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Novel Ways of Marking Diskettes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105457D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Becker, CH: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed are several novel methods of marking diskettes for a variety of purposes.

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Novel Ways of Marking Diskettes

      Disclosed are several novel methods of marking diskettes for a
variety of purposes.

      Often, it is useful to have a physical indication on a diskette
indicating whether it has been used, whether it has been formatted,
whether it contains confidential data, whether it has been
duplicated, who owns it, etc. Sometimes one has to search through
piles of diskettes to find one of interest.  While one can actually
insert a diskette into a computer's drive in order to examine it to
ascertain some of this information, this is not always convenient,
quick, or possible.  We understand that it is also possible to label
a diskette with a marking pen; however, this seemingly
straightforward approach often goes against human nature.  Herein are
some alternative approaches for providing diskette information in a
convenient fashion.

1.  A diskette with a simple switch on it which shows black or red
    (for instance) and therefore can indicate things like
    "formatted", "duplicated", etc.

2.  A diskette with a pressure-sensitive label directly incorporated
    into the plastic body of the disk.

3.    A diskette with a "tag" on it that can be torn off to indicate
    diskette status.  Small tag areas on the edge of a diskette
    label, delineated by perforations and without backing adhesive
    can have legends printed on them.  This scheme would be
    appropriate for programs that allow only a specific number of
    uses, or a specific number of copies to be made.  It would also
    be useful in a situation where several people must read/review
    the diskette contents.  Each person could tear off a particular
    tag, ala a buckslip.

4.  A labelling device/printer built into the diskette drive.  It
    would be much more convenient than hunting around for the labels,
    a pen, and another diskette so you can make the labels look
    consistent.  This may have particular application to software
    companies that turn out thousands
     of diskettes a day.  Note that the built-in printer could also
    produce graphs.

5.  A diskette with a small LCD screen.  This could be expensive, but
    with mass production of such an item, it might become quite
    feasible in the future.  A small LCD display with an EPROM and a
    small battery may be built into each diskette.  Once again, the
    diskette drive has a "labeling"
     mechanism built into it, e.g., a small socket that wri...