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Contents Copyright 2001 by Christopher Plummer

HERE IT IS, ISSUE NUMBER 30! WHOOEE! More new stuff. I've taken the
Editorial Imperative to change styles a bit this issue. Usually I keep
things short, choppy, to the point. If you want to read an article that
takes a half a page before you even begin to approach the good stuff, go
to traditional media, like MacWorld or MacUser. One of my goals is to
SAVE YOU TIME. But sometimes the explanation is worth the time. I'm a
WRITER not a TELEPROMPTER. So look for complete sentences in this issue,
enhanced with fascinating Mac trivia, insightful comments, and personal
commentary of questionable merit. AND another whole issue without a
mention of U NO WHO! :-)

UPDATES - More Carbon
NEWS - Famous Again
UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK - Digital Director likes iMovie
Get the Point - Geeky 10.1 Install Stuff. Fun stuff next time.
Video ON MAC (part one)
Tips - Check Control Panel MENUS
Special Bonus Keyboard Commands - ZEE

GEEK SPEAK ALERT: Expansion Slot, Partition, Drive Bay (See the GSR, in
this issue, below!)

iMac Power Management Update 1.1 -
For iMacs ONLY! If you unplug or turn off the plugstrip attached to your
iMac, it SHOULD retain a bunch of settings (including the date and time)
using an internal battery. My iMac DV seemed to LOSE this ability right
around the time the 1 year warranty expired. This usually means the
battery (which is supposed to last about 5 years) needs to be replaced,
something you should really have done BY A QUALIFIED APPLE SERVICE TECH,
which you have to pay for, and (heaven forbid) LEAVE YOUR IMAC WITH THEM.
Anyway, maybe this update would have prevented my battery from croaking
so soon. Read the README and you decide. I'm applying it either way to


Appleworks 6.21 -
Remember that 'Appleworks 6' is a CARBON application. That means it works
well with OS AQUA. Apple has released a special update to AppleWorks for
users of the latest AQUA release, 10.1. If you don't use 10.1, you don't
need this particular update! Those of you contemplating the move to TEN,
this is a good time to consider upgrading your Appleworks.

For 6.2 Update --> <>
For 6.2.1 Update -->

If you're at Appleworks 5 or earlier, I couldn't find an 'upgrade' to get
to 6. You have to BUY Appleworks 6, to GET CURRENT and GET CARBON. 6.2 is
available for $79.00 at the Apple Store. If you buy the DOWNLOAD version
and save Apple the trouble of burning a CD and printing a manual and
paying for shipping and packaging, and you pay for all the electrons you
burn, it's just $79.00. Is that GREAT MARKETING or what?? I suggest you
buy it from MacConnection, for $77.95, get the special $10 Blockbuster
coupon, and if you're a User Group member, pay no shipping.


Famous Again!
We're UNPREDICTABLY on the cover of the latest issue of 'Dialog', the
Princeton Macintosh User Group newsletter. Editor Megan has excerpted
nearly three pages from recent issues of U&O for inclusion in her
award-winning magazine. It's a treat to see this material with graphics
and real FONTS!! Thanks Megan! :-0


Digital Director 'Tom' writes:

"I used iMovie to create my first DV project in about 3 days. It is a
superior program and it was free! It was fun and I suggest your readers
try it if they haven't already. I bought 'the Missing Manual' on iMovie
and highly recommend it." [Another David Pogue book, of course. — Chris]

Tom's only problem was crashing when exporting the 48 minute/18 Gig
movie. He needed to bump up the RAM allocation to the application, a
clue to the observant that Tom is not yet using OH ESS TEN. "I selected
the icon and clicked File--Get More Info and increased the ram
properties of the program from 28500 to 55000. An IMovie 'extensions
profile' might be a good idea for those with Macs with less ram than
the 256Mb I have."

Thanks Tom! :-)

Get the Point
AQUA 10.1 (Part One)


I'm really itching to write about the TEN EXPERIENCE, but since there are
some of you looking for a little GUIDANCE before you hitch your first
ride on this train, I'll try to help you out. You've heard it before,
you'll hear it again, MAKE A BACKUP first. Note that I am not going into
explicit detail here. I assume you have a certain level of geeky
self-confidence to take on these tasks. And you might want to read some
(or all) of the related references at the end of the article. If you
don't know how to back up your Mac (or at the very least, the DATA on
your Mac) then it's time to forget TEN. You're not ready to play with the
BIG BOYS. TEN or no, you should have a recent backup - unless you just
happen to be the only computer user on the planet besides Dilbert's
Pointy Haired Boss who can afford to LOSE everything on his drive. :-)

If you really do dive into this, you're going to need all your network
settings written down. You'd think TEN could figure this out by itself,
but NO.

[Kind of UN-Maclike you Unix-oriented, former NEXT employee, Oh Ess TEN
engineers. Get with the APPLE PROGRAM please!!]

So go to your TCP-IP, Remote Access, and Internet Control Panels and
write down everything. Or just do a screen dump of each one. (First put
the [Caps Lock] key down. Then [Command]+ [Shift]+ [4]. And when the
bullseye cursor appears, put it in the middle of the Control Panel Window
and click your mouse. Look for Picture 1,2,3 etc. at the 'root' level of
your hard drive and print these out before you start.) At the very least,
make sure you have all the information from your ISP - your email
address, user password, mail server - remember all that stuff? You can
always do this setup later, but if you want TEN to be able to connect to
the Internet right away, you'll need it.

If you meet the minimum hardware requirements for Oh Ess TEN and have
gotten your Mac up to System 9.1, there are about three main variations
on how to install it.

This method installs TEN right onto your existing hard drive. If you
follow the instructions and copy the new Startup Disk Control Panel into
your existing System Folder, you should be able to switch back and forth
and 'boot' to either AQUA or Good Ol' OS 9. If something goes wrong with
TEN, you might be able, or find someone who is able, to fix the problem
and replace the file(s) that have problems. This is the 'ideal world'
scenario that goes along with the Apple concept that everything should
'just work'. I'll call it, 'Isn't it nice to think so,' and as your
personal consultant :-) I have to call this method UNPREDICTABLY NOT

Why not? TEN dumps a horrendous bunch of gobbledy gook files on your
drive. They won't even look CLOSE to what you've seen on MACS OF THE
PAST. In TEN if you have a problem, the 'easy' thing is to just
re-install. [If you think this already sounds too much like Windows,
you're right. But LET'S NOT GO THERE.] Fortunately, TEN is supposed to be
smart enough to retain all your setup and settings when you reinstall,
and keep it's mitts off of Good Ol' 9. At least, that's what I've read,
but I don't want to find out first hand. And neither do you.

The next two methods keep TEN isolated, so your NINE stuff can safely be
left alone if TEN needs a reinstall. You can do this with a separate hard
drive, or a separate 'partition' on a single hard drive.

With this method, we use one physical drive, but 'partition' it to make
it appear to be several. BACKUP YOUR ENTIRE DRIVE, first, checking how
much space you need for the whole shebang, because you are going to drop
it all into a smaller space when we're done.

Boot from an OS9 CD.

Partition your drive. (You use Drive Setup to do this; and you can read
all about it in the 'Drive Setup Help' under the 'Help' menu.) You will
want at least two partitions, one for OS9, one for TEN. The one for TEN
should be at least a couple Gig. The one for NINE has to be at least as
big as the space used previously by NINE, plus a Gig or more for
breathing room. If you can do this with ease, make a third partition that
is around 500Mb. (I'll tell you why in a future issue, but you'll yell at
me if I don't give you the chance to create it now.)

Restore your backup to the OS9 partition. [You need to know how to do
this. Or hire someone who does ;-) Backing up is no good if you can't

Install TEN into the TEN partition.

HOPE that everything works, and GO PLAY WITH AQUA.

The disadvantage of this method is that you have to know how to do all
this stuff. Backup, restore, partition. Plus you end up with these
partitions, and probably at some point, when you are comfortable with it
all, you are going to want to go to the 'Just Do It' method. But that may
not be for a LONG TIME. I see 'Till We Part' as an interim solution. But

This third method is to use an additional, probably external, drive to
install Oh Ess TEN. If you have a Desktop machine, you can live with this
solution as long as it works for you. If you have a PowerBook (that is, a
laptop), you'll eventually resort to one of the previous methods when you
are comfortable with TEN, because this will only give you TEN when you
are connected to an external drive. And what PowerBook user wants to lug
around an external drive? We have a MYSTIQUE, you know!

In addition to a second drive, you must have a Mac that can boot from it.
(Some Macs can't boot from an external drive. I'm not an Apple engineer.
I can't tell you why they all don't or which ones suffer this insult -
early G4s and some iMacs and maybe some other models can't 'boot' from an
external FIREWIRE drive. Mine can. You may have to do some research.)

Make a complete backup of your existing, working Mac system. PLEASE.

You can put TEN by itself on your TEN drive, or you can be extra
conservative and partition the TEN drive per our previous method. One for
OS 9, one for Oh Ess TEN, and one small one, about 500 Mb, for something
else we'll talk about another time. If you have trouble setting up this
3rd partition, you can skip it.

If you partition, install OS 9.2 (which comes with 10.1) on your new NINE
partition. You can tell TEN to use the CLASSIC environment (which is NINE
running 'under' TEN) from there. If you don't partition, you can just
load TEN on your TEN drive, and TEN will use your existing OS 9 for
Classic. If you have weird extensions or customizations or conflicts, you
might have problems with this. But you might not.

Remember, if you're using an external drive scenario and things go really
bad - and about the worst thing would be that you couldn't boot to Nine
when you want to - you can just unplug the external drive, and your Mac
should be smart enough to start up from Good Ol' NUMBER Nine. This
method, partitioned external drive, is the MOST UNPREDICTABLY RECOMMENDED.

There you are. I've done my GEEK duty and made some suggestions about how
you HEATSEEKERS can safely play with Oh Ess TEN. I'll even provide some
URLs to some even more GEEKY articles if you'd like to do some research.
And next time we talk about the FUN STUFF!

Thanks for Stopping By!



A little History (Part One)

In the Primordial Mac swamps of the distant past, some APPLE MARKETING
GENIUS decided that the way to deal with complaints that everybody
thought Macs were too expensive compared to PCs, was to give 'home Mac
users' a 'less expensive' Mac with a non-Mac name. And so 'the Performa'
was born. (If you can follow that logic, please get a job with Dell and

To cost less, Performas, not being TRUE MACS, were supposed to offer LESS
than their overpriced corporate counterparts. Basically this meant they
had no drive bays and notoriously few expansion slots. Oldtimers know
that in those days, computers didn't always come with modems, ethernet,
big hard drives, and lots of RAM. You had to ADD that stuff. Computer
designers, at least when Steve Jobs wasn't around, usually left a few
open sockets - called expansion slots - so that people could add things
that didn't come with the computer. The weird thing was that except for
drive bays and slots, the Performa somehow ended up with just about
everything, all crammed tight into a little box. It even came with a
special monitor with built-in stereo speakers.

SOMEHOW on a couple of Performa models those tricky Apple engineers even
sneaked in a TV TUNER!! Not only could you WATCH TV on your Mac, you
could capture still images and snippets of video as Quicktime movies.
There were even ports so you could attach this Mac to your camcorder or
VCR! [Gosh, this is starting to sound awfully familiar isn't it?]

The Apple engineers didn't stop there. They even got it to work with a
remote control! You could startup your Mac, er, Performa, with a
'clicker' or have it come up just like a full screen TV. (The same
Performa also came with phone answering machine software, lots of
educational software, and worked with an early version of Plaintalk. Can
you believe that? Is it any surprise those BIG DUMB CORPORATIONS wanted
to dump their Macs? They were paying more money, and they didn't even get
all the COOL FEATURES of the less expensive home Macs! Of course it was
even worse for them that their preferred conservative computing choice,
Intel PCs, still struggling with "Windows 3.1", hadn't even come close to
being able to do any of that stuff yet!)

But it didn't matter. The same APPLE MARKETING GENIUSES that accidentally
came up with this brilliant mutant Mac, totally missed the boat, and a
total of about SIXTEEN people on the planet knew the machine existed.
(One of them was the ousted Steve Jobs, who tucked the idea away, just in
case he ever returned to Apple.) More on video next time!

TFSB :-)

Expansion Slot - Known these days as 'slots' or 'sockets'. A physical
interface INSIDE YOUR COMPUTER where things can be added to enhance your
computer. We're not talking about dopey looking external boxes, but
little 'cards' or circuit boards, or chips that give you more memory,
better video, an internal modem, etc.

Drive Bay - Open space inside a computer, presumably with mounting
hardware, power and data cables, where another drive can be added. In the
old days this meant another floppy or hard drive, but anymore it might
include a zip, jaz, CD-RW, or DVD drive.

Partition - Using Apple's 'Drive Setup' or some other hard drive utility,
physical hard drives can be 'split' into multiple partitions. Each
partition appears to the operating system to be a separate drive 'volume'
and appears on the Mac Desktop as such. As a rule, partitioning a drive
means the drive must be formatted. That means that everything on it gets

Remember that Control Panels are little applications, and even though
they LOOK like a Dialog Box, they often have THEIR OWN MENUS. And in
those menus you can sometimes do stuff that you can't do from the
'Control Panel' interface. For example, you should be using the Software
Update Control Panel to GET CURRENT (Covered way back in U&O #3). Startup
the Software Update Control Panel [Apple Menu/Contol Panels/Software
Update]. Then go to the 'Update' menu and select 'Display Log'. You'll
see a list of all the software updates you've received, their versions,
the dates they were received, and if they were 'successful'. :-)

The folks at TidBITS just celbrated their 600th issue (and I'm one of
their longest continuous subscribers). If you haven't checked out this
great Internet-oriented Mac email publication, you really ought to have a
look at their website. Adam Engst and his staff produce a thoughtful,
informative, and well-written magazine. One of the gems of the Mac world.


Special Bonus Keyboard Commands
[Command] + Z - This is UNDO in almost every application. And in some
applications, it will Undo an Undo, making it a REDO.

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All contents copyright 2000-2008 by Christopher Plummer, ZebraTale LLC, except where noted. Accuracy of articles is UNPREDICTABLE and not guaranteed. Unpredictable was published from 2001 to 2008. Although updated occasionally, this is a historical archive - expect dead links. Caveat lector.
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