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Programmable Storage Icon for Optical and Tape LAN/RISC-6000 Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115515D
Original Publication Date: 1995-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 132K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bukszar, AE: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Currently, storing a file to a library of removable media on a LAN involves a typing a command such as: C:\> COPY MYFILE.DOC S:\VOL0510\*.*

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Programmable Storage Icon for Optical and Tape LAN/RISC-6000 Applications

      Currently, storing a file to a library of removable media
on a LAN involves a typing a command such as: C:\> COPY MYFILE.DOC
S:\VOL0510\*.*

      The user must physically type the command to move a file, to
include library and volume.  In the above command, the user must
denote the command (COPY), the file to be stored (MYFILE.DOC), the
library (S:\), and the destination volume (VOL0510) of removable
media within the library.  This gets tedious if there are many files
to be copied to tape or optical from the workstation of the user.

      Disclosed is a folder of storage icons as a means of
simplifying the storage of files on a LAN.  In Fig. 1, the contents
of the STORECON folder storage icons is shown.

      After the STORECON folder is opened, the user could
drag-and-drop a file on the desired target icon and it would be
stored based on the preset attributes for that icon.  This is the
preferred use.

      Alternately, the user would double click (with the left button)
on one of the STORECON icons and the file currently open on the
currently active window would be stored.  As with the drag-and-drop
scenario, it would be stored based on the preset attributes for the
means of storage selected.

      As shown in Fig. 1, the means of storage selected in Mode-1
could consist of tape, optical, hard disk, modem, fax, or mailbox.

      If more than one one target icon of a specific type were
desired, e.g., multiple optical disks, the user could replicate the
original icon.  Each icon could have an independent subtitle and/or
color to distinguish it from similar icons.

      Additionally, there could be families of icons of the same
general type.  Some examples are (a) a tape cartridge icon and a tape
cassette icon, (b) a 90mm optical disk icon and a 130mm optical disk
icon, and (c) a write-once optical disk icon and a rewriteable
optical disk icon.

      In Figs. 2-5, the presettable attributes are listed for each
means of storage shown in the STORECON folder, Fig. 1.  The user
would enter one of Figs. 2-5 by double-clicking on a specific icon
with the right-hand button.

      Once an icon was double clicked with the right-hand button, it
would disappear and be replaced by an attribute panel for that icon.
For
tape and optical, Fig. 2, the user could select the target library,
volume, and net.  The net could be a TokenRing LAN, EtherNet, FDDI,
etc., because the user could be connected to multiple server
topologies.
If there is only one net server, then this item could be deleted.

      An important consideration for optical and tape libraries is if
the store operation could be done in the background, say second or
third shift.  If the user does not mind a background store operation,
this lowers the daytime utilization of the library's robotic picker,
which is usually high.  (High picker utilization greatl...