eleting an existing configuration,
icking a new configuration to boot the computer under, or using the
urrent configuration (signied by yellow text on a red background
(on color monitors), or blinking black text on a white background (on
monochrome monitors). The commands avaiolable ar listed in the box at
the bottom of the screen.
If you pick anything but urrent, you will be allowed to select a
configuration to manipulate. upon pressing , , or
frame around the bottom box will become a single line, and the frame
around the list of configurations will become a double line. On color
monitors, they will also change colors (yellow is the "active" window,
and magenta is the "inactive" window).
A cursor bar will be positioned on the current configuration, and you
can use the arrow keys to move the cursor bar to the desired
configuration. Once the cursor bar is positioned over the desired
configuration, press to select it. If you pressed , you
will be taken to the variable page and be allowed to change anything
listed there as well as edit the CONFIG and AUTOEXEC files. If you
pressed , the selected configuration will be deleted from your
list, but its associated CONFIG and AUTOEXEC files will still be on
If you pressed
to pick a new configuration, and if you actually
selected a new one, LOBOTOMY will copy the associated CONFIG and
AUTOEXEC files for the selected configuration, and the system will be
re-booted for you.
If you elected to stay with the current configuration (pressing or
but not selecting a new configuration), the program will
terminate without rebooting your machine. Pressing
will have the same effect.
Before you do ANYTHING else, you should copy your current CONFIG.SYS
and AUTOEXEC.BAT files into \LOBOTOMY\CONFIG.STD and
\LOBOTOMY\AUTEXEC.STD. After you have done this, use LOBOTOMY to
install a "Standard Boot Config" that uses your new STD files. This
is just a precaution to allow you a fall-back if something should go
There are basically two ways to make use of LOBOTOMY.
One way to use LOBOTOMY is to simply run it as a utitlity whenever you
need to reboot. This is probably the best way and requires no
additional effort on your part.
The second method of use is to invoke LOBOTOMY from your AUTOEXEC.BAT
file so that you can boot the desired configuration without having to
actually runthe program yourself. If you use this method, remember to
add the line LOBOTOMY to each of your alternate AUTOEXEC files in the
THE TEXT EDITOR
LOBOTOMY's text editor is extremely simple in terms of implementation.
No block commands are available, but your basic Wordstar-style cursor
movement commands are. The major commands are listed at the bottom of
USING WITH WINDOWS 3.0
I tried to run LOBOTOMY as a non-windows app in 386 enhanced mode of
Windows 3.0. Windows though about it for a few seconds, and then
reported that system integrity had been comprimised and that I should
close all apps and quit Windows. Apparently, Windows doesn't like it
when a program attempts to re-boot the computer without devine
permission. Somehow, LOBOTOMY screwed up Windows' idea of reality
and, after I quit Windows and returned to the DOS prompt, the keyboard
generated random characters ON ITS OWN! I eventually had to reach for
the BRS (big red switch) to reset the computer. The moral of this
story is don't use LOBOTOMY under Windows 3.0.
Let's face it, nobody's perfect. I'm not going to try to convince you
of the fact that there's no bugs in this software because we all know
there's no such thing as bug-free software that is constructed of more
than 10 lines of source code. I can tell you, though, that I will
respond immediately to reports of problems, and will release any
bug-fixes as soon as possible. That's the best I can offer you.
Padded-Wall Software does NOT issue patches to fix bugs. If there's a
problem, and if we fix it, the fix will be in the form of a complete
new EXE file like the one that came in this ZIP file.
Padded-Wall Software provides LOBOTOMY version 1.00 AS IS. Further,
Padded-Wall Software does not guarantee that LOBOTOMY is suitable for
any purpose other than the ability to take up valuable disk space.
Padded-Wall Software assumes no resonsibility (financial or otherwise)
for loss of data or other liabilities incurred by you as a direct or
in-direct use of LOBOTOMY.
Basically, you're on your own because I (and you) can't guarantee that
you won't pull some bone-headed stunt. If there's something wrong
with the program itself as it relates to its intended function, I'll
try my best to fix it and get you a new copy.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND TERMS FOR USE
If you've ever used public domain or shareware software before, you
know the rules so you can skip to the "Appreciated Donation" section
LOBOTOMY is copyrighted by Padded-Wall Software. All rights are
reserved. You may freely distribute LOBOTOMY to whomever you wish as
long as you follow these guidelines:
1) You may not alter the program or its associated files in any
2) You must provide all files originally supplied with the
Pretty simple, huh.
OTHER PRODUCTS BY PADDED-WALL SOFTWARE
ExecTime 2.0 A utility that will run the desired application at
the specified time on the specified date. You can
also pass parameters to the application (the
program you want to run using ExecTime). Once
ExecTime takes over, you can even change any of
the parameters passed to ExecTime. Last update to
this program was 6/22/90.
IN THE WORKS
Radius Yet another menu shell for DOS (no release date
set as yet). The following is a list of some of
- Allows up to 20 menus of 15 items
- Only 6K remains resident when running
- Supports ANY MS-compatible mouse including
those from Logitech, Genius, Mouse Systems,
Imsai, Microsoft, IBM, and the new
track-balls from those manufacturers
- Up to 25 user IDs (encrypted)
- Job/contract number entry
- Pass parameters automatically or on the fly
- Pre-execution prompts
- Optional Scheduled Event Timer allows you to
schedule up to 15 applications for unattended
operation. You can run your computer on its
own for over 123 years! (This utility is
optional because it can be run without
- Password protection on a menu, menu item, and
RADIUS utility basis (passwords encrypted)
- A system log that displays data according to
what program was used, when it was used, for
how long, and for which job/contract number)
- Totally configurable through a menu-driven
APPRECIATED DONATION (AND COMMENTS - GOOD OR OTHERWISE)
If you find this software (LOBOTOMY) useful and wish to keep the
spirit of pd/shareware software alive, you can send any ($20) monetary
donations, suggestions for improvement, or criticism, and make checks
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