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Method of Automatically Informing Users When Insufficient Time Is Available to Process Phone Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105206D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Suppose a user decides to listen to his phone messages between meetings and has only 2 minutes left before he must leave for his next meeting. He starts listening to the first message, not knowing how involved it is, and 5 minutes later he realizes that he is late for his meeting, and still hasn't finished the phone message. His time has been wasted because he will have to re-listen to the whole message later, even though he spent so much time on it that it made him late for the meeting. A method is needed for informing the user how long it will take to process a particular phone message.

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Method of Automatically Informing Users When Insufficient Time Is Available to Process Phone Messages

       Suppose a user decides to listen to his phone messages
between meetings and has only 2 minutes left before he must
leave for his next meeting.  He starts listening to the first
message, not knowing how involved it is, and 5 minutes later he
realizes that he is late for his meeting, and still hasn't
finished the phone message.  His time has been wasted because he
will have to re-listen to the whole message later, even though
he spent so much time on it that it made him late for the
meeting.  A method is needed for informing the user how long it
will take to process a particular phone message.

       This system provides a method of informing the user how
much time it will take for that user to listen to the messages
in his/her PhoneMail.  This system determines how long it will
take to listen to a message and it warns the user if there is a
conflict with the electronic calendar.

     This is accomplished with the following system features:

     The Message Analyzer Function (MAF) analyzes each phone
message as it arrives, and saves the length of the message.
When the user requests to listen to a message, the
electronic calendar is checked for the next entry, and the
time until the next meeting (NM) is calculated by
subtracting the current time from that meeting's start time.
Then the time until the next meeting (NM) is compared to the
length of...