TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Bozo Manager
Volume Number:8
Issue Number:6
Column Tag:On the Lighter Side

Bozo Manager

By Gar, DataPak Software

Due to the increasing pressure to simplify the Mac Operating System, an unnamed source has given us an advance look at the next major System revisions:

The Bozo Manager

The purpose of the Bozo Manager is to simplify an otherwise complicated set of Toolbox functions and impossible documentation.

In interest of simplicity, the Bozo Manager will exist as Inside Macintosh Vol. 8 and will be precisely five pages (three of which are the copyright page, Table of Contents and Index).

Some of the key functions in the Bozo Manager are as follows:

Procedure JustMakeWindow

This procedure just makes a new window, making it the current GrafPort and the front window. It takes no parameters since it knows you simply want a garden-variety window with a pair of scrollbars and a “grow” box, etc., and of course it is visible and of course it has a go-away box.

JustMakeWindow will always make your window look nice. Note that this procedure does not return a WindowPtr because that would require its structure to be published, hence more complexity and more headaches.

JustMakeWindow is ideal for the beginning Mac programmer because all events are handled for you: when the new window receives an Update event, for instance, your code will be scanned for any "Toolbox routines that draw anything, hence you don't even need to use the Event Manager.

Procedure MeeToo (cloneverb: INTEGER)

The MeeToo procedure lets you create and sell software without writing one single line of code!

This procedure scans the hard drive for an existing application and, once found, launches that program but substitutes your “About” box.

The cloneverb parameter defines which application to launch, which can be one of the following:

MicrosoftClone = 1
AldusClone = 2
ClarisClone = 3

Note that these three verbs should be sufficient for 99% of all “new” software under development.

MeeToo is already being used by many developers but is finally being made available to everyone in the new Bozo Manager. It is an invaluable tool because you can market a fat product for which you entire cost is paying someone to use ResEdit for ten minutes.

We recommend, however, that you pad the file with some dummy “object code,” say 750K or more, as most developers have successfully accomplished.

Procedure UndoSystem (revert: INTEGER)

This procedure un-upgrades the current System software version. The revert parameter indicates which System you wish to revert to.

For example, let's say your application tried to include System 7 features but all of your users bought Mac Classics. Using the Bozo Manager, you could add “Undo System” to your Edit menu, passing it “6.07,” or “4.0,” etc., then at launch time the user can move the System version backwards if necessary.

Another use for UndoSystem is when things aren’t going your way: if all else fails when trying to use Script Manager, Apple Events, Editions Manager, etc. - or when you’ve just plain had it with suspicious bugs or doggy software, UndoSystem can be called directly from your application.

Procedure InitBugFixes

This procedure loads a special package that will cause the processor to do as you intend, not as you say. It’s built-in artificial intelligence will avoid taking your code so literally and will try to do the obvious instructions, just as you intended in the first place.

For example, let’s say your program accidentally states “for u = 1,” but what you really meant was “for i = 1.” If InitBugFixes was called at launch time, the processor knows that everyone uses “i” for loops, not “u,” so it will correct your error.

If for no other reason, the processor will realize that the letter “u” is right next to “i” on the keyboard so it can detect your error fairly easily.

InitBugFixes causes the processor to examine all of your code, determine what you really want to do, and will skip over the obvious mistakes. As a fail-safe measure, if a large piece of buggy code is too hard to figure out, the MeeToo function (above) might be called automatically to launch a similar piece of software, transparent to the user. In this case, the closest clone can be determined by examining your window contents, menu items, etc.

Lastly, when InitBugFixes is first called, a mirror-image of all memory is saved to the hard disk and can be loaded later to restore everything, salvaging an otherwise impossible parade of bugs. This way, the user won’t ever crash no matter how bad it gets.

However, if InitBugFixes is forced to load the memory image as a last-ditch effort, “undo System” is automatically appended to your Edit menu so the user can at least go back to how it was before the upgrade. See UndoSystem, above.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon,... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty. [Read more] | Read more »
Victorious Knight (Games)
Victorious Knight 1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.3 (iTunes) Description: New challenges awaits you! Experience fresh RPG experience with a unique combat mechanic, packed with high quality 3D... | Read more »
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of... | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
PsyCard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers och Card City Nights, Progress To 100 and Ittle Dew PSYCARD is a minesweeper-like game set in a cozy cyberpunk... | Read more »
Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
How to get a high score in every level o...
Sky Charms is an adorable match three puzzler that provides a decent challenge thanks to its creative level design. It regularly presents something new, forcing you to think on your feet. [Read more] | Read more »
Apestorm: Full Bananas (Games)
Apestorm: Full Bananas 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***Launch sale – limited time only!*** Fugitive Apes have taken to the skies in search of revenge after humans have... | Read more »
How to create bigger words in Spellspire
Words have power. At least they do in Spellspire,a game about blasting out magical attacks by making words out of a jumble of letters. And it's a lot of fun. But if you want to be the best, you're going to have to think tactically when you start... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Aleratec Releases Mac Software Upgrade for 1...
California based Aleratec Inc., designer, developer and manufacturer of Portable Device Management (PDM) charge/sync products for mobile devices and professional-grade duplicators for hard disk... Read more
Sale! Amazon offers 27-inch iMac, 13-inch 2.9...
Amazon has the 27″ 3.2GHz 5K iMac and the 13″ 3.9GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $300 off MSRP, each including free shipping, for a limited time: - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB HD 5K iMac (model MK462LL/A): $... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro on sa...
Take $200 off MSRP on the price of a new 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (model MF839LL/A) at Amazon. Shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1099.99 $200 off MSRP Act now if... Read more
Apple refurbished clearance 15-inch Retina Ma...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1609, $390 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. They have refurbished 15... Read more
27-inch 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off M...
B&H Photo has 27″ 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2199 $100 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $1849.99 $150... Read more
What Does The Refreshed 12-Inch MacBook Tell...
A lot of commentators are complaining that Apple’s update of the 12-Inch MacBook last week is a bit of a damp squib. I don’t know what they were expecting, since it would be very unlike Apple to do a... Read more
Free Wittify Keyboard Now Available On The Ap...
A team of Harvard Business School students have announced that the Wittify Keyboard, a new app utility for iOS devices, is now available on the Apple App Store. The Wittify keyboard and application... Read more
Apple Reports First Year-Over-Year Quarterly...
Apple on TUesday announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ending March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pros on sale fo...
Take $130-$150 off MSRP on the price of a new 13″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro at Amazon. Shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple (United...
# Apple Solutions Consultant Job Number: 48260200 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Posted: Apr. 22, 2016 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.