Configuration Patents (Class 715/735)
  • Patent number: 8566876
    Abstract: In an Internet protocol television network, a set-top box includes a social network interface module and a remote control interface module. The social network interface module receives a first selection of a content item from the remote control interface module, and receives a second selection of a comment from the remote control interface module. The social network interface module also posts the second selection on a social network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott Morris, Nicholas P. Hill, Troy C. Meuninck, Virginia S. Ng
  • Patent number: 8560109
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to bi-directional communication between an Integrated Circuit (IC) layout editor and various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers. Further, the present invention provides a bi-directional control between the IC layout editor and the various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers and allows substantially simultaneous display of an IC design in various IC mask layout data formats. The IC layout editor and the various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers include various tools. The bi-directional communication connects these tools to form connected tools. Subsequently, the actions performed by a connected tool in response to user interactions are synchronized with the actions performed by other connected tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron A. Parr, Rodney Rigby, Cody Kyrobie, Li-Chien Ting
  • Patent number: 8560958
    Abstract: A system and method that includes line connection navigation in a block diagram by highlighting connections through navigable blocks in the diagram, edit-time label propagation along connections and through navigable blocks that can propagate labels through their ports, API to define navigability between block ports, and displaying implied connections between blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Haihua Feng, Ramamurthy Mani, Donald Paul Orofino, II, John Edward Ciolfi
  • Publication number: 20130268861
    Abstract: A method of allocating cloud resources. A user interface can be presented to a user. The user interface can be configured to receive a user selection of a change of context for at least one of a plurality of workloads allocated to at least one cloud. Responsive to receiving the user selection of the change of context for the workload, via a processor, a service level agreement applicable to the workload can be dynamically changed from a first service level agreement to a second service level agreement, while the workload remains in an available state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: BRET A. BAILEY, JOSEPH E. HACKETT, LEONARD S. HAND
  • Patent number: 8543916
    Abstract: The system and method described herein for recording collaborative information technology processes in an intelligent workload management system may include a computing environment having a model-driven, service-oriented architecture for creating collaborative threads to manage workloads. In particular, the management threads may include one or more data structures that converge information describing interaction between managed entities and content that may relate to such interaction in time-ordered series of events. The time-ordered event stream may then be replayed in a real-time stream to remediate, roll back, or otherwise analyze the collaborative information technology processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. B. Anderson, Robert Wipfel, Jonathan Golan
  • Patent number: 8543936
    Abstract: Graphical user interfaces and method for building Boolean queries and viewing search results using search cells, combination cells, toolbar, and menu bar. Search cells are movable within a workspace and contain a text field, facet type designation, advanced button, and hit count. Categories are chosen using a category walker. Combination cells, a Boolean combination of two or more selected search cells, are also movable and contain a combine icon, hit count, and an expression field. The Boolean query is depicted in a folder tree hierarchy, where search folders are shown within combination folders, which are represented as logical AND, OR, or MINUS folder icons. An applet in a browser accesses a server through the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Data Ace, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Neale, Loren L. Hart, Charlton D. Rose
  • Publication number: 20130246921
    Abstract: A content receiver may establish a communication connection with an entertainment system component. Utilizing the communication connection, the content receiver may control the entertainment system component in order to synchronize user interfaces the content receiver is operable to provide with user interfaces the entertainment system component is operable to provide. Hence, the user interfaces provided by the various entertainment system components may more closely resemble user interfaces of the content receiver, reducing user confusion. The content receiver may synchronize such user interfaces by altering software of the entertainment system component. In altering the software, the content receiver may replace or modify the software to change one or more aspects of one or more entertainment system user interfaces to that of one or more aspects of a content receiver user interface. The aspects may include visual properties, audio properties, and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Echostar Ukraine, LLC
    Inventors: Hans Meijer, Zane Eaton
  • Publication number: 20130246922
    Abstract: An automatically provisioned virtual private data center provided on a cloud network of multiple virtual private data centers that reside in one or more physical data centers and may migrate between multiple physical data centers. The VPDC is a encapsulated virtual structure provisioned according to customer selected options within a virtual data center having one or more foundation nodes. Different service profiles are provided in a provisioning interface to the customer, each defining several configuration specifics that are used to automatically provision a VPDC for the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Doerr, Kenneth R. Owens, JR., John Chi Yung
  • Patent number: 8533601
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring devices such as servers in one or more data centers. In one embodiment of the method a first graphical user interface is displayed on a computer system such as a desktop computer system. The first graphical user interface may include first and second graphical elements corresponding to first and second system racks, respectively, within a data center. The first system rack may include a plurality of computer systems such as servers. The second system rack may also include a plurality of computer systems such as servers. The first graphical element may include first visual information identifying a location of the first system rack on a floor within the data center, and the second graphical element may include second visual information identifying a location of the second system rack on the floor within the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Mark LaForest
  • Patent number: 8527872
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the invention enable a user to establish, configure, and associate one or more output devices with a file. Prior art applications provide for configuring an output device (e.g., a printer) on an application wide basis. Users often format a file or document based on an output device. Consequently, it is useful to associate an output device with a particular file or information. In graphics programs, a user may define a drawing (referred to as a model) with various layouts or views of the drawing. Each layout or view may be formatted for a particular output device. Consequently, one or more embodiments of the invention associate one or more files, layouts, or views with one or more output devices. Additionally, each output device may be configured for a particular file, layout, or view. One or more embodiments of the invention provide for the association of one or more output device configurations with one or more files, layouts, or views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Small
  • Patent number: 8526316
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the invention enable a computer-implemented method for global data synchronization and a computer system for communicating with a global data synchronization network. A server interface configuration file is used which describes a server interface configuration comprises declarative definitions of data attributes, format information, and a data pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Nimrod Vishnia-Shabtai, Sachar Sagi
  • Patent number: 8516376
    Abstract: Identifying changes between network data processing systems is provided. A first number of attributes for a network data processing system are identified by a processor unit. A second number of attributes for a number of potential network data processing systems are identified by the processor unit. A graphical user interface with a graphical representation of a comparison of the first number of attributes and the second number of attributes is displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Manuel Dias, Claude Alexander Greengard, Vijay K. Naik
  • Patent number: 8516217
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product for managing partitionable resources in a logically partitioned computing system is disclosed. The method includes associating each of a plurality of partitionable resources in the logically partitioned computing system with a respective file entry in a virtual file system, associating each of a plurality of partitionable resources in the logically partitioned computing system with a respective file entry in a virtual file system, and allocating a first partitionable resource among the plurality of partitionable resources to a first logical partition among the plurality of logical partitions in response to a file system operation directed to the virtual file system to organize a respective file entry for the first partitionable resource within the respective directory for the first logical partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan M. Logan, Nicholas J. Rogness, Steven E. Royer
  • Patent number: 8510156
    Abstract: Provided is a viewing terminal apparatus that can present an appropriate result of statistics on viewing of a content for diversified viewing modes. The viewing terminal apparatus includes: a category determining unit that determines, as a viewer category, a relationship between viewers who are viewing a content displayed on a display; a transmitting unit that transmits, to the viewing statistics-gathering apparatus, first viewing status information indicating the content that is being viewed by the viewers and the viewer category determined by the category determining unit, the content being associated with the viewer category; and a viewing statistics presenting unit that obtains viewing statistics information from the viewing statistics-gathering apparatus, and presents a result of statistics that is (i) indicated by the obtained viewing statistics information and (ii) a result of statistics on viewing of a content only by viewers who belong to a predetermined viewer category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Kazuya Nomura, Tomohiro Konuma, Maki Yamada, Shigenori Maeda
  • Patent number: 8504920
    Abstract: The present invention is related to providing faster and more efficient ways to deploy and manage virtual server configurations in a hosted virtual server service. Broadly, a web interface allows a user to set conditions upon which specific types of virtual servers will be instantiated or terminated on a third-party hosted virtual server service. For example, the user may wish to instantiate a new virtual server each time the load on existing virtual servers exceeds a predetermined threshold. The web interface may also allow a user to select from among a plurality of hosted virtual server services. The web interface may further allow a user to incorporate dynamic variables into configurations of instantiated virtual servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Rightscale, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten von Eicken, Rafael Saavedra
  • Publication number: 20130198637
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying cloud services availability and configuration information which have particular applicability in an environment where a cloud service provider offers virtual data center services to numerous commercial customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SunGard Availability Services LP
    Inventor: SunGard Availability Services LP
  • Patent number: 8499243
    Abstract: An information processing device (100) includes a command management unit (101) storing a command in association with a parameter, an instruction receiving unit (104) receiving a user operation performed on an icon displayed on a display screen, a display control unit (10) causing an object icon identifying an object to be displayed in a first display area of the display screen, and an instruction generation unit (115) generating an instruction which is a group of the command and the parameter. The display control unit (10) further causes a command icon identifying a command executable on an operation target object to be displayed in a second display area, and causes a parameter icon identifying a parameter associated with the selected command to be displayed in a third display area. When at least two command icons are selected, the instruction generation unit (115) generates an instruction such that at least two commands identified by these two command icons respectively are executed in order of selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yuki
  • Publication number: 20130191755
    Abstract: Remote commissioning for an automation system enables a retailer to sell a new device to a customer pre-configured to work together with devices that are already a part of the user's automation system. Knowledge of how the devices are likely to be used at the automation system's location, a list of existing devices already installed and how they are configured, possible input from the customer, and the end user's current usage patterns are optionally used to configure the devices before they leave the store. Assisted local commissioning for an automation device enables an end user to commission devices themselves by simplifying the installation and commissioning process. The system uses a reference database of devices that includes information on how to commission the devices along with user-manual information and pictures for physical installation, and setup instructions so the system can walk a user through the process step by step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Zonoff, Inc.
    Inventor: Zonoff, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8495497
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for graphically mapping compatible processing updates. The method includes employing a processor for tracking updates for processing instruction packages. The method further includes determining compatibility between each of the processing instruction packages. The method additionally includes linking combinations of compatible processing instruction packages together. The method also includes providing a map of one or more combinations of linked compatible processing instruction packages and tracked updates for the plurality of processing instruction packages to a graphical user interface for facilitating selection of tracked updates for the plurality of processing instruction packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent C. Conzola, Todd M. Eischeid, David B. Lection, Mark E. Molander
  • Patent number: 8489728
    Abstract: Model-based system monitoring includes accessing a model of a system that includes multiple components and executing a monitoring policy to monitor performance of the system. A notification of a problem is received from a first component. A determination is made regarding the cause of the problem. The determination is made, at least in part, based on the model of the system. At least one component associated with the cause of the problem is then identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anders B. Vinberg, Anand Lakshminarayanan, Ashvinkumar J. Sanghvi, Vij Rajarajan, Vitaly Voloshin, Bassam Tabbara, Kevin Grealish, Rob Mensching, Geoffrey Outhred, Galen C. Hunt, Aamer Hydrie, Robert V. Welland
  • Patent number: 8489995
    Abstract: The present invention is related to providing faster and more efficient ways to deploy and manage virtual server configurations in a hosted virtual server service. Broadly, a web interface allows a user to set conditions upon which specific types of virtual servers will be instantiated or terminated on a third-party hosted virtual server service. For example, the user may wish to instantiate a new virtual server each time the load on existing virtual servers exceeds a predetermined threshold. The web interface may also allow a user to select from among a plurality of hosted virtual server services. The web interface may further allow a user to incorporate dynamic variables into configurations of instantiated virtual servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Rightscale, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten von Eicken, Rafael Saavedra
  • Patent number: 8483853
    Abstract: In general, techniques of controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a mechanism is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Lambourne
  • Patent number: 8484567
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for personalizing software programs in a computer system. In accordance with one implementation, default values for personalization data adapted to or harmonized with the individual needs or preferences of the end-user are provided to a plurality of end-users at start-up of a program. Further, two personalization levels are provided, including a first personalization level containing administrative personalization data which can be set by a system administrator, and a second personalization level containing individual personalization data, which can be set by the end-user. A data filing system for this personalization data may be of a hierarchical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Dirk Ahlert, Christian Guenther, Jochen Kountz
  • Publication number: 20130174042
    Abstract: A display apparatus, an upgrading apparatus, a display system, and a control method thereof. The display apparatus includes: an image processor which processes an image signal; a display which displays an image based on the processed image signal; a connector to which an upgrading apparatus for processing the image signal is connected; a controller which controls the connector to receive upgrade information about a function to be upgraded from the upgrading apparatus if the upgrading apparatus is connected to the display apparatus through the connector, and controls the display to display the received upgrade information. Thus, a user can easily recognize the functions improved or added by the upgrade as compared with that before the upgrade, and a user may become more comfortable and confident about the upgrade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130174043
    Abstract: Improved techniques for controlling operation of a portable electronic device are disclosed. Portable electronic devices which interact with a host electronic device can have their operational settings (e.g., configurations or preferences) remotely controlled. As a result, a host electronic device can offer a more sophisticated user interface and portable electronic devices need less local user interface features because these operational settings can be remotely controlled. The remotely-controlled (i.e., host controlled) operational settings are transferred to the portable electronic devices, whereby the portable electronic devices can thereafter operate in accordance with such settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Apple Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130151976
    Abstract: A method, data processing system and computer program product for sharing displayed content. A content displayed on a source computer system is shared with a set of target computer systems, wherein the content is displayed on a target display on each target computer system in the set of target computer systems. In response to a change in the content displayed on the source computer system, a progress in displaying the change in the content on the target display on the each target computer system in the set of target computer systems is identified. An indication of the progress in displaying the change in the content on the target display on the each target computer system in the set of target computer systems is generated at the source computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 8464156
    Abstract: An interactive product configurator includes a constraint network having a plurality of nodes. The configurator receives a new user choice after previously asserting one or more default decisions. The configurator then retracts the previously asserted default decisions before asserting the new user choice. The default decisions are then reasserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Claire M. Bagley, Martin P. Plotkin, Michael Colena
  • Publication number: 20130145274
    Abstract: An example product configuration system includes a Configuration Input Manager that receives a selection of configuration parameters from a system user and coordinates obtaining input from the external information sources regarding the selected configuration parameters. Requests for input are transmitted along a plurality of communication channels individually selected for each configuration parameter. The Configuration Builder then assimilates the various input, such as the collective knowledge, opinions, preferences, experience, and other input provided by the external information sources, and compiles that information to generate a plurality of proposed product configurations that are consistent with the information provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George T. Jacob Sushil, Kalapriya Kannan
  • Publication number: 20130132850
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for network topology information for a network. The request includes an identifier for a requesting entity and an identifier for the network. The method also includes accessing network topology information for the network based on the identifier for the network. The network topology information identifies a plurality of network elements in the network and defines a relationship between the network elements. A diagrammatic view of the network topology is determined based on the network topology information for the network. The method includes determining one or more aspects of at least one network element based on the identifier for the requesting entity. The method further includes associating the one or more aspects to the at least one network element to form a customized diagrammatic view of the network topology. The method also includes providing the customized diagrammatic view of the network topology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Vijayaraman Subramanian, Ambati Veera Venkata Praveen Kumar Reddy
  • Patent number: 8443288
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling and interacting with devices across a network using a ubiquitous companion. In one implementation, a ubiquitous companion includes: an agent interface for communicating with an agent residing on a host device accessible to the companion, and accessing host device data indicating one or more capabilities of the host device; a command interface for building one or more agent commands according to the host device data and a request selection received from a user through the host device; an output interface for providing feedback to the user through the host device in a format that is adapted according to the host device data; and a controller for controlling interaction among the agent interface, the command interface, and the output interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Corporation
    Inventor: James S. Mercs
  • Patent number: 8432565
    Abstract: A method of assigning a job in a document processing environment may include receiving, by a first resource, an identifier and a job. The first resource may be in communication with a plurality of second resources in a document processing environment. The identifier may correspond to a profile corresponding to one or more users. The job may have a job type. A customized interface may be displayed on the resource. The customized interface may present one or more options based on the job type and the profile. A selected value may be received for the one or more options. The profile may be updated with the one or more selected values. The job may be performed using the one or more selected values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Carl R. Bothner, Bruce Edward Talbert
  • Patent number: 8418064
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for displaying node information in wireless sensor networks. An exemplary system has logic that is configured to display a list of nodes in a wireless sensor network. The logic is further configured to display a plurality of function identifiers in response to a first user input identifying one of the nodes, and the function identifiers identify a plurality of functions and a script image of the one node. The logic is further configured to receive a second user input selecting one of the function identifiers and to transmit a remote procedure call through the wireless network to the one node in response to the second user input. The one node is configured to run the function or script image identified by the selected function identifier in response to the remote procedure call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Synapse Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Guagenti, David B. Ewing
  • Patent number: 8418071
    Abstract: Creating and using configuration diagrams for configuring distributed systems. The methods described herein may be used for various types of operations in configuring distributed systems, including creating programs, managing programs in the distributed system, deploying programs to various distributed devices, configuring remote execution or inter-operation of distributed programs, and executing distributed applications. Embodiments of the invention utilize graphical iconic-based techniques for performing the above operations. The configuration diagram may include device icons which represent devices and program icons which represent programs. Device icons and program icons may be associated with each other to accomplish various program creation and deployment operations. Device icons and program icons may also interact with graphical program nodes or icons. Context sensitive device connections and/or program connections are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Kodosky, Darshan Shah, Steven W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8407597
    Abstract: A computing device receives a setting of a customizable preference for an interface element of a user interface and receives a definition for an event associated with the setting. The computing device monitors for an occurrence of the event and receives an indication of the occurrence of the event. The computing device also obtains the setting associated with the event, applies the setting to the interface element, and renders, for presentation on a display, the interface element based on the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Christopher Tom
  • Patent number: 8396966
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and an apparatus for creating visual representations of farms that enables connecting farms securely. In one embodiment, a visual representation of a first farm and a visual representation of a second farm are created. A visual representation of a secure connection is created. The visual representation of the first farm is associated with a first end of the visual representation of the secure connection. The visual representation of the second farm is associated with the second end of the visual representation of the secure connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Andrew Graves, Philip John Day
  • Patent number: 8392837
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a browser supporting multiple user identifying states. A plurality of browser instances are initiated on a client. One of a plurality of user identifying states is selected for each of the plurality of browser instances. Each selected user identifying state is used in a distinct session between the browser and a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ding Li
  • Patent number: 8392841
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes, on a client system, displaying a translucent overlay over a first web page displayed in a browser. A plurality of visually distinct sections of the first web page is displayed on the translucent overlay. Each section corresponds to a plurality of hypothetical browser sizes used to view the first web page. In each respective section a percentage corresponding to one of a portion of the community of users that can see or cannot see at least the respective section is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Bowden, Arthur Blume
  • Publication number: 20130055090
    Abstract: A configuration management system (100) bundles (10) configuration items representing corresponding information technology components into composite configuration items, where each of the composite configuration items has plural associated configuration items. The configuration management system (100) presents (12) the composite configuration items for visualization, where the visualization specifies relations among the composite configuration items based on relations among the configuration items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Yuval Carmel, Ary Dvoretz, Ido Ish-Hurwitz, Doron Tvizer, Oded Zilinsky, Sergey Steblin
  • Patent number: 8387051
    Abstract: A smart scheduler is provided to prepare a machine for a job, wherein the job has specific requirements, i.e., dimensions. One or more config jobs are identified to configure the machine to meet the dimensions of the job. Information concerning the machine's original configuration and groupings of config jobs that change the machine's configuration are cached in a central storage. The smart scheduler uses information in the central storage to identify a suitable machine and one or more config jobs to configure the machine to meet the dimensions of a job. The smart scheduler schedules a run for the config jobs on the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Hari S. Narayan, Sivaprasad V. Padisetty, Venkata S. S. Remany
  • Patent number: 8386937
    Abstract: Methods to match certain context of commands directed to a network technology or a network design from configuration files and a user interface to display these results. A language with the simple syntax similar to the human language is provided. The language includes rules to define the parameter and syntax for the parameter operations and also standard functions to parse commands. A script file can be conveniently written in this language to filter the desired contexts from a configuration file. In the exemplary embodiment, the system translates the script file to an executable standard Perl programming and Perl programming is run with the configuration file as the input. The result is displayed in the graphic user interface, which is designed to work with an interactive network topology map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: NetBrain Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Lingping Gao, Guangdong Liao
  • Patent number: 8364801
    Abstract: A method for managing a network element inventory for a video and data network is provided. The method includes self-discovering a physical network inventory of the video and data network. Additionally, a logical network inventory of the video and data network is self-discovered. Further, a planned network inventory of the video and data network is provided. Once the planned, logical, and physical network inventories are collected, the physical network inventory, logical network inventory, and planned network inventory are loaded into the network element inventory. After loading, synchronization of the physical network inventory, logical network inventory, and planned network inventory in the network element inventory is performed. A view is then provided using the synchronized physical network inventory, logical network inventory, and planned network inventory when a request for the view of the network element inventory is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Cerami, Roxanna Storaasli
  • Patent number: 8365096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that personalizes preferences for a thin client using custom menus is disclosed. The method may include receiving registering capabilities from the thin client, storing feature list for all devices, generation of a custom alert settings menu based on the thin client's capabilities, storing selected alert settings, and generating a list of all registered devices that have similar alert capabilities as the thin client. The custom menu can be viewed by a user on any device that has display capabilities. The user can select from among the alert settings supported by the thin client or select the alert settings for the thin client that is similar to a registered device. Apparatus is also provided for mapping alert capabilities from the feature list and the received alert preferences from a user. Thin client mapping of mapping of alert type is also provided for processing an alert request from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Braun, William M. Carey, William A. Myers, Nitya Narasimhan, William Reinisch, Craig C. Watson
  • Publication number: 20130013677
    Abstract: This invention is about a distributed dashboard system including related server side and communication related functionality. The key idea is loosely defined metadata for the input data coupled with the fact that metadata can be defined after the data is loaded to the system. Usually metadata gives some kind of meaning to all of the data that it covers, in the current invention only the part that is relevant for the use of the dashboard needs to be mapped. In known data import and processing applications the “import file specification” is defined before the data is introduced, but in current invention the data can be loaded before, and then the meaning given in “point and click” fashion after the data is loaded. Users can then subscribe to different kind of gauges (that make up the dashboard) in order to construct their own dashboard, this subscribing happens mostly in a web based user interface, but might also be allowed from the dashboard itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ABILE MOBILE AS
    Inventors: Timo Esko Engstrom, Jukka Petri Partanen, German Gluskov
  • Patent number: 8352866
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for adapting a network topology, in which the network topology comprises a plurality of points, a plurality of connections, each connection connecting a pair of points, and a zoneset comprising a plurality of zones, each zone defining a series of points that are connected. The mechanism performs operations of receiving one or more user inputs, each user input comprising a change to a zone, performing an analysis of the or each user input, to determine one or more consistent universal changes to the zoneset, presenting an output to the user comprising one or more of the determined consistent universal changes to the zoneset, receiving a selection user input selecting a presented consistent universal change to the zoneset, and changing the zoneset according to the selected consistent universal change to the zoneset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Iain A. Bethune, Gordon D. Hutchison, Bruce J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8352868
    Abstract: A method for selectively controlling allocation of one or more computing resources for a process. The method includes providing a user option to execute a process using local or remote computing resources and then executing the process using a selected option. A more specific method includes predetermining two or more allocation options; displaying a plurality of the predetermined allocation options, wherein each option indicates a different allocation of resources between at least one resource on a local computing system and at least one resource on a remote computing system, wherein the resources; determining, by using the local computing system, a function to be performed; accepting a signal from a user-input device to select one of the plurality of options in association with performing the function; allocating the resources in accordance with the selected option; and then using the selected resource allocation to accomplish a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, Richard Pocklington
  • Patent number: 8341624
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for scheduling a resource used by a virtual machine. In one embodiment, the method comprises generating information regarding utilization of a resource by a virtual machine, where the resource is used by the virtual machine to generate a media stream for communication with a remote computer, where information comprises a quality prediction for encoding the media stream and adjusting an allocation of the resource for use by the virtual machine based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Teradici Corporation
    Inventor: David Victor Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8335987
    Abstract: A product configurator is based on a constraint network having a plurality of nodes. The product configurator, when it receives a user choice, determines which nodes in the constraint network are affected by the user choice. For each affected node, the product configurator stores the prior domain state of the node and associates the stored prior domain state with the user choice. Therefore, the nodes can be restored to their prior state if the user choice is later removed for any reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Claire M. Bagley, Martin P. Plotkin, Michael Colena
  • Publication number: 20120311450
    Abstract: A mechanism for customizing an operating system installer via a web-based interface is disclosed. A method of the invention includes providing a web-based interface that enables an end user to customize a kickstart file to install an operating system (OS) on a computing machine of the end user, identifying a base kickstart file template selected by the end user via the web-based interface, identifying one or more customizations to the base kickstart file template that are selected by the end user via the web-based interface, modifying the base kickstart file template with the one or more customizations selected by the end user to create a modified kickstart file, and providing the modified kickstart file to the end user for use by an OS installer of the computing machine in installing an OS that includes the one or more customizations selected by the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Shreyank Gupta
  • Patent number: 8321803
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for aggregating service components in a data processing system according to predefined aggregation rules. The method includes providing a plurality of visual elements, each visual element representing a corresponding service component; selecting a new visual element for addition to an aggregation structure; determining a set of eligible visual elements of eligible service components among the instantiated service components; associating a visual cue with the eligible visual elements; and aggregating the new service component to a selected eligible service component in the aggregation structure. The new service component is compatible for aggregation with each eligible service component according to the aggregation rules. The aggregation structure includes an aggregation of instantiated visual elements of instantiated service components to define an aggregated service according to the aggregation of the instantiated service components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fabio Benedetti, Salvatore D'Alo', Marco De Santis, Arcangelo Di Balsamo, Rosario Gangemi, Giovanni Lanfranchi, Scot Maclellan, Luigi Pichetti
  • Publication number: 20120297306
    Abstract: A wireless device that automatically forms a connection to a remote device in accordance with a peer-to-peer protocol. The remote device may be designated as an auto-connect device for the wireless device such that, when the wireless device determines that it is in the vicinity of the auto-connect device, it can re-form a connection to the remote device based on stored information for re-establishing connections among a persistent group of devices, but without any express user input. When a user requests that the wireless device perform a function that involves interaction with an auto-connect device, that function may be performed with the delay associated with forming a connection. Any of multiple techniques may be employed for identifying devices designated as auto-connect devices and for determining when the wireless device and a remote, auto-connect devices are in close proximity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: AMER A. HASSAN, MITESH K. DESAI, MAHMOUD S. ELHADDAD, TRIDEEPRAJ ROYCHOUDHURY