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Self-Expiring Bookmarks, Shortcuts, and Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020488D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-24

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention disclosure describes a function that asks the user whenever a bookmark, shortcut, icon, or other pointing construct is created for a expiration time period, after which the pointer will be automatically deleted. Whenever one is created, a small dialog box will appear and ask the user if they would like it to be created as Permanent, six months, or one month. Generally, pointers of this type are created for a limited-use project or function. The data pointed to is still valid, but won't provide value after 3-6 months. The pointer will delete itself when the time period expires and it is no longer useful. Regular use of this function will keep the number of bookmarks, shortcuts, and icons down to manageable levels, and will not require further intervention on the part of the user.