The return of the clocks of death (this time in the new gnome logout dialogs)

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Mon Jan 30 07:36:26 GMT 2006

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On 30 Jan, 2006, at 2:58 PM, Corey Burger wrote:
> ...
> I was most distressed when I installed the daily from yesterday and
> saw the new rather cool logout dialogs from gnome (not the one manu is
> working on). On these dialogs are countdown clocks. Yes, GIANT CLOCKS
> OF DEATH!!!! Oh no, run around screaming, you are going to be logged
> out in 59 seconds and counting!!!! (excuse me, the preceding was way
> too much fun to write)

In this case a small countdown is better than either (a) the alert 
staying up indefinitely and leaving your machine insecure until you 
return to work the next morning, or (b) the alert disappearing 
unexpectedly and logout/shutdown continuing without any warning at all. 
As long as it's a *small* and properly-explained countdown. :-)

> In all seriousness, as Brandon Hale pointed out, these are actually
> worse than other clocks that have existed because these ones have real
> potential for accidental data loss.
> ...

If there is any app in which logout/shutdown could cause dataloss, that 
app is faulty. Mac OS apps have dealt properly with shutdown for the 
past 18 years or thereabouts, and Windows apps for the past 16 years. 
Report bugs.

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Matthew Paul Thomas
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