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System for Integrating Lap-top Computers Into Users' Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121520D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Agnew, PW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is software that allows a lap-top computer user to see a single coherent system, rather than a collection of unrelated parts. The system includes the user's lap-top, other users' lap-tops, desk- top computers, file servers, and other nearby devices such as printers and FAX machines. The disclosed software ensures a consistent view of all files, a complete view of available computers and devices, and an easy to use method for communicating with nearby computers and devices.

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System for Integrating Lap-top Computers Into Users' Environments

      Disclosed is software that allows a lap-top computer user
to see a single coherent system, rather than a collection of
unrelated parts.  The system includes the user's lap-top, other
users' lap-tops, desk- top computers, file servers, and other nearby
devices such as printers and FAX machines. The disclosed software
ensures a consistent view of all files, a complete view of available
computers and devices, and an easy to use method for communicating
with nearby computers and devices.

      A typical embodiment employs a connection between the user's
lap-top and the rest of the system.  This connection should
preferably be wireless, by means of infrared light emitting diodes or
cellular radio, for example. Alternatively, any wired Local Area
Network (LAN) connection can provide the same function, although the
wire makes lap-top computers less convenient.  The connection is not
part of this disclosure.  The lap-top computer runs three types of
software disclosed here.

      The first type of software in a typical embodiment ensures that
the user's lap-top and the rest of the system have consistent and
up-to-date copies of files.  This software automatically updates the
lap-top with any files of identical name but later time-stamp those
that exist in the rest of the system.  The rest of the system
identifies files destined for the lap-top by directory and/or by file
name extension.  Similarly, the software automatically transfers any
files from the lap-top to the rest of the system, unless a more
recent copy of the identically named file already exists.  For
example, this is the method by which the user's notes are transferred
to permanent and shared storage.

      The second type of software ensures that a lap-top's user is
aware of all suitable communications partners, such as printe...