> Someone from Atari mentioned a few months back that programs that use
> a lot of dialog/alert boxes aren't very GEM friendly in a multitasking
> environment because they take control of the system when they are used
> and you can't switch to another program until they are dealt with.
> Once I can figure out how to do what I want in windows ONLY, I'll be
> all set.
I think this goes back to a December 1991 message on GEnie from Bill
Rehbock, who said:
``Static Dialog boxes are bad, very bad, and really, really, really
irritate users on a multi-tasking system, because they generally
take control, and leave the user with no ability to get at their
Many others have pointed out that making dialogs modal is Atari's
choice, and not an unavoidable law of nature.
>>20 programs at the same time (every TOS program in a window) if you
> Isn't that a bit much for one person ? :-).
So is 20 megabytes of hard disk space. Oops, I mean 80. Or maybe I meant
to say 160.... :-)
> The only problem is memory. Does the ST use up huge chunks of RAM for
> windows ? How much memory would you have left over after opening the
> 90 windows you mentioned ? On a TT there might be enough memory left
> over to run a large application but on an ST where the max is 4megs of
> RAM ?
Mmmm. I can remember when the question was: ``Is 48K of RAM was enough,
or so I need 64K?''
I think that when MultiTOS shows up, it will be recommended for use with
the 68030/040 machines. In addition to the 4MB memory limitation, the
68000 can't protect memory regions from being stomped by wild programs.
All indications are that MultiTOS will run on the older machines, but
you'll have to live with their shortcomings.
Steve Yelvington Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, USA