Re: Does anyone else remember Orb?
> I could use it to tell it, from my PDA, over the internet, what to show on my PC screen.
No, the files were on his server, not his PDA.
The PDA was acting in place of the phone, telling the PC (i.e. the "smart TV") what to fetch from a server.
If you want to argue fine details, his account swapped the use of Internet and LAN - but patenting how many routers a particular data connection goes through is...
You are now going to say that the novel part is that the patent puts the command onto the server and the player side polls for commands. IGotOut didn't say which whether or not his setup did that - although in terms of "obviousness", would one set up a LAN with one host available over the Internet (a media server, that could also be streaming to his PDA - or just letting it download to play locally) or two (the media sever for playing on the PDA plus the PC to be told to also talk to the media server): given that choice, is the extra work for sake of the single point of vulnerability something that a reasonable person, generally versed in the art, would consider?