Re: [NTLK] Hard reset - Who Does 'em?

From: Adrian Smith (
Date: Tue Mar 12 2002 - 18:51:25 EST

>At 09:33 PM 3/12/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>>Curiousity: Does anyone ever do a brain wipe and reinstall stuff, just to
>>get a clean system? Having installed and tried so many shareware things
>>that I didn't keep, my system kind of reminds me of a windows box that you
>>uninstall things from but all those annoying supporting files and
>>associations are left behind. God love mac's for uninstalls. Anyway - is
>>it too much of a pain, or do folks do it.
>Lots of apps stash information in the System Soup, which you'll lose when
>you do your brainwipe. Two that come to mind are More Folders from
>Standalone (you'll lose all your folder definitions) and the entire suite
>of Tactile software (you'll lose registration and will have to either
>obtain a new reg code from Tactile or find an underground method of
>re-registering those packages).

I got bitten by this a while back.

My Dad bought a Newton 2100 about one-week before they were "steved"
and he used it for a while and then put it aside. When we cam back to
it about a year later the only thing that seemed to work to get it
going again was a "brain-wipe" (had I known about the FAQ then I
might have tried some other things first). Problem was that the Newt
came bundled with WorksBetter (from standalone) and it was gone after
the brainwipe. We couldn't find any registration code in the
documents that came with the Newton. The store has long since changed
owners and focus and is no help (1). Standalone doesn't answer emails
(and I'm not going to ring them from Australia).

I would love to use Works Better again (unless someone can suggest a
better alternative) but it is hard to justify the extra expenditure
on software we (thought) we already paid for - especially as the
current exchange rate makes everything that much more expensive to
buy from Australia.


(1) it was Newton World in Sydney which become EWorld and then was
bought out by the Strathfield group.

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