Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:07 UTC
Mac OS X Normally we don't report on every fart that gets patented by the big companies, but the following patent by Apple is actually pretty interesting: Apple has patented a method to store a user's ~/ directory (home directory) on external storage (the iPod?), making it portable. This will enable users to carry all their settings, programs, and files with them, so they can load up any Mac in the world with their own settings, programs, and files. Obviously, this is 'just' a patent, and by no means a definitive feature of Leopard or Leopard+1, but interesting nonetheless. Is this Apple's answer to Google's OS?
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by google_ninja on Thu 12th Oct 2006 13:26 UTC
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or at least the comments, this has already been mentioned. and I quote:

"By coupling the external, portable data store to another multi-user computer, a user is able to log-in to any supporting multi-user computer and be presented with their user configuration and user directory," the patent filing explains.

"Since the data store that stores the user account is not only external but also portable, a user can simply tote the data store to the location of different multi-user computers. In one embodiment, the external, portable data store can not only store the user account but can also provide general data storage. In another embodiment, the external, portable data store can be a portion of a portable computing device (for example, a media player) that provides other functionality besides data storage,"

that doesnt seem like a backup, copy, floppy disk or briefcase to me....

Edited 2006-10-12 13:27

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by Bit_Rapist on Thu 12th Oct 2006 16:28 in reply to "RTFA"
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that doesnt seem like a backup, copy, floppy disk or briefcase to me....

Right, it would be the equivilent of storing a RUP profile in windows on a removable device.

I personally don't see it being such a big deal that its worth a patent but hey MS got a patent for a mouse click so WTF.

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