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Method for Session Observance Scanner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108303D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Innis, HA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of multitasking operating systems within personal computers, there is a prevalent need to monitor a plurality of applications simultaneously. In particular, with the advent of OS/2* 2.0, a plurality of DOS sessions can execute concurrently. Prior art has allowed a user to be presented with icons of operating sessions while a forefront application is presented to the screen. In many enterprises the user wishes to see the current state of a plurality of running applications. A user may wish to make a session a foreground task depending on the state of the application. Prior art causes the user to access the background operating session to determine its current state. A mechanism is needed whereby the user can scan through sessions and select the operating session that is of interest to them.

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Method for Session Observance Scanner

       With the advent of multitasking operating systems within
personal computers, there is a prevalent need to monitor a plurality
of applications simultaneously. In particular, with the advent of
OS/2* 2.0, a plurality of DOS sessions can execute concurrently.
Prior art has allowed a user to be presented with icons of operating
sessions while a forefront application is presented to the screen. In
many enterprises the user wishes to see the current state of a
plurality of running applications. A user may wish to make a session
a foreground task depending on the state of the application. Prior
art causes the user to access the background operating session to
determine its current state. A mechanism is needed whereby the user
can scan through sessions and select the operating session that is of
interest to them.

      A service can be provided that intercepts output from
individual applications. This service can intercept the video output
and contract the image of the video output to a reduced size. The
service can periodically perform the operations on all or a selected
set of applications currently being executed. The service would then
present each video output to the user in a predefined sector of the
screen.

      Bit images representing the operating sessions are associated
with a particular sector of the screen. Upon a mouse cursor or any
pointing device selecting a bit image, the operating session can be
presented...