The patent's assignee for patent number 8620957 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Systems and methods may have been used for some time for storing computer data files, for example, in a digital format. Computer data files have been stored in random access memory (RAM), punch cards, on tapes, diskettes, compact disks (CDs), flash memories and many other media. Today, large quantities of information may be stored in the form of computer data files. Storing information in computer data files may generally result in the information being easier to retrieve, and easier to search and manipulate using computers, and may require less storage space than other systems and methods for storing information.
"Computer data files may be stored in a primary storage location, as well as in a remote storage location. Computer data files may be stored in a remote system to increase availability to various users, as well as increase memory storage capacity at individual client devices. Remote systems may include network and/or Internet-based drives and storage media.
"There may be network drives that map a network shared data storage resource as a virtual hard disk, including CIFS/SMB based by Microsoft.RTM./
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "This disclosure may provide for optimization of data transfer at many levels during online network drive operations. The time required to operate an application from the point of view of a client may be reduced. This disclosure may also describe customization of a mapped drive user interface, which may allow an advertisement based model that may allow advertisements to be displayed in available space of the drive data interface. Another embodiment of this disclosure may include a centralized web-based storage and/or peer-to-peer storage, or combinations thereof. This configuration may include data which may be stored in many locations on the web instead of only local and/or centrally managed storage.
"Efficiency in transfers may be achieved by using wire compression, or other compression technique, for data transferred between the client computer and a storage location for initial block by block transfers. If the data already exists on the storage location, only the modified blocks may be transferred within a file. Furthermore, existing data may be cached on the client computer for immediate access. Further optimization may be achieved by accomplishing operations directly on stored files instead of downloading the entire file to the client computer. This may have great relevance for certain operations such as edits and saves on Microsoft.RTM. Access.RTM.--type files, among other file types. Further optimization may be achieved by creating a database of commonly stored user data such as, but not limited to, mp3 (music files), video files on server side, and copy or link from the storage to a user account upon verification that the user is attempting to transfer the same file from a local computer to a remote computer with a checksum method, among other verification techniques.
"Furthermore, a shell interface approach may be used, which may provide flexibility in how space within the user interface may be utilized. A shell interface may be configured to generally resemble a drive/file/folder interface, and the largely empty right side of the interface space may be utilized to display content such as, but not limited to, advertisements, among other information. This may be different from the click based text, or rich text advertisements, on the web browser platform, as the shell interface may, in reality, be the drive/file/folder interface. Therefore, the Windows.RTM. platform itself may be utilized as an advertisement platform."
For additional information on this patent, see: Kulkarni, Raghavendra. Storing and Accessing Data Using a Shell Interface. U.S. Patent Number 8620957, filed
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