[Dextrose] [Sugar-devel] [DESIGN] Reflect internet connectivity in the 'Network' frame icon

Michael Stone michael at laptop.org
Sun Feb 13 18:38:02 EST 2011

On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 at 12:46:18 -0300, Anish Mangal <anish at activitycentral.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently, the 'network' icon on the frame tells us whether we're
> connected to a network or not. Would it make sense for it to test for
> internet connectivity and maybe reflect that by displaying a small
> globe overlaid on the 'Network' icon?


Speaking as someone who has spent a fair bit of time thinking through a few of
the narrow technical issues [1], I'd like to gently suggest that we might get
better design ideas from our design team if we focused a bit more on the core
UI problem before diving into a long thread on the relative merits of HTTP vs.
ICMP sensors. 

Therefore, with this gentle suggestion in mind, what do you all think of the
following design thesis:

   "The Sugar UI should make network health discoverable."

In particular, is this the core issue?

If so, what kinds of affordances does it suggest?

If not, then what, in your words, is the core issue?



[1]: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Network2/Paper#Self-Test_Algorithm

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