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Method for Activating Distant Processes Utilizing a Phone System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104008D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for direct invocation of one or more remote processes with a phone call. A user often wishes to cause one or more remote processes to occur. A method is needed for automatically invoking a selectable choice of remote processes with a phone call. This article describes a process which executes on a computer system capable of intercepting or receiving incoming telephone calls. It executes on the answering system wherein a user has configured a predetermined combination of phone rings. The configured combination of rings can be a single count of rings, or a set of counted rings which are detected in more than one back-to-back phone call within a specified time interval.

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Method for Activating Distant Processes Utilizing a Phone System

      A method is provided for direct invocation of one or more
remote processes with a phone call.
     A user often wishes to cause one or more remote processes to
occur.  A method is needed for automatically invoking a selectable
choice of remote processes with a phone call.
     This article describes a process which executes on a computer
system capable of intercepting or receiving incoming telephone calls.
It executes on the answering system wherein a user has configured a
predetermined combination of phone rings.  The configured combination
of rings can be a single count of rings, or a set of counted rings
which are detected in more than one back-to-back phone call within a
specified time interval.  The user is able to configure a command or
list of commands which will execute on the computer system when a
configured combination of rings are detected by the system.  Example
configurations are:

o   15 RINGS: Initialize scanner, turn on high speed printer, execute
    system startup batch file and execute desktop publishing program
<Comment: user is able to call his computer from the car phone on the
way to work to make sure everything is ready when he gets to the
office)
o   5 RING call followed by 4 RING call followed by 1 RING call:
    Execute the batch file called DOIT.CMD
o   3 RING call followed by 3 RING call where calls are separated by
    at least 2 minutes but no...