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Push Button Security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114812D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Users who are accidentally turning the power off when they intended to perform some other action (e.g., turn on the Compact Disk (CD) player or hitting the power buttons with an object (diskette, CD-ROM).

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Push Button Security

      Users who are accidentally turning the power off when they
intended to perform  some other action (e.g., turn on the Compact
Disk (CD) player or hitting the power buttons with an object
(diskette, CD-ROM).

      Accidental power actuations can bring down entire networks,
potentially causing significant loss in time and money, as well as
data loss.  A single such incident could be a system server to
hundreds of clients or is being used in a critical environment such
as air traffic control or the nuclear industry.

      There are many scenarios in which the power button may be
accidentally pressed.  However, the majority are related to users
mistaking the power button (or reset button) for media eject buttons
and users hitting the button with various forms of media (diskette,
etc.)  while attempting to insert the media into the system unit.
These often happen when users are "blindly" attempting these
operations while continuing to perform some other task at their
workstation.  However, accidental actuations caused by running into
the power button (with knees, shoes, etc.) is also a concern.

      The following design provides a solution to protecting the
power button or any other style push button, but insures that the
needs of disadvantaged people would not be compromised.

      A small instrument with two prongs ((1) in Fig. 1) is keyed and
surrounds the power button (2) mount shaft of the switch (Fig. 2).
Anchorage of...