Notifications: uselessness of

Robert Collins robertc at
Sat Feb 28 08:01:22 GMT 2009

On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 21:50 +0000, Bruce Cowan wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 18:18 +0000, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> > One pleasant side effect of our work on notifications is that it has
> > given us the excuse to rip out some gratuitous notification bubbles,
> > such as the one saying "Your laptop battery is now fully charged". And
> > when an interactive notification is really necessary, an alert box or
> > other window that opens in the background will usually be less
> > distracting then a bubble that floats on top of your work.
> Replacing a "distracting ... bubble that floats on top of your work"
> with a distracting window that appears behind your work doesn't seem to
> be much of an improvement. Also, why is the window list considered a
> second notification area now?

I'll be interested to see the one that appears behind things... I see my
desktop about once a week, when logging in. Then after that its a full
screen terminal, which I never minimise.

I know plenty of other folk that work in similar ways (many of them use
terminator and are sysadmins|programmers) :).

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