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Accidental Actuation Security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114852D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

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

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Accidental Actuation Security

      Users are accidentally turning the power off when they intended
to perform some other action (e.g., turn on a 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 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 design provides a solution to protecting the power button,
reset button or anything on the bezel face, but ensures that the
needs of disadvantaged people would not be compromised.

      A wire form (1) is loaded under pressure into a bracket (2)
which is anchored by being sandwiched between an existing LED cover
(3) and the front bezel (4).  The under pressure wire form is
influenced by a b...