Randy Mangham said;

>I scanned about 500 of last year's patent titles for IBM. Yep, you're
>right. Nothing really useful or unique. Just simple things any of us could
>come up with in our spare time in the garage. Simple, useless things like:

<SNIP>

>Method for minimizing sample damage during the ablation of material using
a
>focused ultrashort pulsed beam (# 6333485)



Randy

Like, I just GOTTA see your garage man.  I felt good just having a table
saw.

Just kidding(I know you were).  Good post Randy.

I agree with your bottom assesment of MS vs IBM's patents

John Carr



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