Author: Fred Cranston
Date: March, 1989
Keywords: fast copy pc tools deluxe master juggler writenow 2.0 superclock
Text: In January I mentioned the problem I had with the Fast Copy utility on the new PC Tools Deluxe for the Macintosh. Central Point Software did send me a new disk, but Fast Copy still bombed, giving me ID 02. Aha, I thought. There must be something wrong with my System (6.0.2). I read somewhere that sometimes CDevs or Inits might cause trouble so I erased everything from my System folder except System, Finder and Mouse. (What happens if you erase mouse? Without my mouse I'm lost.) Now with an almost empty System Folder, I tried Fast Copy again. No bomb! Progress. But my System Folder has about 20 items, so I had to find which one caused my problem.
To shorten my sad tale: I discovered that the Init SuperClock was the culprit. With Superclock in my System Folder, Fast Copy bombs; without SuperClock, it works. If anyone can explain this, I'll put it in a column. Doug Clapp (MACazine, March 1989, page 19) says, ''An ID = 2 error is the application programmer's fault.'' Jack Russell suggested I replace my SuperClock 2.7 with the newer version 3.0. It still bombs. In addition to the problem with SuperClock, there is also a strange problem involving the Init MasterJuggler. When both are installed, I am unable to restart by clicking on the restart button in the bomb box, but if MasterJuggler is not installed, I can restart by so clicking. In the meantime, I'm keeping both SuperClock and Master Juggler in my System Folder. MasterJuggler is too valuable a utility to give up. It lets you have as many DAs as you want and also resolves numbering conflicts between fonts. If you have lots of DAs, fonts, sounds and/or FKeys, Master Juggler is for you. A big folly I committed last month involved the new version of WriteNow 2.0. It had been working fine, when suddenly for no reason that I could find it refused to Save but froze the screen whenever I tried to Save a document. I decided that something was wrong with the application on my hard disk so I trashed it and copied the original back on to the hard disk. It now worked fine again. My folly was in trashing the faulty application. I should have saved it to a disk and sent it to T/Maker (the publisher of WriteNow) so its technicians could determine how to prevent such occurrences in the future.
Copyright © march, 1989 by Fred Cranston