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Re: Replying to the users of users@subversion.tigris.org

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-31 21:47:15 CET

On Tue, 2006-10-31 at 12:05 -0800, Kenneth Porter wrote:

> > And I can't imagine hiding everything away so you don't have immediate
> > access.
> Do you have all the windows tiled, so you can see them all at the same
> time?

I don't waste any time considering how they should be organized, so
they fall into a natural LRU mechanism. One is covered only when
it needs to be.

> Or are some of them "hidden" underneath or minimized, where you have
> to go through that painful step of clicking on something to view them, as I
> do to switch to a folder that's not currently in the preview pane?

I rarely minimize as I don't see the point compared to letting it
be covered or exposed as conditions require. All are available on the
task bar one way or another and if they happen to already be visible
it saves a step.

> (My
> desktop is "only" 2048x1500, so I can't have all my windows on top at the
> same time. Maybe if I had a video wall like the one in Back to the
> Future....) I find switching folders in email to be no more onerous than
> switching tabs in Firefox (and I tend to have a *lot* of tabs open).

I've never seen the point of tabs either, given a decent window manager.
If things get hidden by necessity I can put up with it, but why do it
on purpose? Why have a different mechanism for the case where the
window you want is within the same app and a different one otherwise?

> An interesting compromise I've seen in some clients is virtual folders:
> These implement a saved search expression, so you can dump all your mail
> into one Inbox and then view various slices of the data based on a search
> expression as if they were filed to separate folders.

Yes, that approach does sort-of work for me but backwards from the
way you describe. I do sort some of the larger lists into their own
folders but for long-term storage. For current access I use a virtual
folder of 'Unread Messages' to pretend that everything was in a single
inbox - and to combine several different mail accounts into one view.
If I waited until I had time to view any particular mailbox I'd never
see it.

  Les Mikesell
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