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

Odd Rune Strømmen Lykkebø oddrune at
Thu May 17 11:35:47 BST 2007

A basic rule for user interfaces is to provide feedback. I use kubuntu on my 
laptop (d420) and I can't say I have ever thought that the feedback from 
powermangar was annoying or weird. It tells me exactly what I want, I don't 
think it gets in the way and since it's a pretty important message to me I 
quite like that it's very visible and attention-grabbing.

Since it ain't broke, why fix it.

There are hundreds of other (real) bugs to catch.

Odd Rune Strømmen Lykkebø

On Thursday 17 May 2007 11:30:22 Michel D'HOOGE wrote:
> On Wednesday 16 May 2007 19:05:35 Martin Böhm wrote:
> > Luka: Let's not forget that people like you and me could be too far away
> > from what a user really thinks :o)
> Do you mean people used to windows? In that case, I guess being overwhelmed
> by annoying pop-ups is their every-day life ]:->
> > A comment from a person educated in usability would be nice, or perhaps a
> I'm not really educated in usability, but I think it is easier to get rid
> of something that annoys you than enabling a feature you're not aware of.
> The balance is of course between the %age of users finding it useful or
> annoying.
> > poll on a kubuntu forum could tell us more about what the users think.
> Since I use a laptop, I answer to the poll:
> I'd vote for having it on by default because I prefer being a bit annoyed
> than missing it once when it is important for me.

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