battery plasmoid and remaining time..

Chani chanika at
Fri May 15 05:29:03 CEST 2009

On May 14, 2009 13:25:19 Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> On Thursday 14 May 2009, David Nolden wrote:
> > Yes maybe, but to the average user the percentage will be a near useless
> > number.
> so people don't find the battery indicator on their cell phone useful?

ugh, I hate that thing. what the hell does one bar mean? it could mean a 
couple of hours or a couple of days, and different phones seem to scale it 
differently (some look fully charged until they're near death, some are halfway 
down when they've got days left). I really wish my phone would at least *try* 
to tell me how much time I've got left. today I had to leave it charging when 
I went out, again, because I woke up to the dying-battery sound. which itself 
seems very vague - is it programmed to tell me it's dying when there's a few 
hours left or a few minutes? I never have the patience to time it and write 
down what these things mean... and that's why I don't find percentages very 
useful either (although I still like knowing them. I like numbers). 10% on a 
4-hour battery is very different from 10% on a 1-hour battery, and it's taken 
me... eight months to properly get that into my head.

sebas wants to know if he can finish watching a movie, I want to know if I can 
get through a lecture without running to grab one of the few power outlets 
before someone else gets it. I've learnt that when I'm given a percentage, I 
am very bad at estimating this. I don't want the computer to refuse to give me 
any estimate just because it can't get it right down to the second :P if it 
can make a better estimate than I can, then it's useful. heck, even if it can 
get the same accuracy as me it's useful, because I don't want to have to do 
all that mental math every time I'm wondering how much time I've got...

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