Why you need two computers when working for IBM

by Volker Weber

Within exemplary embodiments of the present invention repeating calendar event scheduling application options are implemented to support the implementation of a distraction-free meeting event. This aspect is accomplished by the calendar event invitation specifically stating that the meeting is expected to be distraction free, and as such, the acceptance of a meeting invitation would require that the meeting invitee submit to the computing system suspension requirements that are necessitated to initiate a distraction-free meeting. This meeting policy is enforced by the calendar event scheduling application being configured to effectively suspend the local activity of a computing system or incoming and outgoing communication requests that are received at the computing system.

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what ever happened to the days of simply saying, "this is a no laptop meeting", and trusting attendees, rather than treting them like morons

Glen Salmon, 2009-03-10

For the record: I hereby declare my invention that in extension to said patent also the acceptance of a meeting invitation would require that the meeting invitee submit to the living system suspension requirements that are necessitated to initiate a distraction-free meeting. This meeting policy is enforced by the calendar event scheduling application being configured to effectively suspend the local activity of a human system or ingestion and excretion urges that are perceived at the autonomic nervous system.
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Profit!!

Roland Leißl, 2009-03-10

My brain hurts.

Philipp Sury, 2009-03-10

all I can say is ... WTF Dude ! (?) ... what are we going to be doing next - checking if all users brushed their teeth and combed their hair prior to turning on their cameras?

Victor Toal, 2009-03-10

Was this written by Douglas Adams.... or if you translate it to German it might have come from Loriot, couldn't it? :)

Michael Kobrowski, 2009-03-10

@Victor - no the next step will be a process to determine whether the meeting attendees accepted thier invites enthusiastically or grudgingly. Probably use a formula of time elapse between open invite and accept, + number of public calendars scanned for alternate meeting to use as excuse, + number of job site searches made post invite open to avoid all future similar meetings.

Peter Smith, 2009-03-10

This is the kind of outside-the-box innovation, patent-deserving, clear-thinking we've come to expect from IBM....

Craig Wiseman, 2009-03-10

I sincerely hope that application was made in jest. If not, FSM help the human race ;o)

Ben Poole, 2009-03-10

Hej, it is a text for a PATENT - so you don't expect something nice to read, do you? I can't see the problem.


Martin Imbeck, 2009-03-10

That hurts .. really hurts

Eileen Fitzgerald, 2009-03-10


Aside from the insanely over stated description, this would preclude me from attending most meetings.

Andrew Pollack, 2009-03-11

I am not sure you would have a choice.

I found the concept quite hilarious. It forces people to become even less productive.

Volker Weber, 2009-03-11

Maybe I am not getting it due to language barriers, but is it not describing the same like todays preference of Sametime Client "If I have a Meeting in the calendar, then change my status automatically to 'I am in a meeting'" that exists today (see http://tinyurl.com/bgomgp on how to enable it), only the other way round? I guess that 'the other way round' is inventive enough to grant it a patent status ;-)

Gregory Engels, 2009-03-11

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