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(Using QuickTime Player) Visit WGBH Boston, for more than fifty years bringing you the best in public TV, radio and more.

Cyberdog Information

Cyberdog is the premiere flagship application of OpenDoc and Apple's Swiss Army knife of essential internet tools, bundled and presented in Apple's inimitable style of easy-to-use, highly intuitive, lightning-quick responsiveness, and non-bloated software. FTP, rich text MIME email (utilizing the powerful VTwin search engine), web browser, and news group reading parts interact seamlessly to provide the user a far more integrated and satisfactory internet experience than any other suite of internet tools.

A testament to Cyberdog's stunning superiority over other Internet tools and longevity is it's continuing support from Quicktime's 1996 version 2.1 to today's Quicktime 6.0.2 live streaming - exemplified by the embedded WGBH from Boston.

DocBuilder and other OpenDoc parts provide opportunities for the user to build (using part editors - mini-applications) a personalized and unique group of interlaced internet savvy (but locally-based) multi-media documents.

Cyberdog's development was aborted by terms of the 1997 Jobs-Gates agreement which allowed continued development of Quicktime but halted Apple's browser in favor of Micro$loth's browser for the quid pro quo of a cessation of all intellectual infringement claims by Apple against Micro$loth - all for a $150 million Micro$loth investment in Apple. As of April 2000, Micro$loth's stake in Apple had grown to about $650 million - from the rapid rise in Apple stock. Since that era, we have seen the overall tech sector dot com crash dragging down Apple's stock.

Cyberdog's enabling technology, OpenDoc, is a cross-platform, document-centric, plug-in part-based software scheme which adds expanded functions to applications' usefulness. The official cause of Cyberdog's abandoned development was the lack of interest in OpenDoc (which was due to Apple - under Gilbert Amelio - not actively promoting OpenDoc). Both Jobs and Gates understood OpenDoc's formidable potential to give rise to the demise of the status quo of bloatware.

Method to Cyberdog Crashlessness - Update

By managing a balance of OpenDoc to Cyberdog memory you can have a crash-free Cyberdog. Too little memory given to OpenDoc in the OpenDoc Setup Control Panel will crash Cyberdog. (Long ago sage advice from Cyberdog engineer Kevin Avoy).

I've made endless trials which yield a balanced ratio of OpenDoc Setup Control Panel to Cyberdog (application - on the Get Info pane) of no more than 2/3 to 1.

Though I run iCab (which has become consistently stable in the current version preview 2.8), Acrobat Reader, VectorWorks, Photoshop and seemingly a supporting cast of hundreds of other applications, I stopped crashing Cyberdog while on QuickTime (now at version 6.0.2) and Apple - QuickTime - What's On - News & Entertainment by setting the Cyberdog application to 4696 K for the minimum and 5120 K preferred and 3136 in the OpenDoc Setup Control Panel. My Mac OS has 136 MB of built-in RAM with Virtual Memory set On to File Mapping only (Available built-in memory plus one MB). When my Mac OS had less built-in RAM, the Cyberdog application was set to 10000 K for the preferred setting - resulting in near crashlessness.

That isn't to say I've finished the trials;-)
- Paul Lindblad

Redefine Cyberdog's Newsgroups using CyberItems

You can simply open (or call out with Speakable Items) the most current or yet-to-posted newsgroup article -using CyberItems.

I use the 'news article by the cyberitem' approach to surf the news server without using Cyberdog's newsgroup part panel nor having to set the number to download in Mail & News Setup. You only need to keep track of the most current post's number. An example might be: Predicting the next-to-posted article number is easy - due to this group's low volume.

The newsreader does have it's limitations if you want to pinpoint a particular news article by number or you want the latest message at the top of the list (of new article Notebook-stored CyberItems).

Put the latest news article (as a CyberItem) at any Notebook's top by executing the following sequence: Do an Apple-L on the post's window, then an Apple-A to highlite, an Apple-C to copy the news article URL, an Apple-T to put it on Cyberdog's Conect panel, an Apple-P to paste it to the Connect panel URL box (key Apple-L, A, C, T, P in quick succession as a short-cut), finally dragging the news article URL from the Connect panel box to your very own ad hoc newsgroup article listing in a Notebook.

You can add or edit visible comments (do an Apple-E) to any such CyberItem just by browsing the Notebook. I've noticed quicker downloads using the 'news article by the cyberitem' method compared to using Cyberdog's Newsreader window.

Cyberdog Internationale

To get the French version of Cyberdog tips, assistance; OpenDoc parts, plugins, and java download links go to: L'affaire Cyberdog.

Get any of these sites in the language of your choice (even translating back to English is fun).


James A. Baker's CD User agent.sit

For the occasion you need to access a server which does not accept Cyberdog, James A. Baker has provided the recipe for you to foist Cyberdog off as some other browser by changing Cyberdog's user-agent (the string that the browser sends to reveal the browser's identify).


Cyberdog Window IDs.pict.sit

A table of the various WIND resource IDs in Cyberdog and the particular item that corresponds to the companion resource ID. For example, using Resedit to open Cyberdog, you can change the WIND resource to adjust window sizes for items like the mail letter window.


You will find the original, expanded, September 1997 version of my Method to Cyberdog Crashlessness article at the website (a great resource of Cyberdog material).

To choose the memory of only the part you open, select Document Info on Cyberodog's File menubar option and select Size... Switch the radio button from OpenDoc Default Size (originally set in the OpenDoc Setup Control Panel as Default Document Memory) to Document Preferred Size on the Document Info panel.

No matter whether it's an QuickTime plugin OpenDoc part or some third party OD part like Web Painter or BBEdit for OpenDoc, the Document Preferred Size setting change (selecting the preset Default Document Memory) that you make at Cyberdog:File:Document Info does stick for the next time you open that part.

Your customized setting made at Cyberdog:File:Document Info reverts (the next time you open the part) to the Document Preferred Size (1400 K) only for Cyberdog OpenDoc parts, Cyberdog parts being a subset of OpenDoc parts.


Last Updated 10-24-2004
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