Remote data access and synchronization

  • US 6,304,881 B1
  • Filed: 03/03/1998
  • Issued: 10/16/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/03/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for partially synchronizing a server personal information database stored on a server computer and a remote personal information database stored on a remote computer, the method comprising:

  • determining the type of communication path over which an update from the server personal information database will be sent to the remote personal information database, the type of communication path being one of a plurality of possible types of communication paths, wherein the possible types of communications paths include at least one type of wireless communication path for which the cost of communication is based on usage and for which the speed of communication is less than for a second type of communication path;

    deciding whether to send the update information from the server personal information database to the remote personal information database or whether not to send the update information;

    if the decision is to send the update information, routing the information across the communication path, and updating the remote personal information database using the update information; and

    if the decision is not to send the update information, not routing the information across the communication path, and not immediately updating the remote personal information.

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