What is BelchX?
BelchX is a port of an old System 7 extension for the Macintosh, called
Belch. BelchX is an invisible application that will cause your Macintosh
to have a case of indigestion: it lets out a nasty belch every once in a
while. Put it on your friend's Macintosh, and they will love you for
How do I use BelchX?
Simply double click the BelchX icon. It's an invisible background
application, so it will look as if nothing has happened. But soon, your
Mac will start belching. If you wish to quit BelchX, simply open up a
Terminal window and type:
killall QUIT "Belch"
If that doesn't work, simply choose "Log Out" from the Apple menu, then log back in, or restart your Macintosh.
The time period between belches and the chance of hearing a belch can
now be set via the command line. To set the time period between belches
(default is 10 seconds), open up Terminal on the Mac that BelchX is
installed on and type in:
defaults write com.stimpsoft.belchx belchwait -float <time_in_seconds>;
Where it says <time_in_seconds>, replace with the time between belches in seconds. Remember to use a decimal number.
Example: defaults write com.stimpsoft.belchx belchwait -float 5.0; sets the default time between belches to 5 seconds.
To set the chance for a belch to occur (default is 35%), open up Terminal on the Mac that BelchX is installed on and type in:
defaults write com.stimpsoft.belchx belchchance -integer <percent>;
Where it says <percent>, replace with the percent of which a belch can occur.
Example: defaults write com.stimpsoft.belchx belchchance -integer 75; sets the chance for a belch to 75%.
Changes to these values don't occur until BelchX is relaunched.
I have no idea why I am adding more features to this thing. Someone please stop me.
Belch was originally created by Andrew Welch/Ambrosia Software, Inc.
(yes, Ambrosia Software) in 1994. Apparently, Andrew digs this new
version. I made a new icon for this port.
I make no guarantees about this app. It may destroy you, your computer,
your friends computer, your cat, your credit rating, etc. I am in no way
responsible for ANYTHING tragic happening to you or anyone you choose
to torture with this app. Use at your own risk.
BelchX is 159% freeware. You may redistribute the
application as you see fit, without notification to myself, as long as
no fee is collected.