guidance-powermanager's "switching to bat. mode" popup - is it useful?

Yuriy Kozlov yuriy.kozlov at
Wed May 16 16:24:25 BST 2007

On 5/16/07, Martin Böhm <martin.bohm at> wrote:
> Hi Kubuntu developers and friends (especially those with laptops),
> do you like the current way powermanager is informing the user about power
> cord being plugged out?
> I have thought about this particular pop-up the other day and I realised the
> following (it's all my personal opinion):
>  * that this particular pop-up appears too often for me
>  * that I completely ignore it now
>  * that I feel that the change of the battery tray icon is the amount of
> attention I need (compare with knetworkmanager - when the network goes down,
> only the icon gets changed)
> Pop-up windows are and always were a very aggresive way of getting
> attention. IMHO pop-ups should be used only if there is an event the user
> himself wants to be informed about. A bad habit from Microsoft Windows XP is
> to pop-up an informational bubble even if the original action is triggered
> by the user (infamous example - a user inserts a removable disc in the USB
> port). I think this is a very similar case.
> Sebastian Kügler (sebas) argued with me that this pop-up informs the user
> about the powerstate change, not the removal of the cord itself. That is
> certainly true, but does the common user want to be informed about it? I
> don't think that the common user cares about the powerstate change. I think
> he wants his laptop to drain as little power as possible by default. If he
> wants more power, he can request it by clicking on the battery icon.
>  Note that I don't argue about the "low battery" pop-up - that is super
> useful and out of the question. The "cord plugged  out" and "cord plugged
> in" are the ones I mean.
> Back to my first question: do you like those pop-ups? Do you feel that they
> are useful to you, do you consider them useful every time you see them?
> Please try to think like a common user, not like a skilled developer! :o)
> (but I know, that's close to impossible)
> So what do you think?
> Martin "mhb" Böhm

I agree and I also brought this up when powermanager was released.
Those pop-ups are slightly annoying, don't inform me of anything I
don't already know (especially since the screen dims when on battery),
and are unnecessarily huge.

~ Yuriy

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