better user interface :: XFCE

Don Christensen djc at
Thu Aug 11 00:42:00 CEST 2005

Wit Wilinski wrote:
> Here are some thoughts after reading this article: 
> First, as the writer suggested, human beings usually can't cope with 
> more than one task a time. So the first thing that could be implemented 
> to make use of this idea, would be threating all application's widows as
>  ONE.

I have just one thing to add to this discussion:

     Task != Application

I sometimes have three or four or more applications open to support a
single task that I am working on.  For example, I might have a VNC
viewer open with Xemacs windows and xterms, one or more browser
windows (or tabs), and email, all to support the single task of
answering a code-related question via email.  There is no way for the
computer to "intelligently" divine what apps I might be using for such a
task, at least not with the current state of the art.

I can see keeping all the GIMP windows collected together as somewhat
useful, but I would never use such a feature beyond that.

And one of the things I dislike most about PDAs is the one-app-at-a-time
mode of operation.  That's why I have two CRTs and 12 virtual windows
(not counting the eight virtual windows in the VNC viewer window) on
my desktop system.


Don Christensen       Senior Software Development Engineer
djc at         Cisco Systems, Santa Cruz, CA
   "It was a new day yesterday, but it's an old day now."

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