guidance-powermanager's "switching to bat. mode" popup - is it useful?
martin.bohm at kubuntu.org
Wed May 16 18:05:35 BST 2007
Luka: Let's not forget that people like you and me could be too far away
from what a user really thinks :o)
A comment from a person educated in usability would be nice, or perhaps a
poll on a kubuntu forum could tell us more about what the users think.
2007/5/16, Martin Böhm <martin.bohm at kubuntu.org>:
> 2007/5/16, Luka Renko <lure at ubuntu.com>:
> > On Wednesday 16 May 2007 18:23:45 Martin Böhm wrote:
> > > Both Sebas and Avdi's points are valid, but you can still monitor if
> > the
> > > cord is plugged in using the battery icon change. Is there a need for
> > the
> > > pop-up then? I believe folks like you can either learn to monitor the
> > tray
> > > icon (you do that already with the network manager) or you can set the
> > > notifications once it is customizable.
> > A do not agree that this can be compared with network manager - when
> > network
> > connection is lost, I will get some other error soon (from first app
> > accessing the network), confirming the fact that connection is lost.
> > With
> > lost power, I might get aware of it too late: when I am running out of
> > battery juice. This is particularly important for users that move a lot
> > between power sockets (e.g. meeting rooms...) and want to be sure that
> > they
> > are really plugged when socket is available. Watching the icon is really
> > not
> > good option.
> > So even if we have this configurable, I would preffer having it on by
> > default
> > (and presented the notification feature to all users), than having it
> > off
> > (and maybe have users that are unaware of this useful feature).
> I still see the comparison with the network manager - if people switch
> places, they most likely switch networks, too.
> I still claim that a pop-up is a too agressive solution for this
> duplicated and rather informational type of notification. What does a user
> do when he wants to check the battery state? He looks at the icon. What
> would the user do when he wants to check whether his battery is not used
> anymore? I believe he would check the battery icon - the same thing he does
> when he check the battery state. But every user doesn't need to be informed
> about it. There are some cases when a user wants to be really sure - he can
> check it like he checks the energy level of the battery.
> Pop-ups should be reserved for events every single user needs to be
> informed about. I don't think removing the power cord (most likely he did
> that himself, after all) makes the cut.
> > Luka
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