RFC: change to XO sleep behavior
pgf at laptop.org
Wed Mar 24 11:55:38 EDT 2010
hi mikus --
> > what do you think? 'a' or 'b'?
> As long as the possibility exists to manually edit a configuration file,
> I myself will change the sleep behavior to be like 'before'.
yes, the new scheme ('b') is configurable.
> I do not care whether it takes a keystroke, or pushing the CPU button,
> to wake from 'sleeping' -- I'll learn through experience. However, I do
> not favor using the keypad for wake-up. All too often, my wrists stray
> onto the keypad - and having the system wake up from inadvertent hand
> placement might be a distraction.
> Something I can NOT get used to is the current very short time before
> suspend. I normally use an external keyboard, and lately the XO has
> even dropped USB power (i.e., stopped accepting keystrokes) before I
> could finish typing in the __name__ that a new installation asks for.
i'll test with an external keyboard. though not the mainstream, they
should work as well as easily possible.
> I have to cudgel my brain to remember, at installation time, to get as
> quickly as possible into "My Settings" and deactivate suspend -- else
> the XO is sure to unexpectedly suspend while I am trying to apply my
> usual customizations (including suspend timing changes) to a new build.
> Regarding wake-up from a dimmed/blank screen -- likely the "normal" user
> behavior is always to press <shift>. If no screen reaction is seen, say
> within a second, the user will then probably push on the power button.
> [If the screen is not dimmed, the user would probably not realize
> whether the CPU is asleep or not (i.e., he would NOT be paying attention
> to any LED behaviors) -- and would continue typing, in the expectation
> that all of his input characters would be used.]
> I do have to mention one caveat -- at least once, when an XO dropped USB
> power on me *while* I was trying to enter customization commands, and my
> finger slipped on the power button -- the XO apparently thought I had
> "double pushed" (once to request it to show the "suspend choice" panel,
> and immediately again to indicate "shutdown") -- and it powered down
> completely. Please - make sure that it takes a multi-second duration of
> the power button to perform a *complete* shutdown.
no, definitely not. training users to hold down power buttons
is/was a huge mistake, since getting in the habit is a little
like parking your car by letting it hit the front of your garage.
"but it never hurt the wall before? what changed?"
paul fox, pgf at laptop.org
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