LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I read the article, “Software foils floppy-disk file fluster” with great
interest [GCN, Aug. 24, Page 1] and downloaded a trial
version of DiskCataloger from Sheridan Software Systems Inc. of Melville, N.Y.


I found your article to be both accurate and informative, but the reviewer missed out
on some of the shortcomings of the product.


The product catalogs or tracks the data on each disk by writing a catalog
identification tag file to each disk. The file is small, but the use of a catalog ID tag
means that the software cannot track a write-protected disk.


But it prompts you if it encounters one. I was hesitant to allow the program to alter
any of my manufacturer or installation disks.


I also noted that the choice of icon types was very limited. Floppy disks, regardless
of size or format, use an icon depicting a 3'-inch disk—not so good if you are still
archiving old 5' disks.


The software does recognize other types of removable media, but once again the choice
of icons is limited. I used the software to catalog a Shark hard diskette from Avatar
Peripherals Inc. of Milpitas, Calif. The software once again did an excellent job of
cataloging but then proceeded to display an icon depicting a Zip disk.


The software did perform rather well, but it did not impress me enough to buy it. I
would have to rate the product as a B– instead of an A+ as your reviewer did.


J. Scott Tackett
LAN administrator
Army Corps of Engineers
Benbrook Lake, Texas





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