A company I used to work for had a specific printer for printing
cheques, 
and the blank cheques were always secured until they were used,
the cheques were printed,
then the blank secured again. 

>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: John Earl [mailto:johnearl@powertechgroup.com]
>>> Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 8:18 AM
>>> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
>>> Subject: Re: Securing Spool Files
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Jim,
>>> 
>>> Would a little less "learned response" suit you?  Howz this?
>>> 
>>> James W Kilgore wrote:
>>> 
>>> > Gerald,
>>> >
>>> > In reading John's learned response, I recalled a seminar where the
>>> > speaker started out by stating that people generally will 
>>> not accept a
>>> > simple solution, so he hoped he could make his topic sufficiently
>>> > complex that it would be received well.
>>> >
>>> > I'll give it a try:
>>> >
>>> > Don't spool checks. End of problem.
>>> 
>>> YUKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!    <g>
>>> 
>>> You mean if that I have to tie up my printer for the length 
>>> of the payroll job?   The
>>> print portion of the job that now takes 15 minutes will now 
>>> take 1.5 hours because the
>>> system does all its calculation between each check print.   
>>> Once the job starts, no
>>> one else can use the printer until that job is done, and 
>>> the payroll clerk has to
>>> gaurd the printer for the next 1.5 hours?  Yuk!
>>> 
>>> What if the payroll job already runs for 5+ hours (seen 
>>> it... infinium software in a
>>> 5000 person company)?     YUKKKKKKK!
>>> 
>>> What if the payroll job is scheduled to run after 5:00pm or 
>>> overnight?  Does the
>>> payroll clerk have to stay until it's done (can't have the 
>>> operators looking at the
>>> checks)?   Ewwwwww!!
>>> 
>>> What happens if there is a forms jam or an imbalance in the 
>>> audit report?   You just
>>> printed 150 (or 5000???) checks that you now have to void.  Ouch!
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Naw, spooling is a definite improvement, use it.   Spend X 
>>> hours up front
>>> understanding OS/400 security and you won't burn (X * 4) 
>>> manhours a month paying
>>> someone to be the Payroll Printer Police.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> > Too short? <g>
>>> 
>>> Way!  <g>
>>> 
>>> jte
>>> 
>>> 
>>> --
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