[Sugar-devel] #2141 UNSP: Memory and CPU status indicator for the frame.

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 11:53:16 EDT 2010

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM, Benjamin M. Schwartz
<bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> I don't think this is a good enough heuristic.

Agreed -- that's a terrible heuristic. And happy/sad face is a
terrible "UI". The computer is not happy or sad; it's _working_.

Honestly, there is a base problem here: "simplifying" things to a
happy/sad does not lead anywhere useful. The metaphor is completely
mismatched -- "full use" of the laptop resources is not a bad thing in
any sense and should not lead to a sad face.

Empty/full metaphors may work better. However, I think this change is
not leading towards a useful outcome -- at best it gives the user a
complex-to-interpret input, and no clear action to take.

The actual *useful* change is to automatically close activities that
are backgrounded.


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