[openbeos-cdt] Re: Replicants

  • From: Stephan Assmus <superstippi@xxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:26:40 +0100

On 2009-11-13 at 18:27:37 [+0100], Humdinger <humdingerb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
wrote:
> -- Johan Aires Rastén, on Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:58:12 +0100:
> > As said before, I don't think we've seen the full potential of 
> > replicants yet. However, this far I'm not sure if replicants are good 
> > solutions to giving me access to the things listed above.
> 
> That's it in my opinion. Only very few things lend itself for replicating 
> on the Desktop. The inherent problem is that it's normally full of 
> windows, or at least large portions are obscured by them. The once 
> discussed feature not to obscure certain screen areas when maximizing or 
> placing windows won't help here.
> You can quickly switch to an emtpy workspace, but you could just as well 
> switch to the "real" running app in that case.
> 
> So usage on the Desktop could be more of a decorative function, like a 
> calender replicant, that seemingly merges over your background picture. 
> Tugged away in the bottom right corner, which many keep empty of windows 
> to have the Deskbar unobscured.
> Another nice, but small usable area is the very top of the screen. 
> Haiku's tabs keep them free. Enough to place a Workspaces replicant there 
> to quickly change workspaces with the mouse.

I think placing some "always on" replicants on your desktop is useful. In 
an area which is most often not covered up. I have ActivityMonitor and 
DeskCalc in the top-right corner for example.

Otherwise, the solution to the problem is called DashBoard in OS X.

Best regards,
-Stephan

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