[PATCH] Turn Powerdevil suspend notification into a dialog

Chani chanika at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 05:08:34 BST 2009

On September 22, 2009 18:22:06 Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> On September 22, 2009, David Nolden wrote:
> > For sure, the user feels less confused when he's disturbed by a dialog,
> >  then when he's disturbed by the shutdown of his computer.
> again, where's the evidence that this is even happening?
> what i've been hearing from users and seeing while observing usage:
> * the power notifications happen too often already ("Critical" power level
>  is a bit too arbitrary on many systems right now)

my favourite: getting a notification to tell me that *I* changed the power 
profile. :P spam like that makes it easier to miss the critical notifications.

> * that the powering down notification doesn't last long enough (easy to
>  solve)
> * the the buttons are too small to hit in a short period of time (also easy
>  to solve)

> where is the "my computer turns off and i didn't know it because the
> notification didn't let me know this"?

I think people are smart enough to figure out (and be grateful) that their 
laptop shut itself down because it was about to run out of power. it's more 
about the annoyance of occasionally wanting to tell it not to do that and not 
being able to do so before it's too late. which an improved notification could 

> > But the result would be something similar to a modal dialog
> > anyway, as it _must_ disturb the users workflow.
> you don't need a modal anything to get user attention. and no, you do NOT
>  need to FORCE a disturbance upon the user. i want to know when i need to
>  take action, but i don't want to have what i'm doing interrupted forceably
>  for that information to be passed on. the only things that piss me off are
>  things i can't control, such as disk checks on start up (as one example).
>  i am not unique in this way.

psst. reiserfs. disk checks are quick and relatively painless :) I didn't have 
an ext3 partition until I got this laptop, and I was amazed people put up with 
its slow fsck time...

also, another reason modal is evil: I'm typing. chances are I'll hit spacebar 
before I notice that the focus is elsewhere. I <3 kde's focus-stealing 
prevention :)

> > Maybe a very prominent
> > colored, flashing and non-disappearing popup somewhere near the panel
> > would work as well.
> well, colored and flashing is probably unnecessary. non-disappearing is
>  easy; large is easy, too.

yay easy. so, someone should go do it. :)
I wouldn't mind some red on a critical thing like this... flashing is evil, 

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