Dabbelfeature and MOVEDRV

Is Dabbelfeature the first known example for nagware? History will decide big grin

Dabbelfeature would probably have never come to exist without the constant nagging of Werner Buthe, a true maniac. Werner was a relentless and thorough beta tester of some of my code, and he had the rare gift of persuasion by perseverance: Whenever he would need a new feature, he would pick up the phone to call me - and would not stop talking until I gave in into adding it for him. Even if this took him (actually, us) hours. Most of the time, he got what he wanted...

dabbelfeature.png Dabbelfeature serves two purposes: First, it can switch off the grow/shrink box animation effect when opening or closing windows, thus speeding up the system slightly. Second, it redirects drive accesses. This was actually not only useful for Werner ("Dabbelyoo"), but also for myself: At the time, I had Atari systems at two different places and, when travelling from A to B, just took my hard disk(s) with me. One of the systems was an Atari TT with built-in hard disk, the other one a Mega ST, and so I was constantly struggling to keep those partitions in the same drive letter sequence - - otherwise, many applications would not have found their config or data files anymore.

Dabbelfeature solved that problem. It allowed to rearrange the drive/partition sequence after the system was booted up, liberating users from the drive letter assignment strategy of the system and hard disk driver. For instance, TeX was installed on drive H: on my TT, and tried to find config files on that drive. On my Mega, the same drive showed up as drive F:, and TeX would no longer run. With Dabbelfeature, it was a breeze to fix that on the fly, without reconfiguring boot sequences and the like.

But why did I combine those two completely disparate features into one GEM accessory? Good question. If I remember correctly, both Werner and I almost always needed both features to be resident in memory, and loading one accessory instead of two simply was more efficient. (Plus, before the advent of Karsten Isakovic's "Chameleon", you could not run an additional accessory without rebooting.) Reason #2: Hey, what a great pun we would have lost if the tool had had only one feature... big grin

Later, I actually wrote a stand-alone tool called MOVEDRV which implements only the drive redirection part.

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