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TRANSCOME - Transportable Computing Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106723D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dasgupta, A: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a computing environment that is transportable. That is, the user can use the TRANSCOME system on a LAN at work to enable a portable machine to learn what applications are used from the LAN server. When the user wishes to travel, the user's computing environment can be along on the portable machine.

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TRANSCOME - Transportable Computing Environment

      Disclosed is a computing environment that is transportable.
That is, the user can use the TRANSCOME system on a LAN at work to
enable a portable machine to learn what applications are used from
the LAN server.  When the user wishes to travel, the user's computing
environment can be along on the portable machine.

      The TRANSCOME system allows the user's machine to learn the
software that is typically accessed on the LAN in the office or work.
This learned software can then be brought with the user when the user
travels.  For example, if a user only uses an editor and a
spreadsheet program, which may consist of 500,000 bytes worth of
files, then only the 500,000 bytes are needed when the user travels
and not the 300 megabytes of data on the LAN file server.

      The TRANSCOME system employs a caching system that maintains
the latest copy of files on the user's portable machine.  Each access
to a file forces a time and date check.  During learning if the LAN
server file is newer than the user machine version, then the user's
machine version is updated.

      In addition, the TRANSCOME system can be used to create new
drive letters on the user's machine.  This is useful in order to
continue to run LAN support software.  The reason is that some LAN
support software may expect to run from a drive other than a local
drive.  In addition, the TRANSCOME system contains the ability to
recognize when t...