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Executive Contact List What you are looking at is the December 2006 edition of the
DoubleClick monthly newsletter from the Macintosh Users
Please feel free to contact any of the following individu-
als if you have comments or questions relating to Ma-
East, (MaUsE), a motley collection of mostly harmless cranks The next meeting
who reside in Southern Ontario with their motley collection
cintosh Users East. of old and new Macintosh computers. Until recently this will be held at the
newsletter was created by me, Michael Shaw, DoubleClick
President and Grand Wazoo: Michael Shaw
Editor, on my Sonnet-powered personal antique PCI Macs.
I used mostly PPC 9600/800, a stock Daystar Genesis MP
new Whitby Public
Vice President & Resident Mac Genius
800+ Macintosh clone, and a Sonnet-powered G4 Daystar
Genesis MP 800+ Macintosh clone.
Library in Whitby,
Aaron Vegh: Email firstname.lastname@example.org This issue, however, was created on a OWC Mercury Ex-
treme powered 1.4 GHz G4 Power Macintosh AGP Graphics
Ontario, at 7:00 on
tower, (with our thanks to OWC), and a 1 GHz G4 iBook.
MaUsE DoubleClick Newsletter Editor
Michael Shaw: email@example.com
A Kodak DX7590 is used for all pictures. Everything not Jan. 24, 2007
speciﬁcally attributed to someone else can be blamed on me.
Apple Ambassador Hm: (905) 983-9205 Orono
Back issues can be downloaded from the <www.mause.ca> !!!!!!!!
website for a laugh.
Bruce Cameron Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions from MaUsE Club members are always wel-
Treasurer and Grammarian: Hm: 905-404-0405 come. Send them to me at <email@example.com> if there Henry Street
John Kettle Email : firstname.lastname@example.org are ﬁles or pictures attached. I have never refused a submis-
sion yet. There is always room for another piece on ANY
Publicity Director and Jolly Good Fellow Mac-related topic and Iʼll make room if there isnʼt. I would
like your submissions. But I wonʼt beg. Apple, Macintosh, Public
and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., Library
registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Logistics and Morale Ofﬁcer: Chris Greaves
The MaUsE (Macintosh Users East) is an independent Mac
Dundas Street West
user group and has not been authorized, sponsored, or other-
Secretary Email: Stan Wild wise approved of by Apple Computer, Inc. Its very much like
Halston.Wild@gmail.com they don’t even know we exist. Shhhh. Free Parking
Nebulous Executives at Large: Bank
Marcel Dufresne and Guy Lafontaine Notice
The MaUsE Meeting in January will be held on
the 24th at 7:00 P.M. in Whitby, Ontario, at the
Macintosh Users East [MaUsE]
New Whitby Public Library on the corner of
208 Winona Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 3H5
Henry Street and Dundas Street (Highway #2). Center Street
MaUsE Message Line: 905-433-0777
Henry Street is four streets west of the four
corners in Whitby and FREE parking is available
www.mause.ca after 6:00 P.M. just south of the nearby Scotia
Bank. Be there or be square.
Micromat Drive 10
For this article I will tell you a little about Drive 10. You’ve likely never seen this one. Drive 10 was an
early OSX-compatible utility from Micromat. It shipped on a CD with Mac OSX 10.2.2 and since Apple
computers generally do not recognise operating systems released prior to their manufacture, not very
many of the newer post-Jaguar Apple computers can use it. Trying it in a new Mac will get you the warn-
ing at right. There are no updates beyond version 1.1.5 because Micromat no longer supports Drive 10.
Micromat brought Drive 10 to market in 2003 because their prime utility, TechTool Pro 3, was designed
to work with pre-OSX Mac operating systems and hardware and their new OSX professional disk repair
utility version, or TechTool Pro 4, was not yet ready for release. Drive 10 felt light-weight compared to
previous versions of TechTool Pro. What was really nice about Drive 10 was the animated interface. The
application window was very much in tune with the extreme OSX graphics. Drive 10 lined up a series
of colourful icons in the application window representing the tests it would run and then as the program
ran they proceeded from right to left across the window gliding smoothly into and through a magnify-
ing glass that would highlight the icon representing each test in turn while it was running. The program
would generate a report when the tests were complete.
Drive 10 offered a wide range of ﬁfteen distinct
tests to run on your disks. These tests included:
• Unit Ready: Ascertains the drive’s ability to
• Supply Voltage: Checks the power supply
voltage level that powers your drive!
• Self-Diagnostic: Runs manufacturer’s self-
test on the drive.
• Rezero Unit: Determines the drive’s abil-
ity to resynchronize and rezero the read/write
• Format Check: Establishes whether the drive
was properly formatted during initial setup.
• Spare Sectors: Checks the service tracks to
isolate whether there are enough spare blocks
for block repairs.
• Surface Scan: Checks entire media surface
for defects that could cause read or write er-
rors. Blocks are repaired by remapping.
• Random Read: Used in conjunction with the
Random Write test, reads data from a random
• Random Write: Used in conjunction with the Random Read test, writes data
from a random memory location.
• Seek: This test checks the ability of the initiator to position the device heads
in preparation for access to a particular logical block.
• Linear Read: Used in conjunction with the Linear Write test, reads a linear
set of blocks from the drive.
• Linear Write: Used in conjunction with the Linear Read test, writes a linear
set of blocks to the drive.
• Read Buffer: This test is used in conjunction with the WRITE BUFFER
command as a diagnostic function for testing the drive’s buffer cache and bus
• Write Buffer: This test is used in conjunction with the READ BUFFER com-
mand as a diagnostic function for testing the drive’s buffer cache and bus
• Volume Structure: Tests and repairs critical volume structure elements like
Volume Header, Extents File, Catalog File, Attributes, etc.
Several features were less
obvious. From the Ser-
vices menu it was pos-
sible to rebuild volume
structures and defrag-
ment your drives. Despite
the warning that Drive 10
had not been tested with
Tiger and might not work
under OSX 10.4.8 I ran it on my iBook. I took the precaution of using an ex-
ternal Iomega Zip 100 disk as the drive to examine and defrag. The program
appeared to work perfectly and the drive still worked when Drive 10 was
ﬁnished. However, I visited another Mac user recently who had defragged a
hard drive in his Tiger-equipped eMac with Drive 10 and rendered the drive
invisible and inaccessible.
If you’ve been paying attention you
will see that TechTool Deluxe uses a
familiar looking window. Looks like
Drive 10, don’t it though. Actually
its TechTool Deluxe, the AppleCare
diagnostic and repair utility created
speciﬁcally by Micromat for Apple-
Care. I received a copy of this pro-
gram on bootable CD when I bought
AppleCare for my G4 iBook.
TechTool Deluxe was never a com-
mercial public release as such: it is
available ONLY by purchasing an
AppleCare Protection Plan for a
Macintosh computer but I have seen
OLDER copies of the bootable OSX
10.3 TechTool Deluxe CD sell on
eBay for as little as $1.99.
TechTool Deluxe offers these fea-
• Repairs Directories by Rebuilding TechTool Deluxe is based on Micromat’s pow- of the problems it ﬁnds. The critical thing to know
• Volume Repair Preview Report erful TechTool Pro diagnostic and repair utility. about TechTool Deluxe is that it was issued by Ap-
• Bad Block Detection on Drives TechTool Deluxe checks the major computer com- ple Computers to be used with a speciﬁc computer
• Checks the Drive Mechanism ponents covered under the AppleCare Protection running a speciﬁc operating system. You can’t just
• Checks USB Functionality Plan. throw any bootable
• Checks Memory copy of TechTool
• Checks Video RAM Even more important than being merely a diagnos- Deluxe into any
• Checks CPU tic program that tells you what is wrong with your Mac and get perfect
Macintosh, TechTool Deluxe can also repair many results. In fact, you
might get a very big headache. Check
the OSX version on your bootable disk
before you use it. If you want to use
TechTool Deluxe on any Mac running
Tiger make sure that you go online to
the Apple website ﬁrst to check that your AppleCare has not ex-
pired. A valid AppleCare entitles you to a fresh download that will
Make sure that your copy of TechTool Deluxe is compatible with
To see if you qualify
There was a need for a new updated Tiger-compatible version
to get a FREE
of the software to be included with AppleCare and Micromat re-
sponded with two new versions: one for PowerPC Macs running
download that you
Tiger and another for Intel Macs running Tiger. When I went to
Apple support and checked my own iBook serial number I found
can burn into the
that I could download a free bootable Micromat utility CD image
of TechTool Deluxe 3.1.1 right from the Apple Support website.
I downloaded the ﬁle and followed the instructions on the down-
load page and soon had a new CD with the updated software.
patible version of
I compared the old and the new
versions of the TechTool Deluxe application and found that the new TechTool
Deluxe CD has maintained the same easy to use interface and all of the same
go to: https://sup-
tools as the older version. Of course, the new utilities have been re-written to
make them work properly with OSX 10.4 Tiger. Another difference is that the
OS on the utility CD disk image has been updated to Mac OSX 10.4.4. techtooldeluxe/
To see if you can get a FREE download that you can burn into the latest Tiger-compatible version of Tech- main?id=dl
Tool Deluxe go to: https://support.apple.com/techtooldeluxe/main?id=dl
Micromat The program multitasks for optimum speed and performance.
An innovative feature unique to TechTool Pro 4 is the eDrive.
TechTool Pro 4.5.1 The program lets you create an emergency startup partition
that includes TechTool Pro 4 on one of your hard drives. It
As you may have noticed, the past few issues of the DoubleClick does this without the need to reinitialize your hard drive.
have been featuring many of the brightest and best disk repair Once you have an eDrive (which can be easily updated), you
utilities for Mac OSX. I have featured Drive Genius, Picture Res- no longer need to use the program CD for testing or mainte-
cue and Data Rescue II software from Prosoft, and DiskWarrior nance.
from Alsoft, and in this issue, Drive 10, TechTool Deluxe and
TechTool Protege from Micromat. No product comes close to TechTool Pro 4 for ensuring that
all of your hardware and software is operating at peak perfor-
Of course I have saved the best for the last. I will demonstrate mance. No other utility gives you the peace of mind that comes
TechTool Pro 4.5 and DiskWarrior 3 at our January 2007 MaUsE from knowing that your valuable data is protected by the lat-
Meeting. est technology. With a single mouse click, TechTool Pro 4.5
can automatically run a series of sophisticated tests that will
TechTool Pro 4.5.1 is a complete Macintosh repair shop in a box. troubleshoot almost any problem you are having with your
When Norton’s Utilities for Macintosh disappeared a lot of Mac users looked Macintosh. This really is the professional disk repair program for Macs.
to Micromat to ﬁll in the void Norton left and an OSX-savvy TechTool Pro
4.5 is deﬁnitely it. This is the most complete (and expensive) replacement for Use TechTool Pro 4 to:
Nortons Utilities and if you only have one disk repair utility for your Mac this • Check critical computer hardware
is deﬁnitely it. With TechTool Pro you can repair your drives and ﬁles, recover • Repair hard drive problems
data, erase drives, defragment ﬁles and secure your system. And lots more, • Monitor computers in the background for impending problems
too. This program isn’t anything remotely like TechTool Deluxe. If you have • Obtain a detailed summary of hard drive S.M.A.R.T. parameters
ever experienced a system bomb, freeze, crash, or indecipherable error code, • Defragment hard drives
TechTool Pro 4 can help you get your computer running smoothly again. • Optimize volume directories
• Back up critical directory data
One surprising requirement for the new TechTool Pro is that you must have a • Recover data from damaged drives
DVD drive in order to use it, either built-in or a FireWire external. When you • Create an eDrive repair partition to work on a computer’s startup volume
insert the TechTool Disk it shows up on the Desktop as two bootable DVDs, • Securely delete important data from hard drives
one with version 4.5 for Intel Macs and one with version 4.5 for PowerPC
Macs running Tiger. If you check out the other featured on the TechTool Pro TechTool Pro includes options to thoroughly check various hardware compo-
DVD you will ﬁnd a folder with a disk image in it that will enable you to cre- nents, drives and other aspects of your computer system. One of the most im-
ate a bootable TechTool Pro 4.1 CD with Mac OS 10.3 on it for earlier Macs. portant tests is the S.M.A.R.T. test, which checks for impending drive failure.
The application has ﬁve sets of utilities, each run from its own window.
You don’t need to be an expert technician to run TechTool Pro 4. The inter-
face allows you to easily perform a comprehensive suite of tests unattended, When the program launches it initially provides the user with several “Suites”
so even novices can run the program with just one click of the mouse. At the of hardware diagnostic routines from basic to advanced. The second offering
conclusion of testing a detailed report is generated. This report summarizes is a set of “Tests” of the various hardware components, drives, volumes and
what was done, alerts you of any problems that were found, and instructs you ﬁles in your computer. The third offering is for “Performance” and features
how to proceed in that case. directory maintenance and defragging, or optimization. The fourth set of
utilities is called Tools and they include things like data recovery and drive or
volume erasure, eDrive creation, and a few other activities. The eDrive tool
creates a bootable partition on your hard drive with TechTool Pro installed
on it so you don’t need to reboot off the DVD. The Data Recovery tool helps
salvage data from a damaged drive. The Wipe Data tool scrubs a drive clean
so no data can be recovered from it. These are unique features that you might
purchase another program to do but they are just a small part of TechTool Pro.
The ﬁfth offering is called Safety and contains setup preferences and routines
for on-going testing, protection and reporting for your directories, data and
TechTool Pro 4.5 is the best utility of its kind and I am very pleased to be
able to offer a copy as the grand prize in our November Rafﬂe. There will be
a TechTool Pro 4.5 demonstration at the January 24th 2007 MaUsE Meeting.
Before I forget, I must offer thanks on be-
half of the entire MaUsE membership to
Amy Woods and the generous people at
Micromat for providing us with a copy of
the latest version of TechTool Pro 4.5.1 on
DVD to be used as the Grand Prize at our
November 22nd MaUsE rafﬂe.
TechTool Protege through select dealers and resellers worldwide or
directly from Micromat, Inc. The retail price for
In the best of all possible worlds I would have one TechTool Protege is $229.00 US. DiskStudio is
of these. Micromat, famous for their award-win- $49.00 US. Current owners of TechTool Protege
ning TechTool Pro 4 application for Macintosh may purchase the TechTool Protege CD Update
computers (elsewhere in this issue) has come up from Micromat for $25.00. Current owners of
with a real winner. TechTool Protege really is a DiskStudio may purchase a DVD upgrade for the
pocket-sized toolbox for the Macintosh profes- same price.
sional. This tiny FireWire-based device contains 1
gigabyte of memory and comes complete with the Micromat TechTool Pro 4.5 is a terriﬁc suite of
latest version of Mac OS X, the latest version of utilities, the logical choice for Mac maintenance
TechTool Pro and the latest version of Micromat’s ever since Nortons Utilities for Macintosh dis-
drive utility DiskStudio. And there’s still room left appeared. TechTool Protege is a brilliant little
over for your other utilities as well. FireWire device from a company with a solid rep-
DiskStudio allows a user to change the partitioning utation for producing some of the very best Mac
That means the next time you need to work on of a hard drive on the ﬂy. Reinitializing the drive is utilities ever.
a Macintosh away from home, you can plug in not required. In addition to Universal Binary sup-
TechTool Protege, boot very quickly and get right port, the updated version of DiskStudio adds sup-
to work. No messing around with CDs, portable port for the new GUID partitioning scheme for Intel
drives, installers and the myriad of other items Macs and also support for the Master Boot Record
you’d usually haul around with you if you went partitioning scheme for DOS. It now includes the
visiting a sick Mac. Being FireWire instead of USB ability to identify NTFS volumes as well.
means that its bootable. Its tiny size makes it easy
to carry at all times so that a user or technician can DiskStudio is able to:
test and repair Macintosh computers whenever the • Add new partitions to a hard disk without the
need should arise. TechTool Protege is able to: need to reformat.
• Diagnose Macintosh hardware • Delete partitions previously created by DiskStu-
• Diagnose and repair hard drive problems dio or Apple’s Disk Utility.
• Optimize and defragment hard drive volumes • Erase and reformat existing partitions in a num-
• Rebuild volume directories ber of standard formats.
• Recover data from damaged volumes • Completely erase and repartition an entire hard
• Repartition hard drives without losing data disk.
• And perform other diagnostic functions
DiskStudio ships on media capable of booting both
To provide Intel support for TechTool Protege, Mi- PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. Since the system
cromat designed a new utility called Protege Man- components needed to boot both platforms are too
ager. This utility allows the user to easily set up large to ﬁt on a CD, the program will ship on a
the TechTool Protege ﬂash drive for use on either DVD. The DVD will automatically boot the cor-
a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac as desired. Protege rect system version needed for the host computer.
Manager will ship on a CD. TechTool Protege and DiskStudio can be ordered
Crossword Forge article. Once words and clues are chosen, push the
“make puzzle” button and a choice of crossword
Make your own interactive web puzzles. Cross-
word Forge can now turn your crossword puzzles
Submitted by Marcel Dufresne or word search is given. Once a crossword is cho- into interactive web pages. This is called Cross-
Crossword Forge is an easy to use crossword and sen you can create another version of the same by word Forge Live. The puzzles are intuitive to use
word search puzzle maker. The question of course pushing the create button again. You can quickly and include eye-catching animations. Crossword
is why anyone other than a school teacher would make a different puzzle for each child. You can Forge Live puzzles include the same customiza-
want to use this type of program. I would point out also change the level of difﬁculty for a puzzle. tion options. You can also add automatic hints.
that we all should be involved in our children’s and To make it easier, you can choose to show a list of
grandchildren’s education. There are very few stu- possible crossword puzzle answers and to make it As a teacher, if you are worried about hav-
dents who do not enjoy doing crosswords or word harder, you can change the word search options to ing to retype puzzles you’ve created using other
searches. It is a great way to review knowledge include diagonal words or reversed words in the puzzle editors, stop worrying. Crossword Forge
and to practice spelling, both of which are essen- puzzle, or make it so that hidden words must be can import from many different text formats. It
tial to a keen mind. It can also add a degree of fun guessed from clues. In the “Advanced” tab you can can also export puzzles to the Web, PDF, Images,
to newsletters and such. The January Double Click change the dimensions of the puzzle. By chang- or text. You can do more than just print your puz-
will have a crossword in it. The ﬁrst club mem- ing the puzzle size you can determine how tightly zles. Remember to check out the January Double
ber to email the correct solution will win a copy of packed the words are. Click and ﬁnd the crossword included in that issue
Crossword Forge. I believe that the January news- (not this one). The ﬁrst to reply to Michael Shaw
letter will be read much earlier than normal with It always displays a preview of the current puz- at email@example.com will win this impressive
this incentive. You could very well ﬁnd a use in zle. You can add titles and subtitles with any font program.
your home or work life. or colour you choose. In
addition to paper out-
Crossword Forge is a snap to use. It has been put, puzzles can be ex-
around for a number of years. I had previously only ported as pictures and
used it in the demo mode. I made up a crossword PDF, for use on the web
for my family to try. But the demo mode did not let or in print publications.
me to print out a usable copy. It printed the puzzle It has a built-in English
answer key, and the crossword puzzle squares had spell checker. Crossword
the answers in them. You can of course remove Forge’s unique strength
these limitations by purchasing Crossword Forge lies in its ability to make
for $48.95 American. You can obtain a copy of puzzles for any of the
it from www.solrobots.com/crosswordforge/. A world’s languages. It is
more in depth description of what it can do is also compatible with Mac OS
found here. X 10.1 and higher. This
means you have access to
When you start up the program the puzzle editor all of Mac OS X’s built-
screen shows up. From here you add your words in dictionaries, including
and clues. You are able to quickly put together a English, Spanish, French,
usable game. A font editor is included to spice up German, Italian, Dutch,
the area. Also you can choose a background pic- Portuguese, and Swed-
ture. Check out the sample I am including with this ish.
November Rafﬂe was a HUGE Success
I was talking with Marcel a few weeks ago and he suggested to me that in his
opinion one of the main attractions of our monthly meetings is the MaUsE Rafﬂe.
Since I had assumed that MaUsE members came out purely for my presentations
this came as quite a shock. The November 2006 MaUsE rafﬂe was another in a
long line of successful events. The prizes were:
• Micromat TechTool Pro 4.5.1 DVD • Micromat TechTool Deluxe CD
• DEVONtechnologies DEVONthink Pro • iShowU Screen Capture
• AKVIS Sketch for Photoshop • AKVIS Noise Buster for Photoshop
• DEVONtechnologies DEVONagent
• Prosoft Drive Genius (on two CDs)
• Lemke Software GraphicConverter
• Jiiva SuperScrubber on 3 CDs
The agenda of the January 24,
• Coriolis iDefrag Utility • Computrace LoJack for Laptops • PopCopy2 CD
• Coriolis iPartition Utility • AKVIS Chameleon for Photoshop
2007 MaUsE Meeting at the
• TubeSock for YouTube • ScriptSoftware iClock • SuperDuper ! Whitby Library will begin one
In all there was over $500.00 worth of software up for grabs in this MaUsE rafﬂe.
These were not “door prizes.” MaUsE policy is that MaUsE Rafﬂe tickets are
half hour earlier than usual, at
only handed out to the paid-up members who physically attend the meeting. Our
meetings are open to the public but the MaUsE Rafﬂe is a “Members Only” event
7:00 instead of at 7:30 P.M.
and constitutes just one of the many privileges of belonging to the most excellent
Macintosh Users Group, possibly the best of all possible Mac User Groups.
We will have a full agenda,
Also, we went back to the way we used to do MaUsE rafﬂes. I brieﬂy described
including more scathingly
the items being rafﬂed and then each ticket drawn won the ticket holder his choice
from among all prizes in order of drawing. The ﬁrst ticket drawn has ﬁrst pick and
brilliant presentations, another
all subsequent tickets have a shot at the remaining prizes until all prizes have been
taken. I hope that this method increases the chances that people will win software
MaUsE rafﬂe, and lots more !
they will actually use.
If you MaUsE members get to your computers and email me with your requests
for software we will have even more products from other Macintosh software
makers for the January 2007 MaUsE Rafﬂe. For those of you who didn’t win
anything at the October and November MaUsE rafﬂes there will be another rafﬂe
and more chances to win in January 2007.
It was my pleasure at the November 22nd members meeting to introduce Now it is up to you to do your part in ensuring that we continue to have
the elected MaUsE Executive for the coming year to the members pres- the best possible Mac club with the best possible programs.
ent at the meeting. The directors are: Be a MaUsE regular attendee. Come out to our monthly meetings and
MICHAEL SHAW — President and continuing Editor of MaUsE talk with the members of the executive to let them know what you like
DoubleClick, the ﬁnest Mac newsletter in Canada. and have liked at the meetings. Equally important, let them know what
AARON VEGH — Vice-President and Program Director. (Also our you would like to see included in the programs of future meetings.
resident Mac genius. If you would like to know the latest information on Be a MaUsE Ambassador: let your Mac friends know what a ﬁne club
what is happening in the Mac world, chances are that Aaron will have we have and bring them to some meetings so that they, too, can enjoy
that knowledge and be ready to share it with you.) our fellowship, and, we trust, in time become club members.
JOHN KETTLE — Treasurer and Membership Chairman — Dean of If you have suggestions on how to make our club even better, and would
the executive committee and keeper of the club’s purse and membership like the executive committee to give your suggestions full consideration,
records. you can easily contact any or all of the club’s directors and share your
CHRIS GREAVES — Our good will ambassador from Fenelon Falls, thoughts with them: contact information for each member of the execu-
always present to welcome members to our meetings with his trademark tive is given on page two of every issue of the MaUsE DoubleClick.
cheery grin. So here we are, just about at the start of a new year. Let’s all work
GUY LAFONTAINE — Very knowledgeable on all things Mac and together to make it a very good one for our club.
one of the club’s key resource people on Photoshop and Appleworks.
MARCEL DEFRESNE — Who loves to source out all sorts of useful, --
but lesser known, software programmes and bring them to our meetings Stan Wild
and delight us with them. MaUsE Secretary
and me, STAN WILD, the club’s scribe or Secretary. Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Our good friend, Past President BRUCE CAMERON, will continue firstname.lastname@example.org
to grace the executive meetings as an ex-ofﬁcio member and the club’s
Deﬁnitely one of the best meetings ever. John
Kettle announced that MaUsE membership is on
the rise. And we are solvent. Our Stan spoke of
the new 2007 MaUsE Executive and named the
names. The big surprise there is that we have a new
MaUsE President. Stan will make an ofﬁcial an-
nouncement elsewhere in this issue. All other posi-
tions will be ﬁlled by the same people who already
held the posts.
Aaron talked about back-up strategies and Shirt
Pocket Software’s shareware back-up program
SuperDuper !. I spoke about the conditions gov-
erning the rafﬂe and brieﬂy described the items so
that members could have a better idea of what to
choose when their number was called, and brieﬂy
described SuperScrubber 2.0, security software for
erasing hard drives. Marcel brought his new iMac
in to demonstrate iClock. Hugh talked about the
website he uses, and Aaron talked about open
source software. I ran over into Marcel’s time (mea
culpa) and so Marcel ran over into Hugh’s time
and so Hugh ran over into break, and Aaron got
squeezed between break and the rafﬂe, which ran
over as well. Maybe in January, when meetings are
a little longer, we can get more done with more
time to do it in.
On behalf of the entire MaUsE Executive I would
like to wish you all a safe holiday with no nasty
surprises and I hope to see you all back here at the
MaUsE in January 2007. The January meeting will
be held January 24th (the anniversary of the Ma-
cintosh) and will start at 7:00 P.M., a half-hour
earlier than usual.
Jiiva SuperScrubber v2.0 Special thanks to Natasha Ericksen at Jiiva software for sending
At the October MaUsE meeting I demonstrated what can happen if you sell a a SuperScrubber Value Pack for our November MaUsE Rafﬂe.
computer hard drive or Zip disk to someone who has access to Data Rescue II. This software is available as three separate packages for G3, or
All of those ﬁles you so carefully deleted from the drive are still on it and can G4 or G5 computers. The Value Pack contains a printed manual
be rescued in their entirety by an unscrupulous or curious person with good and all three packages on three bootable CDs.
data recovery software. For those of you who missed my presentation on Super-
Scrubber 2.0 at the November MaUsE meeting, in this issue I’ll tell you what
you can do to erase your data safely and completely by using SuperScrubber.
SuperScrubber is a disk utility that serves to completely and permanently erase
all data from a speciﬁed internal or external hard drive or partition, leaving
no retrievable trace of the old data. Using SuperScrubber allows you to give
away or sell your old computer without any worries, knowing that it no longer
contains personal or conﬁdential data. Not only is that a good feeling, it’s also
To REALLY erase ﬁles, you need SuperScrubber. Reformatting your hard drive,
dragging them to the trash or deleting them isn’t enough protection. Those ﬁles
can still be retrieved with sophisticated data recovery tools. As ﬁles are deleted
or dragged to the trash and then emptied, new data will eventually be written
over the space the ﬁles previously occupied on your hard drive. The old ﬁles are
not completely erased however, and leave magnetic footprints called “shadow
data.” SuperScrubber understands the phenomenon of Shadow Data and writes
data multiple times over your hard drive to ensure all previous information can
never be recovered. SuperScrubber conforms to the Department of Defense
standard for disk sanitization when selecting the built-in Military Scrub con-
ﬁguration. And if you’re even more paranoid than that, there are additional
customizable levels of security, too.
I tried out this Jiiva SuperScrubber software on an empty Zip disk like the one
that I used to show Prosoft Data Rescue II. It was surprisingly easy to use. I
launched the program and selected the Zip disk in the “Choose a disk to scrub”
window. The Next button took me to a window where I had to select the level
of security from a list of seven different programs used by the US Department
of Defense, the US Navy ISMC specs, the Russian and the German government
speciﬁcations and three more. They are all explained in the printed manual that
comes with the software. I chose the fastest of the seven methods. I’m glad I
did. Even with such a small drive (100 Megs) it took about ten minutes to erase
the drive three times and verify it.
Drive erasure is pretty serious business so the software asked me
more than once to verify that I had the right drive selected, knew
my administrators password, and really, really was sure that I
wanted to erase the disk.
The US Department of Defence scrubbing I chose required
only three scrub passes through the drive and then veriﬁcation.
A scrub writes data to every byte of a disk. A 30-gig drive con-
tains 30,000,000,000 bytes. Multiply this by the number of passes
and you see why secure erasing takes time. Scrubbing a 30-gig
drive using the Dept. of Defence conﬁguration may take over four
hours. Your performance may vary with drive speed and your
hardware setup. The other erasure choices require 6, 7, 10 or 35
passes through the drive to complete. In the SuperScrubber prefer-
ences you can have the program let you know when it is done with
the procedure and initialise the drive after erasure.
You can run the SuperScrubber program right off the CD or in-
stall it on your computer’s boot drive in order to erase removable
drives or drives other than the boot disk but if you want to erase
all of your drives and partitions, or if you only have one drive in-
stalled then you can boot off the SuperScrubber CD, all versions,
and use it to erase all of your drives.
I checked the little Zip drive after I scrubbed it and it was empty,
empty, empty. The best data recovery software available could not
ﬁnd a single ﬁle fragment anywhere on the disk. SuperScrubber
really works. Visit < www.jiiva.com > for more information and
testimonials about this program.
Jim would be so proud of me. He used to laugh at me every time the
GraphicConverter shareware window would open with the 30-second
countdown and the “You have been using GraphicConverter for 1,474
days...” message would appear. And I have been using it, too. More
than any other image conversion software including the expensive
Adobe stuff. You may not realise it but every one of my presentations
at the MaUsE meetings is a slide show in GraphicConverter. We may
lose the internet connection during a presentation and the demo gods
are not always cooperative but GraphicConverter never fails me.
GraphicConverter in one version or another has
been around for so long that it has one of the most
recognisable icons in Macintosh computing. It
gets updated regularly and has evolved into one of
the most powerful and useful shareware successes
ever. Download a copy of GraphicConverter and
install it by simply dragging the application to your
Applications folder. The name implies that Graph-
icConverter can convert images from one format
to another but the program can do a lot more. It
can import a staggering 96 different image formats
and it can convert them and save them in 38 differ-
ent formats. It has unparalleled image format con-
version capabilities. It has every format you can
imagine and 60-70 more. It’s fast and reliable and
gets the job done.
When you open a picture using GraphicConverter you get the toolbox beside
your image and an information window under it. At a ﬁrst glance over the look
of the program, it resembles Paint, with ﬁlled and non-ﬁlled square, rectangle
and circle buttons in its tool bar. In terms of image manipulation, it does offer a
clone and stamp tool which function similar to those found in Photoshop, but obviously less impressive. But then you
start to click on buttons, explore the options, preferences and plug-ins and open the menus and GraphicConverter starts
to get more impressive. The Picture, Filter, and Effect, menus especially open a world of image manipulation tools and
information that exceeds everything except the programs for professionals. For desktop publishers like me Graphic-
Converter is the best and cheapest software available. I am delighted that Lemke Software has sent us a copy to be used
as a rafﬂe prize. A lot of the software we get is of limited appeal to a lot of our membership but GraphicConverter will
be used by some lucky winner no matter what level of image manipulation he or she does.
GraphicConverter is simply the best im-
age conversion tool I have ever used. It
puts everything else to shame in this re-
spect. Sure it’s not Photoshop, or Corel,
or PaintShop, but then again it was never
meant to be. This is a Graphic Converter
and by name and by nature. It’s share-
ware, but if you need this sort of tool, the
30$ are more than well spent. It takes get-
ting used to and even after a few weeks
you are still discovering options you
did not see before, but it’s the best I’ve
seen at what it does. For example, when
you delve deeply into the GraphicCon-
verter Preferences you ﬁnd that there are
six categories of preferences: General,
Open, Save, SlideShow, Convert, and
Browser. I have shown the Preferences
window opened at the Plugins prefer-
ences window found in the General
category. I just counted them and found
that in all there are sixty different preferences
windows listed under the six categories. That
should give you an idea of what this program
has evolved into since we ﬁrst encountered it.
Installation consists of downloading and open-
ing the GraphicConverter archive from the internet and dragging the GraphicConverter
application to your OSX Applications folder. Thats it. When it opens you will be in-
structed how to pay for it. If you don’t pay the program still works but there is a pro-
gressive delay when it opens and a screen asking you to send in your payment. Once
you’ve used it for a while you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Graphic-
Converter is the very best of the shareware.
Special Thanks to Thorsten Lemke who sent our MaUsE Club a complete Lemke
Software package on CD to be used as a rafﬂe prize at our November MaUsE Raf-
ﬂe. The package contained a copy of GraphicConverter with registration and trial
versions of FontBook, SnapsCleaner, CADintosh, and Elbsand Publishers.
Card Into G4 iBook
Wireless internet access is something I’ve never
had and never missed. All of the computers I use
on the internet are connected to my DSL router and
share an ethernet network with our LaserWriter Pro
630. On the few occasions when I have travelled
with an Apple notebook computer, my G4 iBook,
the hotels have provided wired service right in the • Set up a computer to share its Internet connection 8. Release the keyboard by pulling down on the
room. Wireless modems always have a few RJ45 with computers using AirPort. keyboard release tabs (located to the left of the F1
ports on the back that accept ethernet cables. But • Set up an AirPort network using an Apple AirPort, and F12 keys) , then lift the top portion of the key-
now I have a need to outﬁt the iBook for wireless AirPort Extreme Base Station, or Airport Express. board up slightly, and toward the display.
internet access. My eldest daughter has plans to nip The Apple AirPort base stations are available from 9. Flip the keyboard over and lay it on the palm
off to Japan in the near future and will need to do your Apple- authorized dealer or the Apple Store at rest.
emails and everything else in cyber cafes and other store.apple.com. 10. Touch a metal surface on the inside of the com-
places where wireless internet connection will be puter to discharge any static electricity. It is always
required. INSTALLATION: a good idea to make sure you are sitting down when
1. Place your computer on a clean, ﬂat surface. you start a job like this and have everything you
I went on the internet and found that there are two 2. Shut down your computer and wait thirty min- need at hand. If you get up and walk around dur-
types of internal internet cards for Mac computers: utes before continuing. ing the process you may pick up a static charge,
AirPort and AirPort Extreme. The plain older Air- 3. Disconnect the power cord and any other cables especially if you walk on carpets and the weather
Port cards are mysteriously much more expensive connected to the computer. outside is cold and dry.
than the newer AirPort Extreme cards. Make sure 4. Gently remove the battery.
you get the right type for your computer. My G4 5. Turn over the computer.
iBook takes the newer, cheaper type, and I found 6. Raise the display so you can access the key-
one on the Low End Mac SWAP List for $35.00 board.
which included shipping from the States. 7. Make sure the keyboard locking screw, located
in the small plastic tab to the left of the Num Lock
With the AirPort Extreme Card installed in my key is unlocked.
iBook computer, I can
• Access an AirPort or other wireless network at
home, school, work, or Internet “hot spots,” and
use it to browse the Internet, send and receive
email, and more.
• Set up a Computer-to-Computer network between
two or more AirPort-equipped computers, which 11. Plug the antenna cable connector into the port
you can use to transfer ﬁles or play multiplayer on the end of the AirPort Extreme Card. The an-
games. tenna is easy to ﬁnd in the Airport cavity.
To put it all back together:
1. Flip the keyboard back toward the keyboard
opening in the case. Hold the keyboard at a 45-de-
gree angle above the keyboard opening, and insert
the tabs on the bottom edge of the keyboard into the
slot under the edge of the opening.
2. Lay the keyboard ﬂat into the keyboard open-
3. Pull down on the keyboard release tabs and then
press down on the top portion of the keyboard.
9. Open your Network System Preference to see
that the AirPort is shown as an alternative to your
other network types. Turn on your AirPort card and
enter the information suitable to your wireless net-
Thats all there is to installing an AirPort Extreme
card in a G4 iBook. It took about ﬁfteen minutes to
do it carefully and check that it showed up in Sys-
4. Let go of the keyboard release tabs to secure the
tem Proﬁler and worked. For your particular Mac
keyboard in place.
the installation procedure will be different, prob-
5. Close the display and turn the iBook over.
ably easier, and can be found on the Apple website
6. Replace the battery into the battery compart-
under the Support tab.
ment. Hold the battery ﬂush and use a coin to turn
the latch counterclockwise 1/4 turn to lock the bat-
tery into place.
7. Turn over your iBook
and open the display.
8. Reconnect the power
cord and any other cables
that were connected, and
12. Install the AirPort Extreme Card under the wire restart your computer. If all
bracket and securely into the card slot. went well your Mac will
13. Use the wire holder to secure the AirPort Ex- detect the card and alert
treme Card in place by inserting its prongs into you that it has not been
the slots in the RAM shield. Make sure the card conﬁgured.
is inserted far enough into its slot that the wire ﬁts
nicely behind it
Connecting to an OS X File Server
I was an innocent victim of the vagaries of eBay, once more. Yet again. It hap-
pened like this: I was just looking at CPU upgrades on eBay, checking the prices
after seeing what I thought was something outrageous on the LEM SWAP List,
when I noticed a Sonnet Crescendo G3 500 MHz PCI processor upgrade card
going on eBay for the ridiculously low price of $11.10 ! Outrageous !
This Sonnet card was the very best G3 upgrade for PCI Macs and retailed in
1999 for $1000.00 US. With taxes and exchange they sold here for close to
$1,400.00 Canadian. EveryMac.com estimates that they have an estimated cur-
rent price of $149.00. The performance boost these cards give PCI Macs with
a 50 MHz internal bus is truly amazing: The MacBench 4 score for a stock 200
MHz 9500 is 477 and the same machine scores 1,716 with this upgrade. Any-
way, I won the auction for $23.00 and will be using it to accelerate a 200 MHz
9500 running OS7.6.1. It is perfectly possible for an old 604e Mac like the Pow-
erPC 9500 running OS7.6.1 to connect to your current OS X machine and share
ﬁles. Follow the steps below and it should work like a charm.
First, be sure to download and install the Open Transport 1.1.2 and AppleShare
3.8.3 updates if you have earlier versions. You can ﬁnd these at < http://main.
system7today.com/updates.html.> Restart after all updates.
On your OS X computer, make sure Personal File sharing is enabled, under the “Shar-
ing” tab in OS X System Preferences. Note your computer’s IP address at the bottom, as
well as the Computer Name, toward the top.
Back on your antique System 7 machine, select Apple Menu -> Chooser. Click on Apple-
Share. If you see your OS X computer already listed there under “Select a ﬁle server:”
click on it and click OK. If not, click on “Server IP Address...”, enter the IP address you
noted from above, and click OK.
You will be presented with an authentication choice dialog. Choose “Encrypted Pass-
word” and click OK.
In the next dialog, type in your OS X log in name, and your password (if you have one)
and click OK.
A dialog will appear listing your OS X users, along with your hard drives and any other media (CDs, etc...) you may have inserted in your OS X machine.
Choose which one you want to access, and click OK. Your choice will appear on the OS7.6.1 desktop. You can now open it and access your ﬁles!
PopCopy2 - The ClipBoard Accessory
Submitted by Marcel Dufresne
You know that nasty feeling when you copy an item, then later go to paste
it only to ﬁnd that you’ve already copied something else over top of it in the
clipboard? There are many applications that allow you to enhance the clipboard
such as CopyPaste which I paid for and used extensively with my old system
8.5 MAC. I have found that the old applications are not as convenient to use in
system 10. So again I went searching using version tracker. I tried at least four
other applications until I settled on PopCopy.
PopCopy lets you access copied items you won’t even remember having
copied. It keeps a history of everything you’ve copied in the MenuBar. You can
see what you currently have copied just by looking at the MenuBar. It is an ap-
plication program so that installation is a snap. Download it and drag it into your
application folder. Double click on it and you are in business.
It works very simply. PopCopy keeps a record of all copy operations and makes
them available via the menu bar. Copy some text and paste it into a page. Copy a
URL from the web browser or a photo out of Word. It doesn’t matter what your
copy action actually worked with, PopCopy will remember it for you and makes
that clipboard content available in the menu bar for later access. Something that
makes the PopCopy menu extra useful is that it offers a visual representation of
what you copied. If it is an image, you see a tiny thumbnail of the image. If you
copied text, the ﬁrst few words show up. This option does take up a lot of menu
bar space. I have turned off this option using the preferences for it.
PopCopy works with text, ﬁles, and images. That means if there’s anything
you copy and paste often, you can skip the copy step from now on. PopCopy
saves your clipboard item when you quit PopCopy, or restart your computer, and
restores them when you launch PopCopy again. It is a Universal Binary, so it
runs ﬁne on an Intel Mac, or a PowerPC Mac.
The main, and quite possibly best, new feature in PopCopy is the incredible
new display that comes up with you press a Hotkey. You can now deﬁne your
own hotkey combination, and when you press it, you’ll see a new interface for
accessing your PopCopied items. You can see the previous and next items. There
really is no better way to choose what you want pasted. Pressing the Hotkey and
choosing the item now automatically pastes it. It’s a preference that you can turn
on or off.
Also, you now get much better previewing of items in
the PopCopy menu. If you have a ﬁle in there, you can see
its whole path. If you have a long text clipping in there, you
can see more of it.
For web designers there’s the added bonus of seeing the
image dimensions displayed with the icon. So if you add an
image to a page, you have the width and height there in a
handy record just waiting for you.
The publisher is Globoamericano. If you go to the web
site you can check out a video to see what PopCopy can do.
Download PopCopy for free. Try it out. You will be able to
use PopCopy normally, but you will be limited to a history
of the last ﬁve items. That is all I really needed. When I
used CopuPlus I never had to save more than 10 clipboard
items. But if you like it, and want to hold an inﬁnite number
of items, buy PopCopy. It’s only $14, and it’s worth every
PopCopy was one of the terriﬁc November
MaUsE Rafﬂe prizes !
Due to the fact that we feel we could
make better use of our MaUsE Meet-
ing time, we have changed the 2007
MaUsE Meetings to an earlier start-
up time: 7:00 instead of 7:30 P.M..
Be there and bring a friend.
“Sol Robots” at http://www.solrobots.com
DEVONagent variety of search engines. It then col-
lects the results, analyses them, and
cool, and it beats the pants off what you can sometimes put into making
Google offers. the right query?). But it gets better:
Submitted By Aaron Vegh presents them along with instantly-ac- you can have DA run your query on a
Most people won’t need this soft- cessible notes on each link. It also re- Another nifty feature is the keyword schedule, and notify you of the results
ware. DEVONagent is a tool for moves the dead pages and link farms. browser, which shows you a list of via email. How cool is that?
gathering information from the Web, Click on a search result, and the built- related search words related to your
and presenting it in a way that leaves in Web browser springs up immedi- query. Choose a keyword, and you’ll In all, DEVONagent offers something
out the chaff, leaving nothing but ately, showing you the content, with see a chart of its relations to others, pretty handy to the true Internaut: a
wheat. your search terms highlighted. along with a text output of pages with powerful tool for culling the Internet
that content. of its sweetest meat, leaving aside
It’s a real problem these days. As So indeed, while Google (or any other the bone and gristle. Yuck, gristle…
a total tech nerd, I frequently tool search engine) is dramatically faster at DA also offers Search Sets, which are I’ll be keeping this application in my
around the web looking for answers showing you results, with DA you’ll saved queries that you can run again Dock.
to my questions. Which manufac- probably ﬁnd what you’re after more and again (and why not, after the work
turer is making the best-regarded quickly.
mid-range digital camera? How can
you pass an arbitrary variable from Under the hood, DA
a view to a controller in Ruby on offers a whole lot of
Rails? What techniques do people power to those who
use to get to sleep at night, without wish to use it. The
resorting to pharmaceuticals? tool accepts Boolean
strings and special
Google is a ﬁne resource. But with expressions to help
its speed comes shortcomings. Phish- you narrow your
ing sites and link farms are creeping search. You can use
higher in search results, providing the a string like (“ruby
kind of meat that only artiﬁcial intel- on rails” OR RoR)
ligence has a use for. Other sites are AND toggle NEAR
just dead links, long since removed partial
from Web servers, but unknown to
Google’s gargantuan cache. And of Where the search
course, you never know whether that will ﬁnd either “ruby
page with the enticing title and two-on rails” or its com-
line description will be what you mon abbreviation,
need, until you click, wait for the along with the words
page to load, and read. “toggle” and “par-
tial”, as long as the
This is where DEVONagent comes ﬁrst word happens
in. Using its default “Internet Fast within ten words
Scan”, DA will throw your query at a of the second. Very
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