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

David Farning dfarning at activitycentral.com
Sun Feb 13 19:40:22 EST 2011

On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM, Michael Stone <michael at laptop.org> wrote:
> 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?
> Folks,


A good design meeting this morning. Looks like the NZTesters will step
up as a.sl.o editors to QA activities before making them available for
download. Now Michael jumping in on this thread:)  (I've been trying
to convince Michael and some of the other original Sugar/OLPC
developers to lead a R&D team at AC.)

As we look at this issues let's remember to focus on our core competencies.
1. Anish, Tch, (Dextrose) are creating something to solve a problem
that teachers and formadores are have today.
2. Michael (upstream Sugar developer) has put a lot of though into the
original design of the network.
3. Gary (upstream Sugar design)knows UI.
4. Simon and Silbe (sugar maintainers) juggle these needs.

you guys rock.

> 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?
> Regards,
> Michael
> [1]: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Network2/Paper#Self-Test_Algorithm
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