battery plasmoid and remaining time..

Chani chanika at
Tue May 19 04:55:16 CEST 2009

ok, let's try to get a more productive discussion... hmm... how can we do 

how about a list of questions?

1) what methods of time estimation can we think of? (eg. the current one-point 
method, averaging over X amount of time...)

2) how useful is each, and how accurate in what way? (eg. the current method 
is only accurate if the power consumption averages the same rate as when it 
was measured. a method that averaged consumption over the past hour would be 
good if there were rapid ups&downs, but very inaccurate if the device was at 
one power level for an hour then switched to a drastically different one and 
stayed there.)

3) which methods, if any, are Good Enough for the user? this probably depends 
on the device they're using, so can/should we adjust our behaviour based on 
the type of device?

4) what other methods of reporting battery status can we think of, and what 
are their pros & cons? (eg. percentage is already there, it's perfectly 
accurate, but the user may not interpret it very well)

5) what options and defaults should the battery applet in kdebase have? 
(currently it shows the % when you hover the icon, and the remaining time in 
the popup. there's an option to show the time over the icon instead)

so, does anyone have answers and/or additional questions to contribute?

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