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Diary as screen saver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015219D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When someone is away from their desk for a short time, people passing cannot be sure where they might be, or when they are likely to be back. When someone locks their computer before leaving their desk for a meeting, they often forget to check first where the meeting is. They must unlock, check, and relock. Solution Provide a read only view of the non-confidential parts of the user's diary as a screen saver. This could easily be applied to any diary system. eg Notes. For better security, provide it as the background of the Microsoft Windows** 'Locked' screen (or equivalent for other operating systems). Implementation requires more interaction between diary system and operating system.

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Diary as screen saver

When someone is away from their desk for a short time, people passing cannot be sure where they might be, or when they are likely to be back.

     When someone locks their computer before leaving their desk for a meeting, they often forget to check first where the meeting is. They must unlock, check, and relock. Solution

     Provide a read only view of the non-confidential parts of the user's diary as a screen saver. This could easily be applied to any diary system. eg Notes.

     For better security, provide it as the background of the Microsoft Windows** 'Locked' screen (or equivalent for other operating systems). Implementation requires more interaction between diary system and operating system.

Variation

     Limited input may be allowed. For example, a caller could edit and leave a message.

     This idea does not interfere with power saving schemes such as shutdown of the monitor after a certain period.

** Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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