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                   Review: FrozenFish August 1995 CD-ROM
                            By:  Jason Compton 

There are a lot of merits to having the entire Fred Fish disk collection
in CD-ROM format.  One is that a CD-ROM stores a lot easier than 1,100
floppies do.  1,100 floppies that don't change really take up a lot
of space on a hard drive.  It's a significant chunk of Amiga history, and
enables you to look up the contents of Fish Disk 283 and commit them to
memory, just so when you meet the man himself, you can quiz him and feel
somehow superior because you know the answer while all he can come up with
is a blank look.

In case you don't have a CD-ROM drive, though, it would really be nice if
your local BBS or ISP carried the Fish archives.  Your average one-horse,
one CD-ROM PC BBS will probably have better ideas for its single drive than
a Fish CD, but with 7-disc changers gaining popularity and dropping in
price, it's not quite such an uphill battle.  Combined with the fact that a
number of PC CD-ROM filesystems don't deal well with filesystems more
complicated than ISO 9660 Level 1 (which limits filenames to 8+3
characters), it means that just tossing in a random Fish CD might not be
the best solution.

That's what motivated FrozenFish.  Totally ISO 9660 level 1, in 8+3
character all capital letter glory, FZF carries all 1,100 Fish disks to
date in LHA format, plus a small amount of Commodore includes, and about
200 megs of material from FreshFish 9. 

Intended for BBSes, the individual Fish disk files are cataloged in CRC
files only, as the "PI" (product information) files only identify the
disk's number.  A rather long treatise on KingFisher and its application
with these PI files is included.  The new additions from FreshFish 9 are
properly cataloged with full descriptions, however.

Well...there's only so much that can be said about a collection of Fish
disks that hasn't been said hundreds of times before.  The real issue here
is cost for performance, and for $20, it's hard to complain.  Of course,
$20 will also get you GoldFish 1, which is a slightly less complete (since
it's measurably older, it's missing the most recent 100 disks) but in a
much more searchable format, including the de-archived disks, as the
compilation is two CDs.  An Amiga user would be well advised to pass up
this collection, but then, that's the point--no self-respecting Amiga
manufacturer puts "PC Compatible" on the cover of a product unless he's
very serious about it.  The inclusion of the new material makes the disc
just that much more attractive and justifiable.  So harass your favorite
sysop to make room in that 7 CD changer for you.

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