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MailBITS/06-Apr-92

To quote from the excellent movie "Spinal Tap," "it's a fine line between clever and stupid." I may have fallen off that fine line in writing TidBITS-114, because despite a few clues and hints, the fact that it was indeed our annual April Fools issue appears to have gone generally unnoticed. Almost everything in that issue was false - though often entirely possible and even intensely desirable - with the exception of the IBM marketing move (which was strange enough to be an April Fools joke), and the Dolch projection panel (which I used to make the last article more believable). Sorry folks, if I threw you for a loop.

Oops -- [Open cultural mouth, insert foot. R.P. Aditya writes to set me straight on my analogies in TidBITS-113. Thanks for the correction, I really do appreciate it. -Adam]

You talk about not using baseball analogies for fear of confusing your readers in the latest TidBITS, but you do use another analogy that seems appropriate but is in fact erroneous:

You wrote:

"And lest I confuse my imagery even more, a third hand of Apple Shiva (the many-handed Hindi god of reproduction and destruction, not the people who make the NetModem :-))"

First, it is "Hindu" god not "Hindi" god; Hindi is the language and Hinduism is the religion. Second, Siva is not the many-handed god, but rather the many-handed god is Siva. To put that more correctly, the many-handed god is an incarnation of Siva most commonly called Nataraja. I think the spirit of your analogy is respectable, but your explanatory note is confused. Sorry for being so picky, but when you come across so many people making the Hindi/Hindu mistake, one starts to get pedantic.

This certainly does not detract from your admirable and commendable newsletter. Thank you for this wonderful service.

Information from:
R.P. Aditya -- adram@ocf.berkeley.edu

DiskExpress II/SuperLaserSpool Conflict -- Jonathan Feinstein of Shrink2Fit Software has contacted us again to report an oddity that users of DiskExpress II and SuperLaserSpool 3.0 may face.

DiskExpress II, a disk optimization system extension (actually, it's a control panel) from ALSoft puts up a dialog box the first time it runs on your computer during the startup process. Basically, the dialog says, "Please read the manual! Have you read it yet?" and asks the user to acknowledge before it continues. When SuperLaserSpool 3.0, the newly-updated print spooler from Fifth Generation Systems, is loaded, though, DiskExpress II flashes this dialog on the screen and makes it go away unanswered. As a result, DiskExpress II does not load.

Since this dialog box only comes up the first time you start up your Mac after installing DiskExpress II, you can avoid the problem entirely by removing SuperLaserSpool temporarily, restarting the computer, acknowledging DiskExpress II's dialog box, then reinstalling SuperLaserSpool and restarting again. It's likely that this problem won't occur if you've rearranged your extension loading sequence so SuperLaserSpool loads after DiskExpress II, but since it will be an issue only once, temporarily removing SuperLaserSpool is a simpler approach.