[Dextrose] [PATCH] Notify if powerd automatic pm is on

Martin Abente martin.abente.lahaye at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 09:41:01 EST 2011

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM, Gary Martin <garycmartin at googlemail.com>wrote:

> Hi Anish,
> On 15 Feb 2011, at 03:22, Anish Mangal <anish at activitycentral.org> wrote:
> > Hi Gary,
> >
> > What do you suggest should be the ideal way to inform a user (if at
> > all) of such behavior?
> My gut feeling is the same as Aleksey. A notification is likely too
> nagging, adding to the power management CP text seems like a good
> alternative.

The only design problem I see with this is that the problem itself is caused
because the users don't go to the power management CP when they want to use
the 3G device in the first place, so putting a warning there will be
helpless in most of the cases, except if they get there by mistake during
the process.

But, even if we show this warning at the at modem configuration CP section
there can be common situations where the user will miss the message.

Another possible option to consider in addition to extra power CP text would
> be to have a count down in seconds for idle disconnect in the 3G device
> palette, that way it's easily spotted by the user if automatic power
> management is enabled by default and the user has not explored the CP.
I like this idea better, but still, after then user starts using the 3G
device they barely check the palette (the palette is mostly a hidden
resource) and it does not make sense for us to wait that they will check it
time to time just to see if there is something we want to let them know, it
will probably be too late.

I don't like the idea of spamming with notifications either, but this is one
of these situations where the system should effectively communicate to the
user about a odd behaviour, and not expect that the user will get the
message by mere luck (constantly checking a palette or getting into the
wrong CP section while they try to use the 3G device).


> > On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 13:11, Aleksey Lim <alsroot at member.fsf.org>
> wrote:
> >> On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:51:46AM -0300, Martin Abente wrote:
> >>> When automatic power management is on, the 3G device is disabled
> >>> after one minute of inactivity.
> >>>
> >>> This patch send a message notification to warn the user about
> >>> the issue.
> >>
> >> What about having warning message about disabling 3G after switching to
> >> automatic power management in Power CP section instead of sending
> >> notification, notfications are good but too many notfications...
> >>
> >> --
> >> Aleksey
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