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Re: LARS binding software -- Susan Andrews Stephen Clark 04 Apr 2002 20:31 UTC

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Subject: Re: LARS binding software -- 3 messages:
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 14:24:05 -0600
From: Susan Andrews <Susan_Andrews@TAMU-COMMERCE.EDU>

I should make an addenda to my original message.  First, I have no
proof that the Funlove virus came with the LARS ftp software or was
connected to it.  I just know that it appreared at the same time, was
attached to the LARS ftp files and disappeared when I removed the LARS
software (circumstantial evidence).  Sending the shipment via diskette
no extra work, and I have no real complaints about it.
Second, I agree with another message, the documentation *is* sketchy at
best, and the table of contents (no index) is not always helpful.  But,
can usually muddle through ok.
Finally, Heckman (our binder) has been very nice and timely about
any and all questions regarding installation and use (they really worked
hard to try and help us with the Funlove problem).

Hope the clarifications help,

Susan Andrews
Head, Serials Librarian
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
"Your Success Is Our Business"

At 01:25 PM 04/04/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: Re: LARS binding software -- Mary Williams
>Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 11:23:14 -0600
>From: Susan Andrews <Susan_Andrews@TAMU-COMMERCE.EDU>
>We went with LARS a year or two ago and it was pretty smooth and fairly
>easy learn (one bonus, when the person is inputting the slips, they can
>have a window open to the check-in system and just check to be sure that
>they have everything, including supplements).  I had only 2 glitches.
>first was the fact that the system will only work with certain printers,
>and I didn't have any of what they needed (all too old) and my director
>felt that was a software problem and she shouldn't have to spend less
>$75 to get what we needed.  It turned out that a laser printer will do,
>I have a used laser printer.  Also, since I have more than one person
>may work on the bindery, or need that information, we had to network the
>software (also because of the printer).  Not a real problem, just
>to think about.  It did turn out however, that even when someone else
>another laser printer that might have been convenient to use, we could
>set up *1* printer for use in the networked environment.  A little
>inconvenient (especially for me) at times.  The final problem I am told
>that I am the only person to have had.  We decided after the first
>to go with ftping the shipment.  They sent us the disks, we loaded them
>(and my LARS stuff is on my D drive, and I have virtually nothing else
>that drive) and the first time that I used the ftp my computer informed
>that I had the Funlove virus and it was attached to my LARS files.  I
>the cleanup program, everything was fine until I tried to ftp LARS again
>and up popped Funlove.  I had the Computing Dept. guys come over with a
>special disk to clean it up (the computer guy made a copy of the virus,
>because he thought that it was quite interesting).  The next time I
>up Funlove popped.  We uninstalled and cleaned the ftp disks and
>reinstalled, and still had the problem.  We got new disks from Heckman,
>uninstalled and reinstalled with the new disks and still had the
>Heckman checked things out and said there was no problem on their
>disks.  I
>don't know what the problem was (and I halfway wonder if the fact that
>are running Windows NT, which many people are not, could be part of the
>problem), but I finally got sick of having to run the virus cleaning
>program all the time and we uninstalled the ftp for LARS.  I haven't had
>any problems with Funlove since and we send the shipment via diskette.
>I think that LARS makes typing the shipment faster and a lot more error
>free (especially in the title field).  One more thing, Heckman is
>on new Bindery software (LINC, I think) which they anticipate having out
>next year.  It is supposed to be pretty similar, just have more report
>report capabilities and flexibility.  If you want any more info., just
>me a holler.
>Susan Andrews
>Head, Serials Librarian
>Texas A&M University-Commerce
>P.O. Box 3011
>Commerce, TX 75429-3011
>"Your Success Is Our Business"