Re: [Usability] Screensaver and idle time

On Mar 8, 2006, at 8:01 AM, Joachim Noreiko wrote:
I have been giving this some more thought.

For the idle time label, how about one of:

"Treat the computer as idle after:" * minutes
"Treat the computer as idle after this length of
"Treat the computer as idle after this length of time
without user input."

That's still a level of indirection. "Treat the computer as idle"? Does this mean the computer starts criticizing its own lethargy? :-)

Perhaps this should all be defined with reference to the screensaver, since it's the most visible thing. So the screensaver preferences themselves can have:
    [/] Turn on the screensaver when the computer is inactive for: ...

Then either the Screensaver preferences or some future Security preferences can have:
    [/] Require password when returning from screensaver

And your IM client can have:
    Mark as [Away   :^] automatically:
    [/] When the scrensaver turns on
    [/] When inactive for: ...

Matthew Paul Thomas

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