Desktop Environment Assistant

Microsoft is pushing it’s Windows Live services, and is attempting to get consumers to recognize them as a suite.  The only problem I see is that all these tools are too separate.  Even if all the services were to be recognized together, you get the problem of having multiple accounts.  I myself have 2 different active Passport IDs, and I can’t remember how many I started besides these 2.

Yahoo wants you to use all their products, and so does Google, and AOL.  I’m sure there are more, but I am not aware of them simply because they aren’t among the top companies.

I have a concept that will help solve all of these problems.

Left sided tabs represent each online ID desktop environment.  The user can create additional tabs has he/she sees fit, of course.  Each tab displays a desktop-like interface with desktop-like icons specifically available for that environment (ie. WindowsLive has Messenger, OfficeLive, website, Spaces blog site, LiveWriter, OneCare, Expo, Gallery, Local, etc.).  Each icon/opened item can be dragged around freely just as if it was on the Desktop.  Each tabbed ‘desktop’ also maintains the selected email/ID, separate from other tabs and the actual desktop.  To handle this is a ‘sandbox’ type of behavior (I found some program called ‘sandbox’ that keeps incoming data from reaching your system, and therefore protecting it from spyware/viruses/etc).  Each tab filters the data, coming in and going out, to prevent data confusion/corruption.  There should also be an option to give each tab it’s own IP address for extra security, like a virtual router.

A user can have multiple identities in a particular suite, kept on and have full usage, simultaneously.  For instance, I have could have 2 tabs for WindowsLive, one for each WL ID I have.  I could have a YahooID, AOL ID, GoogleID, etc. all running at the same time as my 2 Live IDs.

The original Desktop could be kept offline, running offline programs.  Another tab could be made for online games, or other programs you’d like to have Internet access with.  This would give a computer user multiple Desktops, even multiple ‘offline only’ tabs if they want.

This would also be a useful tool for multiple users.  A user could password individual tabs, and prevent children from accessing particular websites/programs/etc., not to mention user privacy, without actually having to sign out of Windows.

All of this behavior would be much more user friendly, and less confusing, to newbie users.  Imagine that the desktop is ‘offline only’, and a specific tab, or 2, is for each users online access (for a family shared system).  Younger children would be safe on the main ‘offline’ desktop, and have a tab for Disney/Nickelodeon ID/web access only.  The teens in the family would have access to the same offline programs, and a tab with much more access to the net, and maybe the young child’s tab as well.

[edited: 08-08-07] I found a link to a new software being developed that can extend this behavior even more so for offline software!

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Posted by on August 3, 2007 in Computers and Internet


New Virtual MMO World Game Idea

Virtual MMO world.  No action, storyline, or anything like that.  Simple virtual world with cafés, stores, mountains, rivers, etc… all like real life.  Mostly for a lobby type of experience for chatting, buying virtual goods, horseback riding, owning a home, a car, etc.

Throw in ‘real’ stores for buying of real life products.  Make it a cool experience in a virtual society.

All of this can be developed in the long run, but the key thing is…

Movie theaters.  People can go into the virtual theaters and watch movies, or at least some movie like behavior displayed.

Allow the virtual people to walk into the screen to join an MMO game.  If they see the theater playing a fantasy theme movie, they walk into the screen to join a fantasy-based MMO game.  The virtual person from the ‘real’ virtual world has the same hair, face, coloration, etc, but now they change clothing to match the theme of the MMO game.

When returning to the same theater, the player continues at the point he/she last left.  But going to another theater starts at the beginning.

Anything that happens in the ‘movies’ that would be a ‘permanent’ thing (scars, tattoos, etc) are still a part of the character when he/she leaves the ‘movie’, but everything else (clothing, items, etc) are left inside… including hitpoint loss (maybe a scar remains).  Leveling up in a particular ‘movie’ could amount to anything from merit badges to additions items that can be taken into multiple movies with possibly different behaviors (ie. an action movie gun taken into a comedy my become a squirt gun).  This part is changeable as the game is built, to increase interest or create better balance.

Available movies:

  • Fantasy (elves, orcs, monsters, etc)
  • Horror (vampires, werewolves, etc)
  • Action (shooters, military, stealthy, 007, etc)
  • SciFi (Star Wars like, futuristic adventure, etc)
  • Dramas (soap operas, real-life-like stories, etc – great attraction for girls/women)
  • Comedy (cartoons – funny in itself, keystone cop-like, etc)
  • Mystery (could be any theme, but rely on figuring out the killer, or escape adventure, etc)
  • Casual/Puzzle (shown as ‘coming attraction previews’ on-screen – or left in the virtual ‘real’ world on café tables or in a library)

As new MMOs are developed, a new movie theater or a ‘now playing’ change on an existing theater, can be made.

Upgrades can add to the virtual ‘real world’ to give more things to do (scuba diving, additional cafés, or whatever-depending on usage/crowding and ideas) that can be added with a server upgrade or whatever.

The general concept is similar to ‘Second Life’ meets ‘World of Warcraft’/’Anarchy Online’/’Battlefield 2’/etc

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Posted by on July 26, 2007 in Computers and Internet


Standardized Realistic 3D Model of Reality

Here is the idea I just pitched to Microsoft’s "ideas" internal site (Sunday, September 18, 2005).  As an additional thought, with current issues in mind, this could be a way of simplifying/organizing the patent office confusion.


Please describe what your idea is.

Standardized Realistic 3D Model of Reality


Please describe how your idea will work.

Standardize a single file, maybe based at least partially in XML, which described every physical aspect of an object in real world.  This could be everything from the dimensions, moving parts (including a reference to each individual part file), density, material used, real-world behavior (like a ball bouncing), etc., and leaving room in the file for future enhancements of the description and quality of the object.


Give this file a name of .##.DOB, where the ## represents a number for the level of detail in this file (to maintain file size and quality needed), and DOB meaning Dimensional OBject.

For example:  SaturnVUE2005.30.DOB

Obviously, this file would represent an object describing a model of a vehicle.  The 30 would representative of the fact that it is detailed to a relatively low level, maybe limited to surface area and interior, for a consumer purchase at a dealership for instance.


 Have included in an upcoming version of Windows, or an add-on freely distributed, a viewer that can display this file type, in full 3D and viewable by any angle, up to maybe 50, but not edit it beyond color changing.  Then sell a full program that allows editing and creating similar files at a higher level.  This would be similar to a Word Document Viewer compared to MSWord itself.


Please describe how your idea will help.

People tend to collect things like stamps, books, coins, cars, etc.  This would allow people to collect objects that meet their fancy without actually needing to own the real object.


This would allow for a realistic display of items for sale that are relatively hard to show.  An automotive dealership selling models not on the lot, a boat design, a new style desk.  Color variations could be easily shown to a prospective buyer as well.  Pretty much anything an architect, engineer, designer, etc. could do on paper, but in 3D.  Some dealerships might even throw in a thumb-drive with a 3D model version of the same item just purchased, as an advertising campaign.


This would be easy to allow for realistic game building as well.  Take the popular game Grand Theft Auto, and recreate it by building a world area, throw in DOBs purchased from a DOB designer, pay rights to the internally marked manufacturer (who may have hired the DOB designer to create in the first place, for advertising), and populate the virtual world area with pre-described realistic physical/behaving models like the example mentioned above.


Take this concept into the future.

File sizes are bigger (as are storage and processing speeds), to include better physical details and behaviors in the real world counterparts.

A gamer can take his favorite weapons/toys/vehicles/etc from one game to almost every other game, depending on allowances designed into the game world, with no restrictions because a different company made it.  (i.e. A machine gun and motorcycle from FarCry5 to Doom7 or Half-Life9).

The files are available to everyone from consumer to designer level, and allows for creating of new ideas and inventions beyond imagination.  For instance, the following:

An average person comes up with an inventive idea, and uses some standard parts, creates some new pieces, and modifies some pre-existing pieces to fully design a new invention.  Runs it through a realistic world physics test on his computer to verify it will work as expected.  He could even send it through the internet with the internal workings locked or missing (displayable on any Windows system), to determine if anyone would have need or want of this product.  He would, with a few clicks determine the cost to produce with the designed materials, and decide the price he would need from its sale.  He then puts it on flash memory card, and takes it to a manufacturer with every design, testing, and material already figured before-hand.  With an email or two, he could have it being produced and sold anywhere in the world, knowing it was made exactly as he had planned and tested. 

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Posted by on July 26, 2007 in Computers and Internet


Automotive Network

I had this idea a couple years ago…
There’s a couple layers to this idea.
First, get all the vehicles to have an automatic WiFi type connection with all the other vehicles.  Any signal sent into one (or more) receiver would automatically be sent out to all the other connections nearby in effect the same way the internet connects to other servers.  This network could be used to boost cell phone connections, and if each server/automobile appends it’s ID, locating stolen/missing vehicles could be found almost instantly by the authorities simply by examining the connections listed near it (or maybe also have GPS location appended).
Now make the ID based on (or connectable to) the license plate number (& state).  Now add a simple communications gizmo to the vehicle’s mini-server to allow drivers to send messages to other drivers within sight, but still be relatively anonymous.  Give this device some pre-programmable messages (for ease of use while driving), and you can alert other drivers of things like a broken tail light, or "thanks for cutting me off!" messages.  The police could notify you of an impending speeding ticket, or an ambulance could tell you to move over to the right, or a message could be broadcast to you of construction ahead and which lane(s).
The idea brings quite a few other ideas to mind.
Here’s something similar to this idea:
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Posted by on July 25, 2007 in Computers and Internet


Nagging Idea (Talking to Computers)

"Dragon Naturally Speaking" is supposed to be a really good voice recognition software…
I’m thinking that if I can get it attached to some script monitoring for specific words, I should be able to get a computer taking notes, updating my calendar, sending email, etc.
When I get some time, I’ll check out this Dragon software.
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Posted by on July 25, 2007 in Computers and Internet


A VERY old idea (Peanut Pizza)

I invented this one when I was approximately 5 years old!!!
Peanut Pizza:
Sounds gross, I know, but it’s actually a cookie with marketing potential.  Being 5, I was disuaded from following up with this.  Strangely, the idea stuck with me.
Start with a cookie, maybe a sugar cookie or a Toll House minus chips.  Add caramel or chocolate on the top to represent the pizza sauce.  Now add coconut to represent the cheese.  Now top it off with peanut halves to represent topping.
That is, of course, only a particular variation.  Many other versions (like other versions of actual pizza) can be built with the same premise.  These would need to be taste tested of course.
Now this is one of my inventions I actually managed to try out.  It sucked.  But I am not a very good baker.  With additional experienced resources, this quite possibly turn out to be reasonably marketable.
Not bad for a 5 year old, huh?
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in General Invention


An old idea (Sunvisor)

At 18 (1985), I came up with a 3-piece invention for automobiles.
Main:  Dual-piece sunvisor.  Two sunvisors hinged together, so they could be used independantly from each other, it could be closed to appear as one normal visor, but also open to be used for the windshield and side window.  Both pieces could fold up/out of the way independantly, or closed together.
Extension:  Within the windshield portion of the visor contains a piece of tinted plastic that could be extended to cover additional area up to and including the rear-view mirror.  Behind the rear-view might have been the optimal extended location, or reduced extension.
Additional:  This involves the use of velcro.  The plastic side being on the sunvisor, the soft fuzzy side on multiple sleeves design for common objects (notepad, cigarette packge, pen, etc).  The sunvisor, with a little extra added bulk, could be hollowed slightly for optimal use of this portion of the invention.  It could also be sold seperately as an after-market product.
(Ok, so the picture looks bad, but I hope it helps you envision it).
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in General Invention