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Method and mechanism to transfer user preferences of OS environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246178D
Publication Date: 2016-May-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

People have different preferences in using computer, such as language and region setting, input method, location of window toolbar, date and time format, short cuts, portable application, small widgets, and whether to show them (short cuts or widgets) on desktop etc.

However, it is sometimes difficult to take these preferences with you, especially when you want to use a public computer. (for your own devices, it is easier). Imagine a foreigner whose laptop computer is running out of battery, and he need to access a public computer immediately to send emails. Or a friend comes to visit and need emergency use your home computer. Or a consultant go to client site and need to temporarily use a computer, but need to delete all history user data after hours working.

If he found a completely different language/input method/date format/toolbar/short cuts on guest account of a public computer, he obviously will have great difficulties in sending emails.

Idea: Bump two computers, or show barcode to one computer to transfer all preference settings to the guest account of that computer. Desktop portable apps will be transferred to the guest computer too. The environment will be cleaned up after logging out

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Method and mechanism to transfer user preferences of OS environment

People have different preferences in using computer, such as language and region setting, input method, location of window toolbar, date and time format, short cuts, portable application, small widgets, and whether to show them (short cuts or widgets) on desktop etc.

However, it is sometimes difficult to take these preferences with you, especially when you want to use a public computer. (for your own devices, it is easier). Imagine a foreigner whose laptop computer is running out of battery, and he need to access a public computer immediately to send emails. Or a friend comes to visit and need emergency use your home computer. Or a consultant go to client site and need to temporarily use a computer, but need to delete all history user data after hours working.

If he found a completely different language/input method/date format/toolbar/short cuts on guest account of a public computer, he obviously will have great difficulties in sending emails.

Idea: Bump two computers, or show barcode to one computer to transfer all preference settings to the guest account of that computer. Desktop portable apps

will be transferred to the guest computer too. The environment will be cleaned up after logging out.

scenario: A foreigner, whose laptop computer is running out of battery, walks immediately to a nearby public desktop computer, bump his laptop to the desktop. The desktop login screen immediately shows a message: "Do you want to transfer your preference setting to the guest account on this computer to continue your work?" When replied yes, another authorization screen is shown on his laptop. After entered password, the preferences is transfer to the desktop, and the desktop logins into guest account with preferences properly set up.

For computers who have cameras but no motion sensor, user can show a barcode (1D/2D/3D..) to initiate preferences transfer.

For computers who do not equip motion sensor nor camera, right click the computer on network neighbors to show the "preference transfer" menu to initiate the same protocol.

Component diagram:
1. motion sensor or camera (optional)

2. preference transfer agent service (on both com...