[sugar] (very) Little Proposals for 9.1

Eben Eliason eben.eliason
Tue Oct 14 12:58:56 EDT 2008

Hi all, sorry I'm late on this thread.

On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 6:53 AM, Carlo Falciola <cfalciola at yahoo.it> wrote:
> Hi,
> during past week-end I spent a few hours playing with the 676 -Candidate , mainly in order to check translated strings here  an there.
> Then let my very personal user base (My children: Nicola, 7 and Giovanna, 6) to play a bit with the updated XO.
>  After these "user sessions" we have a very personal wish list and small inputs for the next software iteration that we would like to share:
> Carlo : nowhere in the default GUI there is a clock, even if, in the control panel there is a panel to configure it. I think that personal watches are maybe not so easily owned by kids around the word, so a standard clock could be a little, but welcomed feature. (not talking about the clock activity that it is more a "learn to read a clock" thing than an everyday tool). any feedback and suggestion regarding how and where to put/show it are welcomed.

I personally would like to see this built.  I've always thought that a
"clock device" would fit perfectly into the bottom edge of the Frame.
I'd really like to see us rework the devices a bit so that they are
more naturally "pluggable" (at most, the user would only have to add
one directory at some location in the system to add a new device). In
the future perhaps we can extend this to a user-facing management of
installed devices.

Apart from the trickiness (and potential CPU hit) of dynamically
updating the clock icon (I envision an analog clock here, with digital
display and date and/or calendar in the palette, so granularity would
be on the order of a minute or so).

> Giovanna: Why not to enable shut-down from the XO icon of any of the standard view? The icon is always there in the middle of screen but "works" only in one...  (in general, maybe enabling the hoovering menu in all of the views Home, Neighborhood, Group  could make sense and could be reasonably  easy to do....)

I definitely thought I filed a ticket years ago about making the
palettes consistent in the views.  I can't find it now, so I must be
mistaken, but I agree this is something to aim for.

I also think that the addition of a "computer" device to the Frame
might be worth considering, but we should all think carefully about
what it means, and how it relates to the Journal, before diving into
that solution.

> Nicola: Should be nice to have a bit more feedback regarding already running activity into the home view, since now he has a more "immediate" approach to the system and he is not, as now,  yet really interested to the past story of his interaction to the system, so he do not care ('till now) so much of the journal and frame.
> For his approach a visual hints of running activities (let's say the activity icon in the circle to became colored and switch default click acton to be resume ), maybe could be more useful for his basic approach....

Have you looked at the recent designs posted on the wiki, regarding
the new Home view?  The current implementation is only half the story,
and I hope the second half appears in Sugar soon.  We should make sure
the other half, which exposes recent activities, is actually an
adequate solution.

See:  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Designs/Activity_Management

- Eben

> I'm really sorry not to be/feel to master coding yet  enoght in order to back those ideas with any code, but anyway I think it is reasonable to share the experience.
> grazie a tutti
> Carlo
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