Scott has two patents pending

While working at AT&T I colaborated with seveval coworkers to file many invention disclosures. Two of these inventions were selected by AT&T’s legal team as potential patents. Patents for both inventions were filed in 2002. They are still pending.

System and method for providing video program information or video program content to a user [pdf] – If a name said it all and AT&T was granted this patent they would control all TV’s in the US. But alas this is a vague name for a system that would allow a television viewer to tune in to a show after it has started and use the catch me up feature to quickly summarize the portion of the show the viewer missed. This summary could be a voice over, a series of quick clips or anything that catches the viewer up to the current point in the show.

Method and system using docking stations to distribute a set top box between multiple monitors [pdf] – Again a vague name. This patent is for a system allowing the sharing of content between two TV settop boxes. For example you record Seinfeld on your Tivo downstairs. It is late and you want ot watch it on your Tivo upstairs. Bummer. But with this dock you could remove the storage media from the downstairs Tivo and plug it into the upstairs Tivo. Voila!

This dock could also allow simpler upgrades of storage capacity and features. Depending on what elements of the settop box are in the dock the entire smarts of the box including the codec could be upgraded by just replacing the removable module.

4001 Discovery Spam




4001 spam

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

I recently got this great bit of spam. They are offering to let me refinance 4001 Discovery Drive for $150,000. It is a great deal since 4001 is a Qwest building where I used to work. I suspect it is worth many millions.

Flickr Rocks




Flickr Badge

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

I recently committed to Flickr. Both financially, $20 a year, and my time, the time to get all my photos online and somewhat organized.

In the last seven or eight years I have planned to get my photos online. But despite several tries I never got more then about 100 up. It was too time consuming.

But now, with Flickr.com, I have about 1500 up and ready to share. Flickr makes it very easy to upload and to organize. By next week I think I will have all my photos up.

You can check out my collection at flickr.com/photos/sebrenner/.

If you haven’t tried Flickr before I think you will be impressed. Every photo is tagged with all the words I could think to describe the photo. For example this badge has the following tags:
Badge
ID
Me
Flickr

If you want to see all my photos from Colorado you can click the Colorado tag and you will get a complete collection of Colorado photos. If you want to see my camping photos same thing. Click on the camping tag and they are all there. And you can combine tags. Combining camping and Colorado will get you only the pictures related to camping and Colorado.

Flickr uses an interest technic to display the tags. They are shown alphabetically and the relative size of the type indicates how many of my photos share that tag.

Another nice feature allows you to browse other people’s photos too. After looking at my Colorado pictures you can click on the link to everyone’s Colorado pictures and see thousand and thousand of other’s photo related Colorado.

Please take a look and if you like the way it works consider joining. There is both a free version and Pro version. The only difference is how many photos you can upload.