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Facebiff - Multimedia Mail Spool Monitoring Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115621D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mandelstam, GM: AUTHOR

Abstract

A program is disclosed for monitoring an electronic mail spool and generating audio and visual information about the mail senders.

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Facebiff - Multimedia Mail Spool Monitoring Tool

      A program is disclosed for monitoring an electronic mail spool
and generating audio and visual information about the mail senders.

      When mail arrives on a UNIX* workstation, it is put into a file
called a spool.  Without invoking a mail reader, there is no way of
knowing who the mail is from, how many new messages have arrived, or
what the mail is about.  Facebiff is an X Window System** program
that monitors the mail spool and displays this information so the
user can tell if the mail is important and needs immediate response
or if a reply can wait until later.

      When new mail arrives in the spool, Facebiff searches
through a user-defined set of directories for both an image (color or
monochrome) and an audio file that match the sender of the new piece
of mail.  Facebiff then plays this audio "icon" and displays the
picture of the sender in a pushbutton widget.  New mail messages from
other users are displayed in separate pushbutton widgets.  Multiple
pieces of mail from the same sender are indicated by a number in the
lower left corner of that person's image.  Since the number of
pushbutton widgets varies with the amount of mail in the spool,
Facebiff will grow or shrink as appropriate.  Clicking and holding
the mouse on a pushbutton pops up a mail information window for that
user.  The window contains a picture of the sender, the sender's full
name (if available) or electronic mail address, and a numbered list
of the messages' "Subject:" lines.  When there is no mail,...