Off through the new day's mist I run
Out from the new day's mist I have come
Therefore I am
Harvest the land
Taking of the fallen lamb
"Of Wolf and Man" - Metallica
SOFTWARE REVIEW: ST LOCK BY APP SOFT
by Richard Karsmakers
Some people really don't like it when other people hassle around
with their harddisk. Some people, like myself, then write a
super-small password program for the AUTO folder in conjunction
with a 'freeze' accessory, and publish it in ST NEWS Volume 5
Some people write a more extensive version of the above, thus
creating a program that is actually worth selling. A program that
allows different users with different passwords to have different
A person like that was APP-Soft's Peter van de Velde, and the
program he thus created was called "ST Lock", which he has
distributed by "STRIKE-a-LIGHT".
This is, as you may have guessed, a review of this utility.
Immediately after booting your system (well, after all the AUTO
folder programs accessories have been loaded, that is), "ST Lock"
makes a dialog box appear on the screen. Here, you have to type
in any of the passwords you have assigned.
Each password can be for a different person, and associated with
each password is a list of partition access parameters - in other
words, you can specify for each user whether he can or cannot
read, write or read and write for each partition individually.
This is all you want, actually. Each use can principally be
assigned a specific number of partitions he can access, so that
important data is always safe by having it on a partition that
cannot be read from or written to by any users other than the
boss (i.e. you).
The system uses easy dialog boxes and standard conventions.
Getting to work with it is thus very easy and handy.
The program is of excellent use to schools, programmers, coding
convention visitors who bring their harddisk, and people who
don't want their un-knowing girlfriends to screw up any vital
things when doing a bit of computing.
The manual forgets to specify that the 'owner' should disable
'writing' to partition C for everybody except for himself. If the
'owner' forgets this, the 'managers' and 'users' can change the
"ST Lock" datafile in partition C to suit themselves.
I considered this to be a rather important point, which should
actually also have been a default setting for everybody except
for the user.
Locking a user out of read status on the boot device, too, can
cause problems when this user gets in immediately after booting.
The password is asked immediately after booting, but before
certain other applications (such as "NeoDesk") load their last
configuration files. These can then not be loaded. The 'owner' is
then forced to grant every 'user' read status on the boot device.
"ST Lock" is a very well programmed utility - but for a limited
amount of people only! The documentation is a bit short, and
fails to mention some things that it should.
It is published by "STRIKE-a-LIGHT". I could not reach them to
get their new address - I only know they are not at their old one
any more. Their phone number should not have changed, however,
and that's (Holland) 040-455281. Please call them for inquiries
with regard to "ST Lock".
Thanks to Robert Heessels of "STRIKE-a-LIGHT" for sending me the
package. Much obliged!
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