Mac ][ w/ MPW Pascal using the align words, 68020 and 68881 compiler options gave a 10 sec benchmark. Our IBM AT with 9 MHz 286 and 8 MHz 287 gave 35 sec. Now half the AT value to correct for the clock speed difference and you have the Mac ][ running 1.75 times faster which is not surprising. What about those benchmarks in Byte though? They show an IBM Model 80 doing 0.48 sec for the float while a Compaq 386 does only 4.41 sec. Although the Compaq is only running the 287 at 8 Mhz that correction will only bring the benchmark down to 2.2. What gives? Bogus benchmarks, thats what. If you look at the Motorola Apples vs Oranges booklet it notes that bogus benchmarks are often cited for floats where a calculation like:

a := b/c;     a := a*c;    d := a/b;    d := d*b; 

because they are using optimized compilers which drop out useless calculations like the above to d := a; Not a very fair comparision is it! By the way, the IBM AT float benchmark was done in Microsoft Pascal. TurboPascal gives a benchmark which is twice as slow for the AT.


Frank Henriquez

Remember MultiMac? That was probably one of the most mysterious programs ever; it appeared without warning, actually did multitasking (not well, but the frequent crashes were no worse than those on an Amiga, with it’s “multi-tasking” operating system/joke) and then, quite suddenly disappeared. No one seemed to know who the author was, nor what happened to it since it’s disappearance. Unlike MultiFinder, it ran on a 512K machine (with the old Roms, no less) and did multitasking. How come it’s taken Apple 18 months (or more) to come out with a program that does less? And what was the true story about MultiMac?

On Bill Atkinson & Andy H.

Deirdre L. Maloy

Err... Don’t you mean “canonize”? “Cannonize” would be blowing someone apart....

Frank - I heard from a friend who talked with Andy Hertzfeld about MultiMac. Turns out Andy was quite impressed by what the European author (whose name I forget) managed to get a Mac to do, and this idea later worked out to be Servant/Juggler/MultiFinder. In fact, MultiFinder LOOKS an awful lot like MultiMac, including the menu trick (but MultiMac had the menu on the right of the menu bar instead of on the Apple menu).

Copyright violation is the sincerest form of flattery...

[Please note that Apple is very sensitive about the suggestion that Switcher or Servant in any way impacted MultiFinder. The official line is they did not; it was a seperate development entirely. Of course, once someone shows you how -Ed]

Fullwrite Worries

Pete Harbeson

I just heard some disturbing (well, to me) news about Fullwrite. Although they were showing it at MacWorld and even posted “hours to shipping”, supposedly that Microfilm-based electronic magazine (sorry, can’t remember the name) claims that what was being shown was early beta, the program has big problems running under newer systems and finders, and probably won’t be available when they said it would be. That program looked like *exactly* what I need, and all this is BAD NEWS!! it true? Anyone heard the same/different? [FullWrite is all it claims to be and more, and will ship *soon* and be great! Don’t worry. -Ed]

Hypercard visual effects


The visual effect in Hypercard should work on a Mac II, but you have to be in 1 bit per pixel mode. Hypercard writes directly to the screen to perform the effects, but does check if the screen is not B&W before doing so. If the screen is not B&W then it doesn’t use any effects at all.


Greg Kostello

Just got HyperCard. Went to bed at 3:00 A.M. playing with it. Gad I hate new software. Say, does anyone know if it is possible to import data. I already have lots of information on other databases. I surely do not want to type the information in all over again.

Also, the manual that came with the software is pretty worthless. Does anybody know where I can purchase a copy of the programmers manual? Do I have to go thru A.P.D.A? Thanks in advance. Greg

Hypercard Import


Look in the button ideas stack. There should be a button for importing text. Look at the button’s script to see what it does; you should be able to customize it for any kind of input file.


Luke Van Wontergh

Just picked up Hypercard at the Home Computer Store - 17th & Tustin in Santa Ana. They have about 15 more copies. I was disappointed in the manual also.

Byte Benchmarks

The Atom

An interesting note on Byte’s latest 68020/80386 benchmarks (sept. 87 issue):

If you take the top machines with best test results (DSI-780 and Compaq 386 @ 16 mhz), when you calculate the average percent difference from each of the 6 tests and standardize each, you come out with the 68020 running 4% faster on average(for those 6 benchmarks). Of course that didn’t stop Byte from saying the 386 was faster than a 68020.

Mac II Command-shift-3

David Holmgren

Our Mac II now refuses to capture the current screen to disk. I had done this successfully twice before. Now it just beeps at me (on the first try after startup, it accesses the disk momentarily, then beeps). I tried running from floppy, replacing the system file, reseting PRAM; none produced results. There are no invisible Screen X files. It behaves as though there was insufficient disk space for the screen dump.

Mac II Screen capture


If you want Command-shift-3 to work on your Mac II, set the Control Panel MONITOR: Black & White and to 2 colors.

80MB disaster- What to do when your drive dies

Jim Reekes

First, run a bad block scan. If you get *any* bad blocks, you’ll need to reformat the drive. I’m not too up on the Jasmine software, but it should include this utility. Next, try Disk First Aid’s test, DiskExpress’ verify or Apple’s SCSI Setup test option. I believe all of these perform a bad block scan.

My first guess is that you’ve got bad directory structures. This does not mean that you need to ‘Format’, but only ‘Initialize’ the drive. This can be done by simply selecting the disk in the Finder and choosing ‘Erase Disk’. MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING SYSTEM AND FINDER 4.1/5.5 or better. This is the only combination that properly supports a volume over 32MB. This is also why I’m guessing that it is the directories that are trashed, since you probably set up the drive originally with an older version of the System/Finder.

There are a number of decent HD-floppy backup programs. Just about everyone I’ve seen will do the job, at least better than the Finder. Tape backup systems are still in their infancy. I figure in about a year we’ll see the next generation. Look for major improvements once we start using DAT units for secondary storage. Personally I don’t like partitioning software. There is no good reason (that I can think of) to partition multiple Mac volumes on a single drive. Remember that HFS means every folder *is* a partition.

4d Alignment


When designing the Input Layouts for data entry, 4th Dimension jumps left-to-right, top-to-bottom on the form. If, for some reason, you want the next entry to occur on the right side of the form (rather than the default left), I found a shortcut using “Easy Access.”

First, align the tops of all the entry boxes on the region in question. Next, use the pointer to select the desired entry box. Engage Easy Access, hold down the “5” on the keypad, and tap once on the “8.” This will shift the box up one pixel; just enough to give that box precedence for data entry. You can barely see a one-pixel shift, but 4th Dimension knows it’s there. Problem solved.

System 4.1

Jim Reekes

The system will determine the size of the volume and create allocation blocks accordingly. On a 80MB size volume the allocation blocks are 1.5k. On my 140MB they are 2.5k. This means that a single char in a file will *at least* occupy 2.5k on the disk.


Frank Henriquez

The 68881 is the fastest of the currently available math co-processors. The 80287 is a bit slower, and sometimes even slower than the old 8087. I’ve heard of IBM slaves that plan on adding a 68881 to their machines (it would work, with some glue chips and LOTS of software). The 68882 is an improved version of the ‘881, both in speed and accuracy. Intel is coming out with a 80387 (and even an 80487! - dream on!) and if it’s up to their usually low standards, it’s only going to be a minor improvement over the ‘287. About Byte: The problem with the Byte benchmarks is not just that they were terribly bias, but that they show an astounding lack of professionalism for what is often considered the premier microcomputer magazine. If they had such a hard time getting reliable benchmarks, software and hardware for their Mac tests, and if they were truly honest and unbiased, they would not have published the three articles. Now David Betz has come up with Mac II benchmarks that do make sense. I wonder if they’ll print a retraction or just print some sleezy explanation approved by their IBM masters...


The Cloud

Red Ryder doesn’t want to do anything in the background! Tonight’s quickscan was put on hold when I clicked in another window, and only resumed when I again made it the active application. Any suggestions? or do I look for another telecom program?

The Complete Hypercard Handbook

Keith H.

Just picked up my copy of Danny Goodmans book. B.Dalton Book Sellers has a few copies ( South Coast Plaza & Westminster Mall in Orange County). One thing for sure is that it’s BIG, 720 pgs., and the price may be a little high for some $29.95. But it is going to be the book to have for HyperCard as it gives a complete and in depth look at the program and how to program with it, some insight into how Bill A. came up with the idea for the program and more. Well I’m going back to reading my copy now.

MPW 2.0 Pascal held up

Rick Boarman

Apple stopped shipping MPW 2.0 Pascal due to a very serious bug having to do with byte size array elements. Or something like that anyways. I don’t know if that effected the release of 2.0 Shell or not. I’m dying to use a new version of the Shell, the one I have now (2.0 B1) is very buggy.


Power Hopeful

I’m having lots of trouble installing an INIT. If anyone can answer any of these GENERAL questions about the problem, it’d help.

First, there is no REZ definition of an INIT resource. I’m simply linking my program as a DRVR then converting it to an INIT. This action assumes that the code will simply execute as is, starting at the beginning. I have seen statements to the effect that an INIT must BRA somewhere, with that BRA instruction followed by 2 NOP’s. In disassembling some INIT’s -- both in and out of the System file -- I’ve seen that done. I’ve also seen that not done. Is this INIT definition applicable only to those of the olden days that had to be installed in the System itself?

Second, whenever I do a _Blockmove to an allocated ptr in the System heap, the code which IS put there during the INIT (traced through) is not there later. I wonder if the info I’m setting in ResEdit (system heap and locked) is somehow not being saved and is thus making my code purgeable. Is there a bug in ResEdit that might be causing this to happen? If this were happening, would an INIT that was placed in either heap during early startup be removed after startup was complete? I mean, are purgeable resources purged during startup?

Chief Wizard

The only rule governing the structure of an INIT is this: It must be executable code with the entry point at the beginning and it must terminate with an RTS.

You do not need to have a BRA with two NOPs. There is a standard developing, though, where people are starting their INITs with BRA instructions, and then following that with ASCII information about the INIT.

When the System boots, it opens your INIT file with OpenResFile, then it executes all of the INIT resources in that file. When it’s done, it does a CloseResFile. ANY INIT RESOURCES STILL OPEN FROM THAT FILE WILL GET RELEASED! This means that any code you have in the INIT will be marked as free on the heap.

To avoid this, you can do a couple of things. First, you can copy yourself to another non-relocatable block in the System Heap. Since this block is not a resource, it won’t get released when the resource file closes. OR, you can call DetachResource on yourself. This has the effect of releasing yourself as a resource, but leaving the heap block around.

Any INIT code that wants to live beyond boot time should load into the System Heap and should be locked. The Application heap at that time will not last very long.


Power Hopeful

Will a detached resource be invisible also to Macsbug?


If you detach a resource, then Macsbug won’t recognize it as a resource. If you copy the INIT code into a non-relocatable block, then Macsbug will report it in a heap dump, but you won’t be able to tell (from that listing) which non-relocatable is your INIT.

Microphone & Multifinder


A while back I tried using Microphone with Multfinder/Juggler and was deeply disappointed to find out that Microphone would not operate properly in the background (i.e. was not Juggler friendly). Every time I would switch to another application (Microsoft Word, for example), Microphone would turn itself off. Well, yesterday, I decided to see what would happen if I cut out the SIZE ID=-1 resource from a Juggler friendly application and paste it into Microphone - It worked! I switched to the Finder and I could see text scrolling by in the Microphone window that was behind. I also tried doing XMODEM file transfers while fiddling around in the Finder and various applications and they worked fine. Now I don’t know about you, but I had always wished I could do something else with my computer while I was in the middle of an hour long file transfer, and now I can!

MultiFinder patch for apps

Jim Reekes

The patch you mentioned Alfred seems to work with most of the pre-MultiFinder applications. I suggest you COPY the resource out of MacWrite 4.6, and paste it into the program of your choice. If you read the article on the download board you’ll see how this has been documented.

4D Problem

A layout procedure only executes when the record is being modified. To change the current selection while the record is being worked on is the equivalent of pulling the data out from under the pointer. If you HAD managed to do it (by calling a global procedure from within a layout procedure, for example), you would have gotten, probably, a bomb.

The answer is to change the selection from a global procedure that calls the layout procedure.

680X0 in a Mac Plus

Michael Coren

In view of the current craze in the Mac community for faster chips, has anybody tried putting a 68010 into a Mac Plus? The 000 and 010 are pin compatible, and the microcode is a little more efficient to the point that a Motorola MPU guy told me that in normal operation at the same clock speed an 010 should be about 30% faster than an 000. The only thing I’m concerned about is the 68010’s “loop” instructions. Has anyone done anything with this? Also, would anybody know how to put a 68020 into a plus? Obvoiusly, it is possible since I know of 2 companies that sell 020 boards for the plus.


My old monstermac board had a 68010 in it. It was number 49; a real early version back when Maxwell was making all sorts of performance improvement promises. He said it was clocked at the 68K speed and not 10mhz. This was a few years ago so the last time I cracked open the box (before I sold it) I looked to make sure. Yup, 68010. The Laserwriter has a 68010 in it too ya know.

Anybody read Zachmanns’ column in Infoworld? Sigh, I have to agree with him regarding the level of fanatacism in the Mac world. Makes me wanna change my handle. Anybody see the ad on page 100?????


Don Olson

Bought a CMS SC40a from SnAPP and unfortunately found that the DOVE SCSI would not recognise it. After hassling with Dove and confering with Rusty, the Dove was the problem. Brought the drive up on a borrowed SE and was impressed with the speed. Does any one have any information on the caching used in the SC40a? By the way, am returning the DOVE SCSI to be replaced with a Julian Systems SCSI at the recommendation of CMS. Thanks to Rusty for his leg work and a good deal on the drive. Keep up the good work. (Dove admits thier SCSI is at fault .They want me to me to solder a lead from the SCSI interface to the RAM expansion board 512 to 1 M. Bozo huh?!)

ADB Mouse Blues

Gary Voth

I have to agree with an OLD post of Jim’s:

I’ve notice a definite decrease in responsiveness when the ADB mouse is plugged into the keyboard rather than directly into the rear of the SE. It seems to get real jumpy, especially during floppy I/O.

Is it just me, or do any of the rest of you feel that the ADB has generally LOWERED the quality of the mouse feel compared to the Mac Plus? The Macintosh mouse is one of its better designed (and often overlooked) features. Every mouse I’ve ever seen on a PC has failed to implement the Mac mouse’s variable response ratio (pointer is 1:1 when the mouse is moved slowly, higher when the mouse is moved more quickly). It is incredibly difficult to perform precise selections with one of these mutant PC mice.

On the SE, NONE of the provided mouse settings seems to duplicate the slope of the response curve of the Mac Plus mouse. They either speed up too abruptly or not fast enough. I suppose I could get used to it, but it sure is disconcerting.

Maybe the Chief Wiz could shed some light on the subject.


Keith H.

Two places I have come accross that sell 1meg SIMMs at a good price are Computer Parteners, Beach Bl., Stanton, CA and Orion Avionics, Lawndale, CA (213) 676-0880.

They both also sell other types of memory enhancements for all Macs I have dealt with Computer Parteners and can recomend them for all types of Mac equipment and software.

ADB Sorrows

Chief Wizard

It appears that most of the problems with ADB are the result of the fact that ADB is a more complicated communications bus than the previous keyboard. Of course, previously the mouse was directly connected to a VIA which caused an interrupt whenever the mouse moved.

Now, though, the mouse is treated as an ADB device which requires the more time consuming bi-directional ADB request mechanism.

I don’t have any concrete information about whether or not the mouse is actually slower when it goes through the keybaord, but I would tend to doubt it. In either case, the mouse is on the ADB bus, whether it is physically connected to the keyboard or not (i.e. if keyboard signals were colliding with the mouse, I think they would still collide when the mouse was plugged into the back of the Mac).


The Atom

It seems to me that the problems with the ADB mouse must be in the software drivers on the SE, since I run a ADB mouse through a keyboard on a //GS daily, and the mouse and keyboard action are as smooth and fast as my mac+.



This is really great. In case nobody noticed, Apple also put some of this in the high-level interfaces in the final MPW 2 (and presumably IM Volume V), such as finding the System font size and number, and finding the menu bar height (128K ROM only). This goes a long way to making this code work with only a recompile if any of this ever changes in the future.

However, MPW C only allows one 16-bit instruction; it sure would be nice if this simple restriction could be removed. (I know, nobody on this board cares about C.)

Lightspeed & Switcher

The Cloud

The letter from Andrew Singer on p. 6 of the August MacTutor seems to say, if I read it correctly, that Switcher won’t work under System 4.1...this is news to me, since I have been using Switcher successfully under 4.1 for a number of applications. Of course, Lightspeed Pascal isn’t one of those applications. Curious to see what would happen, I tried giving Lightspeed a 512K Switcher partition under 4.1, and got the message “The Lightspeed Zone is damaged...proceed with caution” OK, it doesn’t yet work with 4.1. However, most apps *do*, and it was a little disconcerting to read that they don’t. I’m even more curious to know what it will do with MultiFinder.... Of course, MultiFinder will probably make Switcher a thing of the past, but until then, it’s one heck of a useful utility (especially now that I have 2 megs! hee hee) -k

Lightspeed and Multifinder


One of the big Lightspeed fans on Usenet was saying that Lightspeed fails miserably under MultiFinder, and there are even some at Think who don’t believe this should be fixed. Rich (who’s also on Bix) spends all day using LSP and has worked closely with Think, so although I’ve not verified it myself, I believe it.

It seems LSP does some funky stuff with the system environment (like swapping in/out lo memory globals) and SUPRISE! MultiFinder does the same...

MacApp @ MacWorld


In case anyone is interested, there were about 6-7 MacApp programs being demoed at MacWorld. Briefly, they were: Joel West’s picture colorizer (which also comes with some other neat things besides the MacApp program), a drum machine program called “Different Drummer”, a client management program called “GYST”, the Apple FaxModem application (which lets you send and receive faxes unattended, etc.), a backup program called “Mac Up”, a program called “Map/Access” which is a geographically-oriented data manager, an engineering application called “Mac COGO”.


Ram Warrior

Quark said they would be dropping the copy protection on Xpress in the near future. Call them and complain - you may get a non-protected copy out of them.

Due to bugs in their hard disk install program, we used FixJT to install (unprotect) our copy at work for hard drive use. It has worked well for 3 1/2-4 months now.


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It might not have been the greatest week for new releases on the App Store, but don't let that get you down, because there are some truly incredible games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now. Seriously, you could buy anything on this list and I... | Read more »
Everything You Need to Know About The Fo...
In just over a week, Epic Games has made a flurry of announcements. First, they revealed that Fortnite—their ultra-popular PUBG competitor—is coming to mobile. This was followed by brief sign-up period for interested beta testers before sending out... | Read more »
The best games that came out for iPhone...
It's not been the best week for games on the App Store. There are a few decent ones here and there, but nothing that's really going to make you throw down what you're doing and run to the nearest WiFi hotspot in order to download it. That's not to... | Read more »
Death Coming (Games)
Death Coming Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: (iTunes) Description: --- Background Story ---You Died. Pure and simple, but death was not the end. You have become an agent of Death: a... | Read more »
Hints, tips, and tricks for Empires and...
Empires and Puzzles is a slick match-stuff RPG that mixes in a bunch of city-building aspects to keep things fresh. And it's currently the Game of the Day over on the App Store. So, if you're picking it up for the first time today, we thought it'd... | Read more »
What You Need to Know About Sam Barlow’s...
Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should... | Read more »
Pixel Plex Guide - How to Build Better T...
Pixel Plex is the latest city builder that has come to the App Store, and it takes a pretty different tact than the ones that came before it. Instead of being in charge of your own city by yourself, you have to work together with other players to... | Read more »
Fortnite Will Be Better Than PUBG on Mob...
Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens... | Read more »
Siege of Dragonspear (Games)
Siege of Dragonspear 2.5.12 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 2.5.12 (iTunes) Description: Experience the Siege of Dragonspear, an epic Baldur’s Gate tale, filled with with intrigue, magic, and monsters.... | Read more »

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Amazon has new 2017 13″ 3.1GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale this weekend for $200 off MSRP, each including free shipping: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXV2LL/A): $1599.99 $200 off... Read more
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B&H Photo has dropped prices on new 2017 15″ MacBook Pros, now up to $300 off MSRP and matching Adorama’s price drop yesterday. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ... Read more
Apple restocks Certified Refurbished 2017 13″...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ 2.3GHz MacBook Pros for $200-$230 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, models receive new outer cases, and... Read more
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Adorama has new 2017 13″ Space Gray Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (... Read more
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Adorama has New 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NJ and NY only: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $... Read more
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B&H Photo has 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $100-$150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro... Read more
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B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space... Read more
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Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished 2017 10″ and 12″ iPad Pros for $100-$190 off MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: –... Read more
Silver 12″ 1.3GHz MacBook on sale at B&H...
B&H Photo has the 2017 12″ 1.3GHz Silver MacBook on sale for $1399.99 including free shipping plus sales tax for NY & NJ residents only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest... Read more

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