Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Andrew J. Dillon
  • Patent number: 6988196
    Abstract: A computer system and method are disclosed for generating a certificate that can be validated against a trusted hardware subsystem within a computer system. A security subsystem is established within the computer system. A master key pair including a master public key and master private key are established. The master private key is stored in protected storage within the security subsystem such that the master private key is inaccessible outside of the security subsystem. Generation of a self-verifying certificate is requested. A user of the computer system is then prompted to enter an authentication code in response to the request for generation of the certificate. A certificate is generated utilizing the master key pair only in response to a correct entry of the authentication code. The certificate is used only internally within the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Brandon Jon Ellison, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Andy Lloyd Trotter, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 6648843
    Abstract: A frequent method of treating Plantar Fasciitis, acute ankle sprains, Achilles tendon repairs, foot drop or other conditions is a so-called night splint which may be utilized by a patient while sleeping, or during other period of extended inactivity, to maintain a desired orientation between a patient's foot and lower leg. A night splint portion includes a thin, lightweight sole portion not suitable for walking or other weight bearing activities; however, a sturdy raised lip around the sole portion includes multiple mounting slots which temporarily mate with matching mounting tabs on a walking boot attachment which includes a sturdy weight bearing sole so that a patient may temporarily convert the night splint to a walking boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: MK, L.L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Thomas Marciano, Jimmy Wayne Ketner
  • Patent number: 6490678
    Abstract: A combination editable and fixed entry input menu field may be used to set up options and preferences for a computer system, such as in a menu for booting the computer system. The menu field provides flexibility in switching and/or selecting between various selections such as operating system(s). The menu field uses less non-volatile memory for storing strings that specify the boot path and filenames and also uses less space on the menu for displaying the strings that specify the boot path and filenames. Entry fields comprise various selections such as at least one editable selectable field and at least one fixed selectable field. The user is able to choose within the selected selectable field between various selections such as between an editable field with editable entries and a fixed field with fixed entries as being the selected entry field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maximino Aquilar, Mark Earl Plunkett, James Michael Stafford
  • Patent number: 6483812
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the topology of a communications network that utilizes routing information fields contained within transmission frames for controlling routine transmissions. First, a plurality of transmission frames associated with routine data transmissions are collected. Next, a plurality of routing information fields are extracted from the plurality of transmission frames. Thereafter, the plurality of routing information frames are analyzed and parsed, thereby yielding interconnected topology data. Finally, the interconnected topology data from the plurality of routing information fields is converted and stored into programming language data objects, such that the data objects may thereafter be utilized to display the interconnected topology of the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Prorock
  • Patent number: 6473823
    Abstract: Components and circuitry, including a common microprocessor, are combined into a single motherboard that is common to both a Personal Computer (PC) and a Network Computer (NC). The motherboard is capable of receiving a riser card. Riser cards specific to either a NC or a PC are designed to provide functions that are not present on the common motherboard. Connector slots such as Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE), Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) and Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) are available on a PC riser card to accommodate additional circuit boards. Devices such as a hard drive, CD ROM drive, etc., may be installed utilizing appropriate connectors on a PC specific riser card that are not required or available on the NC. A riser card for the NC will accommodate a compact flash card connector or various other expansion cards that provide functions specific to the NC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Michael Kerrigan, Roy Moonseuk Kim
  • Patent number: 6473655
    Abstract: A data processing system and method are described for creating a virtual partition within an existing partition within a hard disk drive included within the system. A first master boot record is written which includes a partition. The partition defines a first file system to be utilized by the hard drive. A file is created within the partition. The first master boot record is temporarily overwritten with a second master boot record without altering the first file system. The second master boot record includes a designation of the file as a second partition. The second partition defines a second file system. The second partition is designated as the active partition. The data processing system is booted utilizing the second master boot record. The second partition is a virtual partition within the existing partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Britton Gould, David Rhoades, Walter Leslie Robinson, Gary Anthony Vaiskauckas
  • Patent number: 6470455
    Abstract: A data processing system and method are disclosed for prohibiting access to a SCSI bus prior to a correct entry of an access password. The system includes a plurality of internal SCSI bus devices coupled to the SCSI bus. The system also includes an external SCSI connector for coupling external SCSI devices to the SCSI bus. The access password is established and stored within the system. The plurality of internal SCSI bus devices and the external devices are prohibited from accessing the SCSI bus prior to a correct entry of the access password. The SCSI bus includes a busy signal line. Prior to a correct entry of the access password, the system asserts the busy signal line, indicating that the SCSI bus is busy. Both internal and external devices are prohibited from accessing the SCSI bus while the busy signal line is asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Locker, David Rhoades, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 6463531
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the boot process of a data processing system. In accordance with the method and system of the present invention, data detailing each operation performed during a boot process of a data processing system is stored within a memory of the data processing system. All the stored data is then displayed in response to a halting of the boot process, such that step-by-step details of the boot process are available to a user prior to operation of the data processing system by an operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maximino Aguilar, Norbert Blam, Mark Earl Plunkett, Raymond Francis Romon, James Michael Stafford
  • Patent number: 6459235
    Abstract: A charge control method by which batteries can be efficiently charged, even if the charging is aborted, as well as a computer which employs such a charge control method is provided. The charge to the main battery is started and then the charge to the,main battery is stopped when the amount of electric energy in the main battery reaches a predetermined value (steps 200 to 204). Next, the charge to the second battery is started and then the charge to the second battery is stopped when the amount of electric energy in the second battery reaches a predetermined value (steps 206 to 210). Next, the charge to the main battery is restarted and then the charge to the main battery is stopped when the amount of electric energy in the main battery reaches 100%. Thereafter, the charge to the second battery is restarted and then the charge to the battery is stopped when the amount of electric energy in the second battery reaches 100% (steps 212 to 222).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shigefumi Odeohhara, Atsushi Kumaki, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Toshitsugu Mito, Tetsuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6459797
    Abstract: An audio mixer system is described for producing coded output in which at least a left audio signal, a right audio signal and a surround audio signal are encoded in two output channels so that the surround signal can be decoded from the difference of the two output channels. The system comprises means for generating position data designating a desired position for a sound source in a 360 degree sound field. Logic is provided for determining the relative volume of the sound source in the left, right and surround audio signals from the position data. A signed continuity factor is maintained so that the sign of the continuity factor is changed in response the desired position crossing a nominal position of the surround signal in the sound field and logic is provided for encoding the sound source data into the two output channels in accordance with the determined relative volume of the sound source in at least two of the left, right and surround signals each multiplied by the continuity factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gal Ashour, Dan Chazan, Ronen Ozer
  • Patent number: 6452593
    Abstract: A method and system for incorporating elements within a user environment into a virtual three-dimensional graphical display of a data processing system. Elements within a user environment are detected. A virtual three-dimensional graphical display of a data processing system is altered to reflect the detected elements within the user environment such that image surfaces within the virtual three-dimensional graphical display which include reflective properties reflect the elements within the user environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Carroll Challener
  • Patent number: 6449676
    Abstract: A power subsystem for a computer system allows a voltage regulator module (VRM) to be removably connected to a system board, while limiting disturbances on the voltage rails of the system board. The electrical disturbances are prevented by charging voltage outputs of the DC/DC circuit of the VRM prior to directly connecting the voltage outputs to the voltage rails. To ensure that the voltage outputs are properly charged, a VRM connector may be used in which the voltage output pins are shorter than charge pins which are coupled to respective capacitors and to the voltage outputs of the DC/DC circuit. In this manner, as the connector is mated with a corresponding connector on the system board, the capacitors are first charged via resistive paths connected to the voltage rails, prior to directly connecting the voltage outputs to the voltage rails. The VRMs are thus “hot-pluggable,” enabling a user to upgrade or service the system with no interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Girish Chandra Johari, Mark Wayne Mueller, Peter Matthew Thomsen, Lucinda Mae Walter
  • Patent number: 6446138
    Abstract: A remote operator interface for a network computer is provided by a pocket-sized structural enclosure which remotely mounts input and output interface devices. The input and output devices providing a remote interface to control a network computer. The pocket-sized structural enclosure provides a means for electrically coupling the input and output interface devices to the network computer. The cable or data transmission medium which electronically couples the remote operator interface to the network computer provides a communication transmission medium for the network computer system. The pocket-sized structural enclosure can be mounted to a keyboard in close proximity to the operator of a network computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Edward Criscolo, Sanjay Gupta, Brian Michael Kerrigan, Stephen Sung, Howard Carl Tanner
  • Patent number: 6443347
    Abstract: A personal harness for a wearable computer on the body of a user has a waist belt and a shoulder sling that are integrally formed with each other. The waist belt is inelastic and forms a belt around the waist of the user. The waist belt has a strap with hook-and-loop fasteners for adjusting the circumference of the waist belt. The shoulder sling is draped over one shoulder of the user and has front and rear sashes with primary and secondary compartments, respectively. The primary compartment has a zipper along one side edge and a sealable flap at an upper end for containing wearable computer hardware. The secondary compartment also has a sealable flap at an upper end for supporting telecommunications equipment for the computer on the body of the user. In addition, both compartments have mesh windows for ventilating the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Luis E. Elizalde, Ronald A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6442591
    Abstract: A method and system for automatic electronic mail address maintenance in a data processing system coupled to an electronic mail distribution system. An electronic mail processing application is utilized to process electronic mail transferred to or received from the electronic mail distribution system. Each time an electronic mail item is processed within the electronic mail processing application, electronic mail addresses are automatically retrieved and stored within the data processing system. Group or alias address are resolved by automatically accessing the electronic mail distribution system to obtain the appropriate electronic mail address. The retrieved electronic mail addresses may then be displayed by a user together with or separate from an existing address list. These automatically retrieved electronic mail addresses may then be viewed alphabetically, in data sequence or by frequency of transmission or receipt to or from designated electronic mail addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Richard Haynes, Christopher Kemp Hunt, Jerry Thomas Paradise
  • Patent number: 6442648
    Abstract: A method and system in a data processing system for dynamically scheduling the processing of a plurality of requests to access a disk, in which each of the plurality of requests is associated with a location on the disk, processes the requests in a first sequential order and determines the amount of time necessary to process a selected number of requests associated with locations between the current location on the disk and the most urgent request. At a time that is earlier than the deadline for processing the most urgent request by the amount of time necessary to process the selected number of requests, the method commences processing of the selected number of requests in a second sequential order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas B. Genduso, Donald Ingerman
  • Patent number: 6421524
    Abstract: An electronic talking book and method of operation thereof. The electronic talking book includes a book unit that has a front cover, a back cover and a spline cover. The book unit further includes a number of modular core sheets, where each of the modular core sheets has a laminated leaf that includes a front side and an electronic side that has at least one visual image. The electronic talking book also includes an audio recording/playback apparatus, where the audio recording/playback apparatus includes an audio input means for receiving audible utterances associated with a selected one of the visual images. An audio output means is also provided for playing back the audible utterances when the associated visual image is selected for personalizing the audio presentation of the visual images. In a related embodiment, the electronic talking book further includes a storage device for storing the received audible utterances and a playback device for audio reproduction of the stored audible utterances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Russell S. Padgett
  • Patent number: 6415346
    Abstract: A circuit card capable of live insertion into an activated electronic system includes a terminal edge from which an edge connector extends a first length. An input decoupling capacitance resides across the edge connector. A backplane within the activated electronic system receives the circuit card, wherein the backplane includes at least one voltage plane, a backplane receptor, and card guide receptor means. The backplane receptor electrically couples the edge connector to the voltage plane when the edge connector engages the backplane receptor. Card guide means are provided for guiding and connecting the circuit card into the backplane, and include at least one conductive member for engaging the card guide receptor means. The conductive member extends a second length from the terminal edge, wherein the second length is greater than the first length. At least one conductive path electrically couples the conductive member across the input capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Wayne Mueller, Peter Matthew Thomsen, Lucinda Mae Walter
  • Patent number: D486307
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: James F. Rogers
  • Patent number: D493058
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: CD3 Storage System, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene Hunt, Verlon Eugene Whitehead