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Method for Alerting a User of a Personal Computer When the Alarm Queue Is Full

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038410D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hall, LF: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described that would alert the user of a Personal Computer (PC) that the alarm queue of a scheduler-type program is full and also provide the user with the information required to correct the problem. The alarm function in a Personal Computer maintains an alarm queue that contains up to 32 entries. This queue is ordered in ascending time sequence. The realtime clock is programmed to wake up (i.e., turn on) the computer and generate an alarm interrupt to give control to the alarm function when the earliest time in the queue is reached. The alarm function is always resident in memory with the Scheduler Program. A method of alerting the user when the alarm queue becomes full is described. The user is alerted by displaying a prompt that allows the user to list the alarm queue.

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Method for Alerting a User of a Personal Computer When the Alarm Queue Is Full

A method is described that would alert the user of a Personal Computer (PC) that the alarm queue of a scheduler-type program is full and also provide the user with the information required to correct the problem. The alarm function in a Personal Computer maintains an alarm queue that contains up to 32 entries. This queue is ordered in ascending time sequence. The realtime clock is programmed to wake up (i.e., turn on) the computer and generate an alarm interrupt to give control to the alarm function when the earliest time in the queue is reached. The alarm function is always resident in memory with the Scheduler Program. A method of alerting the user when the alarm queue becomes full is described. The user is alerted by displaying a prompt that allows the user to list the alarm queue. All the information required by the user to correct the situation is provided on one screen in a format that simplifies the user's decision-making task. When this queue is full and the user attempts to set another alarm, the prompt "Maximum number of alarms is already set. LIST CANCEL" is displayed. The user may elect not to view the queue by answering CANCEL. If the user wishes to view the queue in order to make a decision about which alarms are needed, the user answers LIST. The alarms are displayed in ascending date and time sequence, 16 to a column. When the user is finished viewing the alarm queue, t...