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Scheduled Docking Profiles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015962D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that is designed to aid a user in their day-to-day use of their laptop. In Windows NT/2000*, it is possible to have different docking profiles for one's laptop. These different docking profiles facilitate an easy way to have the operating system work with different hardware as it is moved from environment to different environment. Though these docking profiles are very helpful, they are not very intelligent in that the computer does not take into account that a user will be in a certain environment during a particular time of the day. The proposed system aims to add to the functionality provided by docking profiles.

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Scheduled Docking Profiles

Disclosed is a system that is designed to aid a user in their day-to-day use of their laptop. In Windows NT/2000*, it is possible to have different docking profiles for one's laptop. These different docking profiles facilitate an easy way to have the operating system work with different hardware as it is moved from environment to different environment. Though these docking profiles are very helpful, they are not very intelligent in that the computer does not take into account that a user will be in a certain environment during a particular time of the day. The proposed system aims to add to the functionality provided by docking profiles.

In the proposed system, the user will be able to input a schedule telling the computer when a certain docking profile will be relevant. For example, a user can specify on the computer from 8am-5pm to boot up in an office profile which respects such things as the following:

1) Picks the correct default printer... e.g., an HP LaserJet** 4P as the default printer.

2) picks a specified network connection from the control panel

3) changes the dial up settings so the modem dials out using a 9 for outgoing calls.

4) changes the browser settings to respect the office's firewall and proxy servers.

5) recognizes hardware that is in the office (e.g., drives, keyboards, etc).

For off hours (those not between 8 to 5), the laptop will default to booting up in a home profile which will use different settings for 1-5 a...