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Desktop Configurator v2

                    by Paradize (

        How many times have you wished that you could be a bit more 
        flexible at bootup?

        Back in the days when I had a floppy-only Atari STE as my 
        development system I used to have lots of needs, depending on 
        what I wanted to do: Low, Medium, High (via emulator) 
        resolution. Also usually I wanted to go straight into GFA BASIC, 
        so I had GFA Low/Med/Hi as well. Later when the assembly 
        language came into play I added a couple of entries as well. 
        Also, I wanted to enable/disable some accessories.

        So each source disk I had consisted of the programs I wanted to
        run (AUTO folder ones as well as normal), and I did the
        switching via a program called Superboot. It did the job ok, but
        as I recall it was huge, taking precious time to load, not to
        mention the disk space it consumed.

        Of course I could write a custom program which would do that 
        job, but I was always bored. Simon Sunnyboy on the other hand 
        wasn't (or didn't find a single boot program to satisfy his 
        needs) so he coded one of his own.

        Taking up a disk footprint of about 9k, it's ideal for floppy-
        only development. A bit of set up is required on the user's end:
        You need to set up your desktop configurations, save them, and
        then rename them to CONFIGx.INF (where x is an integer from 1 to
        9). In addition, you might want to load them into your favourite
        text editor and insert a line at the top where the description
        of the configuration should be written. Of if you're bored you
        can skip this and the program will just display a filename.

        Copying the proper program (depending on your TOS version) into 
        your AUTO folder and putting the CONFIGx.INF files into the root 
        directory is all that's needed for the program to function on 
        your next reboot.


        It's a small and fast utility that does what it's supposed to
        do. Inside the readme file Simon tells us that since it was only
        written to satisfy his personal needs it will probably be the
        final version.

        Obviously the tool is aiming at SingleTOS usage, so alternate 
        Desktops are out (except if the .inf files have a similar name 
        as TOS' and they should be in the root folder.

        It should have been neat to have an option to turn on/off
        accessories and/or CPX modules, or select the AUTO folder
        programs to be run, or even have some other controls such as
        changing processor frequency and turning cache on/off.

        As it stands, it's built for a single purpose, and it performs 
        it adequately. Nothing more, nothing less. If it fits your 
        needs, then by all means give it a go!

                                           GGN/KUA for Alive, 2006-07-05

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