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Re: 1-Click, Short-Click, Long-Click, More-Clicks (New Microsoft Patent)

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: 1-Click, Short-Click, Long-Click, More-Clicks (New Microsoft Patent)
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 09:16:06 -0400
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In article <s4o3m1-lbh.ln1@grendel.myth>,
 Jim Richardson <> wrote:

> Given that some desktop computers have for several years, turned off, or
> rebooted, based on how long you held the power off button down, and many
> laptops, suspend if you just push the button, and shut off, if you hold
> it down, I'd say that's prior art. Digital clocks that advance the
> numbers slowly one press at a time, or fast, if you hold it down, the
> list of such prior art is pretty long. 

Do you consider advancing the numbers to be "opening an application"?  I 
don't think anyone would seriously consider that to be the same thing as 
the patented methods.

The patent is very specific that it *only* applies to using the click 
timing to vary the way an application is opened.  It says nothing about 
alternate actions within an application, nor about shutting down an 
application or computer.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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