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#1 2014-09-04 04:29:53

Scott Baret
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Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

I've modified my share of System 6/7 disks over the years--hard disks, floppies, you name it. I've found, more often than not, I've included some or all of the following utilities on my disks. All of them are shareware or freeware. (I'm also debating about putting together an archive of these since all of them are legally distributable).

Bomb Shelter
This little INIT activates the resume/continue button on any bomb system error dialog box (typically, it's either greyed out or omitted entirely, depending on the system version).

Programmer's Key
I have a lot of Macs missing a programmer's switch (and by this, I mean models which were supposed to have one, not LCs or other computers with hidden programmer's switches). For these, rather than use the paper clip hack to push the buttons on the logic board through the ventilation holes, this little extension comes in handy. It arms either the power key or the tilde key, utilizing LC-style (and Apple II-style) key combinations to reset or interrupt the Mac.

Bongo Bob
For zany quotes and a satisfying gong sound, nothing else compares. Bongo Bob delivers a quote every time the Mac is started up.

Choose CDEV
Under System 6, the General control panel always pops up first. When you're running a bunch of Macs with dead or removed PRAM batteries and actually want to use them, the mouse control panel is almost always going to be used upon startup to take the setting off that awful tablet setting. Choose CDEV allows for any cdev to be selected as the "top" cdev, which will go before the General control panel.

UnScrolly
Also useful for the control panel when adjusting a lot of settings at once, this gives System 6 users the Apple IIGS option of displaying only text in the area where control panels are selected.

RAMDisk+
There is no better RAM Disk program out there. This gem can create a RAM disk upon startup and copy the system files to it, then switch to the RAM disk for the system. This is extremely useful for floppy-driven Macs with more than 1MB RAM, since no external drive is required for operation here. It can also create a standard RAM disk without this feature.

Super Ruler
This DA puts a ruler on the screen and can be opened from any program. It's really useful for the applications which lack a ruler or don't have a decent one built in.

Discolour
For the System 7 Macs, this extension displays disk icons in full color to match the rest of the interface.

Disinfectant
I'm including this here because of the INIT it can install. The only drawback is that it won't do anything against the SevenDust virus or AutoStart worms.

Backdrop
Back when I used a Mac Plus for a Retrochallenge project, I put a dithered photo of my friends and I on my desktop using this extension. It works under System 6 and uses MacPaint/Startup Screen files. It's also the only way I know of to put a picture of your choosing on a System 6 desktop.

SCSI Tools
Any Mac with a SCSI port is bound to experience some weirdness related to that bus at some point or another. SCSI Tools is pretty good for helping to isolate these causes. It's a cdev and is accessible through the control panel on a pre-System 7 Mac.

Ashley
This is a font I discovered which mimics handwriting. I really like it and hope the guy who wrote it will take my shareware payment 23 years after he released it!

Layout
OK, so it's not an INIT or cdev, but it's a great customization tool for System 6. It even gives some funky options for the "color" menu.


Finally, for what it's worth, I always install the Venice font when setting up a system. It's not included by default, but I find I use it a ton.

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#2 2014-09-04 04:46:31

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

That's a nice list. I've used maybe 1/3 of them but you've made me want to look into a few of the others now.


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#3 2014-09-04 09:26:02

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

I try to avoid having too many if I can...but here's a few that I have to have:

SCSIProbe: Good ol' SCSIProbe has always come in handy, whether for telling me if a device is showing up on the SCSI bus, finding out a device's SCSI ID, or mounting a SCSI drive. Gotta have it!

DiskLight: Not shareware, part of Norton Utilities for Macintosh. Puts a little disk LED next to the Apple menu when there is HDD activity

ToastCDR: Good driver for third party SCSI CD-ROMs. Also not shareware.

SuperClock!: For use on System 7.1, gives you the same date/time in the menu bar as System 7.5 onwards

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#4 2014-09-04 14:14:54

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Great topic!

I'm generally a bit conservative when it comes to additional INITs, cdevs, etc but there's a couple you just can't leave home without:

Eyeballs!  The good ol' xeyes-alike.

Programmer's Key like Scott mentioned, pretty indespensible.

SCSI Probe I second LCGuy's nomination as a must have.

After Dark Lunatic Fringe The After Dark screensaver game Lunatic Fringe.  I think it's included in the link here, but haven't verified.

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#5 2014-09-04 16:45:00

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Here's what's my typical load-out on a OS 9 system consists of:

Startup Doubler (really does make a difference)
USB Overdrive (on a system with USB)
Network Time (better than Date/Time)
Print2Pict
SCSI Probe
LiteSwitch
Smart Scroll

On pre-System 7.5, I add SuperClock!, CFM-68K Runtime, Thread Manager, Appearance Manager and copies of Window Shade and Apple Menu Items, which work just fine on 7.1.

I also chop out a lot of CDEVs and INITs:

x Control Strip (don't use it)
x Application Switcher (don't use it)
x Launcher
x Software Update
x Find By Content (slows the system dramatically during indexing)
x nearly all the printer drivers


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#6 2014-09-04 18:30:47

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

TheGrouch - Oscar The Grouch pops up and sings "I Love Trash" to you whenever you empty the trash.

MacBarf - Makes a vomiting noise when disk ejects.

I don't remember any of the useful ones smile

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#7 2014-09-05 03:38:42

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

How could I forget about SuperClock? I do use that one quite often.

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#8 2014-09-05 03:52:03

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Yes, sir, may I have another? (floppy)

Which set had that one?

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#9 2014-09-05 05:55:46

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

I've bookmarked this, as it's an invaluable source of ideas for my boot disks!

My boot disks are quite standard, except that I like adding the following to whatever disks I use:

Lido: This is invaluable for formatting disks and stuff
Patched Apple HD SC Setup 7.3.5: I prefer to use this when I can for compatibility and Apple-ness smile
SCSIProbe I use this to mount Zip disks I've formatted via Apple HD SC Setup, which makes them act like regular hard disks (which is invaluable if you want to use one as a semi-permanent hard disk replacement, as they don't auto-eject at shutdown or reboot like regular Zips do).

And I've also used at least some of the other programs mentioned here, such as After Dark and SuperClock!.

Speaking of After Dark, it puzzles me as to why Apple never built a screensaver into the Classic Mac OS (it wasn't until Mac OS X that Apple did this), as there's no technical reason why not (After Dark proved this quite well).

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#10 2014-09-05 07:51:16

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Oh yeah, After Dark is another one. And yes, I am a registered user...I even still have my Flying Toasters pen! (it doesn't work anymore, ink ran out in the 90's...but I keep it anyway because its a Flying Toasters pen and therefore awesome!)

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#11 2014-09-05 19:27:24

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Conflict Catcher: Better than the standard Extensions Manager built into 7.5.x.  Actually can run conflict tests when you're having crashing issues.

HAND-Off II: application menu and program subsitution utility.  Works like AliasMenu, but takes up less space on the hard drive, since there are no Aliases for each application you have on your computer.  Also works under System 6.  Very hard to find.  Had to keep trolling eBay to find the installer disk.  Updaters from 2.2.1 to 2.2.4 and 2.2.6 seem to be made of unobtanium these days, yet were easily located in the Connectix software library on both Compu$erve and AOhelL back in 1994-95.

Pyro! 4.1: A bit smaller than AD.  Version 4.1 is hard to find.

SCSIProbe: as mentioned above

SoundMaster: assign snd files to various actions.  Case in point, if you want HAL to say "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" when you reboot your Mac, you can do that.  Or, someone upchucking something when you eject a disk...

SuperClock! 4.0.4: Not needed under 7.5.x, of course, but works great for 6.0.x, 7.0/7.0.1, and 7.1.x

WindowShade: Not needed under 7.5.x or higher.  1.3 from the 7.5 installer disks works fine under earlier versions of 7.  Never tried it under 6.0.8, though.

Zipple: Fairly useless, but cool to see a spinning apple icon, instead of the standard icon for the Apple Menu.

I do tear out some of the unneeded junk that Apple installs on the hard drive, like the aforementioned Launcher, and unnecessary printer drivers (only have the old ImageFighter II, so don't need LaserWriter and StyleWriter drivers).

-J


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#12 2014-09-06 00:38:48

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

How's about file copy INITs? I seem to recall there were several INITs at the time that sped up or otherwise modified Finder file copies.  Speed Doubler included one, does anyone remember any others?

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#13 2014-09-06 00:49:25

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

There is a WindowShade for System 6: http://www.euronet.nl/users/mvdk/Tips_and_tricks.html

I've never used it under System 6 though, as I don't spend a lot of time in System 6. System 7 though, absolutely. Gotta have it.

Other ones I've seen: Disk Lights (Mac GUI), MockWrite DA (TeachText in a DA), File Tools (like ResEdit's Get File/Folder Info in a DA, doesn't work on certain systems), others.

Deeply desired: DiskTop 2.0-3.0 something. I've used it probably fifteen years ago. Only copy I've seen around is DiskTop 1.2 on umich.edu's Mac Archive.

cc: Some of the Emergency Network Access Disks I've cooked up should give you some ideas. (The next major revision will have finalized the NADs so they'll be proper. The System 2.0.1 NAD is pretty good, I think.)


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#14 2014-09-06 05:05:19

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

LCGuy wrote:

Oh yeah, After Dark is another one. And yes, I am a registered user...I even still have my Flying Toasters pen! (it doesn't work anymore, ink ran out in the 90's...but I keep it anyway because its a Flying Toasters pen and therefore awesome!)

I've got one of those pens too! Not sure if it writes or not; haven't used it in a long time. Mine is bright pink--what color is yours?


In regard to DiskTop: If you want a copy of it, track down Mac Secrets, 2nd Edition, and make sure your book has the disks included. They ran a special deal where DiskTop (I think 2.0) was bundled with the book. Great book, too, and also includes a few other great little things I thought of:

OpenWide: For those times when you have long filenames and want the open/save dialog boxes to show the entire length of the name.

Color Coordinator: Very useful if, say, you've got a Mac II and want to run MacPaint 1.x, which only works properly in black and white mode, or if you want to avoid those annoying "quit and set your monitor to 256 colors" whenever you play a game. This one will switch your bit depth automatically for each program based on what you tell it to do.

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#15 2014-09-06 05:41:45

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Scott Baret wrote:

I've got one of those pens too! Not sure if it writes or not; haven't used it in a long time. Mine is bright pink--what color is yours?

Mine's orange. smile With black Flying Toasters.

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#16 2014-09-06 14:53:22

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Sounds like we need a thread with pics of our MacGoodies, Vendor Gimmes and Misc. MacTchotchkes.

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#17 2014-09-06 15:02:37

Scott Baret
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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Hmm...I've got a Brøderbund Kids Club kazoo in the same closet as that pen. I'll be over there tomorrow so I'll take some pictures if I have a chance.

I thought of another one on the note of screensaver: Møire CDEV. It's not bad for a shareware screen saver, plus it can put a clock on your screen.

I also remember one called DarkSide, which I think has something to do with playing AfterDark files without AfterDark, but my memory is fuzzy on that one. I do know I have a copy of it somewhere though!

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#18 2014-09-06 20:36:22

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

There aren't any examples of the Mac SECRETS around, but I assume there still are out there.

Any other places to find it? I'm not sure how much better version 3.0 is compared to 2.0, since I can't compare them if I don't have them. It would be a great DA for System 6 NADs on 800Ks. Actually...I wonder how good network volumes work under that utility...


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#19 2014-09-06 22:19:41

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Here's one here. I'd contact the seller to make sure it's complete. 1994 is the correct year because I know the 2nd edition had only the first three 601-based Power Macs in it (also no LC 580).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Macworld-Mac-Po … 51b1b066dc

As I recall, DiskTop was a commercial product. The Secrets book licensed some commercial software. Color It was included too (it's basically the predecessor to Graphic Converter) as were a few other things that weren't shareware/freeware (Power to Go from Claris, a few Kaboom sounds, some fonts, etc).

Not sure about the network volumes, never tried them with DiskTop, but it's wonderful under ether 6 or 7 as either a Finder substitute or as a utility. It can, for example, change creation and type codes very easily (definitely preferable to using ResEdit).

The third edition of Secrets (which had a CD-ROM instead of disks) came with something called File Buddy. It's pretty similar to DiskTop but I'm not sure if it runs under System 6.

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#20 2014-09-06 23:26:42

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Scott Baret wrote:

I also remember one called DarkSide, which I think has something to do with playing AfterDark files without AfterDark, but my memory is fuzzy on that one. I do know I have a copy of it somewhere though!

Yeah, DarkSide is a shareware screensaver that, from memory allows the use of AfterDark modules. Its cool....but not as cool as After Dark.

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#21 2014-09-07 00:18:26

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

I ordered a copy off Amazon. We'll see when it shows up if the 3 disks are included. I bought a "New" version.

If it works well with network volumes, then it's something I would definiately recommend for those who are stuck with 800K drives, as part of a NAD. System 6 NADs are usually cramped on 800Ks, unless you use a Minimal Install. Even then if you can get "a Finder in a DA" then I don't see why not smile.

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#22 2014-09-20 20:03:31

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Copy arrived.

Disk 3 is bad. Anybody got a good disk 3?

It has DiskTop 4.0.2 on it. Requires System 6 or greater, ~152KiB on disk.


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#23 2015-06-30 09:04:30

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Re: Your Indispensable INITs and cdevs?

Is there a website, PDF or other text resource out there containing a comprehensive list of INITs & CDEVs compatible with the Macintosh 128k through the SE?  (68000 compatible, which I suppose should include the Mac Portable too.) 

It would be nice if the list could be divided up according to OS compatibility, breaking INIT/CDEVs into one group and the newer Extensions/Control Panels into another.

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