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Re: Overlay for out-of-date, 'normal' files

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-23 18:00:03 CEST

On 5/23/07, Simon Berry <simon.berry@andromeda-telematics.com> wrote:
> On 5/23/07, Lübbe Onken <l.onken@rac.de> wrote:
> >> Hi Simon Berry,
> >>
> >> You wrote:
> >>
> >> > We find, especially with new users that they assume a 'field
> >> > of green ticks' means that everything is up to date. I
> >> > understand this is a matter of properly educating the users,
> >> > but this can sometimes take a while to sink in (our users are
> >> > not programmers / highly skilled / highly intelligent).
> >>
>
> >> A better solution is IMHO to set up a post-commit hook that sends
> >> notifications by e-mail to the user. Then they will get informed *when* a
> >> database has changed and can decide if they want to update or not. I think
> >> this is better than polling the repository all the time, because I guess
> >> that 90% of the polls will tell you that nothing has changed.
>
> >Or, instead of an email, publish an RSS feed. Either way, the basic
> >idea is to "push" the update notices out to the users, instead of
> >polling to find the updates.
>
> I would be happy with a solution that pushes the update notice to the users. Ignoring the medium for now (email, rss, etc) - could this cause an overlay change ?

No, because the overlays are part of the shell.

If you were running MacOS X 10.4, I'd recommend writing a Dashboard
widget to check that RSS feed. On Vista, maybe a "gadget" or whatever
they call it for that sidebar thing.

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