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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: Fri, 07 May 2004 17:46:17 -0400
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In article <>, (Daniel R. Tobias) wrote:

> (theodp) wrote in message 
> news:<>...
> > While Mainframe and Unix users are unlikely to find it novel that
> > Windows XP allows several family members to share a PC while enabling
> > each to have personalized settings and folders, that's not stopping
> > Microsoft from seeking a patent for 'Methods and arrangements for
> > providing multiple concurrent desktops and workspaces in a shared
> > computing environment,' the USPTO disclosed Thursday.
> Aren't all the mainframe timesharing systems, some of which were
> around 30 or 40 years ago, which maintain separate user sessions each
> with their own environment, prior art for this?  As I recall, the APL
> system actually called saved environments "workspaces".

30 years ago, computers didn't even have "desktops", so I don't see how 
they could be considered prior art.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA

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