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JJZolx
2008-11-04, 18:54
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=9898

squeeze_box
2008-11-04, 20:18
... u know what, it is laughable but when i think back... it does feel slow the way the dots are moving... speeding it up will probably get ppl to think the search itself is fast, just the amount of data pool is too big thus taking time...

whereas slow dots will imply slow device... irregardless of the data pool...

i think it's using people's natural tendency of assumption of the unknown(the elastic datapool, size unknow and can be streched to fit whatever conclusion ppl make), that is being exploited here ...

goes to show how people are not machines, or rather, machines that are subject to easy manipulation :D

peter
2008-11-05, 03:23
squeeze_box wrote:
> ... u know what, it is laughable but when i think back... it does feel
> slow the way the dots are moving... speeding it up will probably get
> ppl to think the search itself is fast, just the amount of data pool is
> too big thus taking time...
>
> whereas slow dots will imply slow device... irregardless of the data
> pool...
>
> i think it's using people's natural tendency of assumption of the
> unknown(the elastic datapool, size unknow and can be streched to fit
> whatever conclusion ppl make), that is being exploited here ...
>
> goes to show how people are not machines, or rather, machines that are
> subject to easy manipulation :D
>


It's all about impressions. One could compare it to the bad impression
someone makes when they won't even take the trouble
to properly capitalize their texts.

Regards,
Peter

squeeze_box
2008-11-05, 05:17
lol
honestly, language is meant to be used to communicate, so if obama types color without u in it :_P it still goes around as color...
same goes with the caps, it's no where close to missing commas and stops lol
:D
cheer up dude :D

maggior
2008-11-05, 08:59
goes to show how people are not machines, or rather, machines that are subject to easy manipulation :D

Back when I was involved with some GUI work, we called this type of thing ETM, or Entertain The Monkey. It started out as little cute animated graphics like pieces of paper moving from one folder to another. It then graduated to marketing hype presented during installation.

The best was back in the days of DOS when the system would crash, yet the progress indicator routine running as a TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident - remember those :-) would continue to run.

Zaragon
2008-11-05, 14:01
Having been both developer, user and helpdesk support it is amazing what people think. People like to be told that something is happening and the faster they are told the more they think it's happening.

We have many times proved that slowing down a long process to give status updates make the user think it's going faster and finishing sooner than doing it without updates. Sometime even taking twice as long ie 30 seconds or more going to over a minute by adding in updates had people asking what we had done to make it faster.

A bit like a watched kettle never boils.

Which reminds me of a trick that we used to do when we had visitors to one of our computer rooms. We had about seven racks of an RS232 PBX type switch with the usual status type lights on the front. When ever we had visitors we would switch the whole suite into diagnostic display mode which would run light sweeps in various patterns across all seven 6 foot racks, several hundred LEDS switching on and off. Used to impress them significantly more than the big VAX machines and several microvaxes that were doing the real work that all the RS232 devices were connecting to. They had only one or two flashing lights you see :)

bklaas
2008-11-05, 15:27
FYI, starting with r3285, and thus coincident with the first 7.3 firmware pushed out to users with the "fast spinny", firmware downloads should run about 30 seconds faster. MAGIC!

#!/ben

squeeze_box
2008-11-05, 17:17
Having been both developer, user and helpdesk support it is amazing what people think.

...space
...saver
...lines :D

Used to impress them significantly more than the big VAX machines and several microvaxes that were doing the real work that all the RS232 devices were connecting to. They had only one or two flashing lights you see :)

there's a lot of wisdom in this...

mikeselectricstuff
2008-11-05, 17:26
All we need now is some work on the appallingly slow 'please wait' time on controller wakeup...

peter
2008-11-06, 00:49
mikeselectricstuff wrote:
> All we need now is some work on the appallingly slow 'please wait' time
> on controller wakeup...
>

What we really need is some kind of SqueezeMan. A cartoon character not
unlike the infamous MS Clippy that can wake up, stretch a little, get
out of bed, take a shower and shave so we have something to watch while
the controller wakes up...

Something that keeps annoying me is that there is no way to skip the
firmware updates on the controller. It's always at an inconvenient time.
You pick up your controller in order to listen to the radio news and the
damn thing tells you that it needs to go through a multi-minute update
first. Or you want to impress your friends and the show gets delayed.
There should really be a cancel button on that. Even Microsoft allows
you to postpone updates.

Regards,
Peter

kdf
2008-11-06, 00:52
On 5-Nov-08,
> Something that keeps annoying me is that there is no way to skip the
> firmware updates on the controller

Turn off the software updates settings in server settings. That
should stop the auto updates.
-kdf

ModelCitizen
2008-11-06, 02:49
On 5-Nov-08,
> Something that keeps annoying me is that there is no way to skip the
> firmware updates on the controller
Turn off the software updates settings in server settings. That
should stop the auto updates.
-kdf

Something a bit less permanent than this solution would be very useful. As peter (with a small p) says, a cancel (for now) button would often be handy.

MC

peter
2008-11-06, 03:16
ModelCitizen wrote:
> kdf;357213 Wrote:
>
>> On 5-Nov-08,
>>
>>> Something that keeps annoying me is that there is no way to skip the
>>> firmware updates on the controller
>>>
>> Turn off the software updates settings in server settings. That
>> should stop the auto updates.
>> -kdf
>>
>
> Something a bit less permanent than this solution would be very useful.
> As peter (with a small p) says, a cancel (for now) button would often be
> handy.
>

Exactly, I like to be reminded of an update, but not forced to install
it immediately at a usually inconvenient moment.

Regards,
Peter