automatic reminder of 'software update' when installing a new build

Eben Eliason eben at laptop.org
Tue Jan 6 14:49:47 EST 2009


On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 1:42 AM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at bga.com> wrote:
> Visited a friend, and helped him install a new build in his XO.  The
> first time the new build completed booting, he was presented with an
> action bar (to request "software update") near the top of Home View.
>
> It so happened that the XO had not automatically connected to my
> friend's wireless AP - but he did not realize this.  Being
> well-meaning, he clicked the rightmost button ('Check now') in the
> action bar -- there was some software processing and then a "Could
> not access the network" message -- he needed to exit through Control
> Panel to get back to Home View (and never saw the action bar again).
>
>
> The "software update" facility assumes that a connection to the
> network is already available when it gets to run.  If conditions are
> such that the network connection has *not* been set up when booting
> completes, should the action bar to request "software update" still
> be automatically presented as the first thing the user sees ?

Good question.

Perhaps the cleanest option is to have the chunk of code which
displays the dialog check for a network connection first, and short
circuit when one isn't found.  In this manner, the update alert will
only appear when a connection is available in the first place.
Chances are good that most people using the laptops will get online
sooner than later anyway.

- Eben


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