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The I’m Feeling Lazy Button…

I don’t consider myself lazy, but there are certain things I don’t want to think about sometimes. For example, the Urbanspoon application on the iPhone has saved me from answering the question of what’s for dinner… I simply just have to shake my phone:

Urbanspoon

Mmm… burgers!

How is this related to Eclipse? Well, the Mylyn project just got a new feature based on one of my long standing requests:

The ZX Button

Why is this useful? Well, there are times when I just want a task thrown at me versus something that I have scheduled in advance. I think it’s human to just want something new or different. The current algorithm I believe just picks a low priority task that’s not scheduled… it could be interesting to plug your own algorithm for assigning yourself a task. It could be as simple as a random task… it could be what is currently in place… or it could be something more sophisticated based on your preferences. Anyone have some thoughts?

Now only if I can shake my Macbook Pro to get Mylyn to assign me a task…

Note: If you want to try out this feature, grab the latest Mylyn 3.2 weekly build.

  • http://www.peterfriese.de/ Peter Friese

    Well, you *can* shake your MacBook (http://blog.isnoop.net/2006/05/20/macsaber-turn-your-mac-into-a-jedi-weapon/) or even smack it (http://blog.medallia.com/2006/05/smacbook_pro.html). Someone only has to write a Mylyn connecor for the sudden motion sensor of your MBP ;-)

  • http://www.peterfriese.de Peter Friese

    Well, you *can* shake your MacBook (http://blog.isnoop.net/2006/05/20/macsaber-turn-your-mac-into-a-jedi-weapon/) or even smack it (http://blog.medallia.com/2006/05/smacbook_pro.html). Someone only has to write a Mylyn connecor for the sudden motion sensor of your MBP ;-)

  • http://Alblue.blogspot.com/ Alex Blewitt

    Am I really the only person who thinks that Google are unlikely to be happy with the reference to their phrase?

  • http://Alblue.blogspot.com Alex Blewitt

    Am I really the only person who thinks that Google are unlikely to be happy with the reference to their phrase?

  • http://jroller.com/eu Eugene Kuleshov

    This should be called, “select an unfair task” button. I think it is unfair to the bug reporters to not fix the issues reported first in the same order.

  • http://jroller.com/eu Eugene Kuleshov

    This should be called, “select an unfair task” button. I think it is unfair to the bug reporters to not fix the issues reported first in the same order.

  • http://ketan.padegaonkar.name/ Ketan Padegaonkar

    You’re clearly not thinking ahead of the curve — how about having that task fixed on shaking the MBP ?

  • http://ketan.padegaonkar.name Ketan Padegaonkar

    You’re clearly not thinking ahead of the curve — how about having that task fixed on shaking the MBP ?

  • Robert Konigsberg

    It just seems like a frivolous use of screen real estate. Now there’s no room for something potentially more substantive because of the “I’m Feeling Lazy” button. I’d love to get stats from the UDC on who uses it after the first few novelty clicks.

  • Robert Konigsberg

    It just seems like a frivolous use of screen real estate. Now there’s no room for something potentially more substantive because of the “I’m Feeling Lazy” button. I’d love to get stats from the UDC on who uses it after the first few novelty clicks.

  • http://tasktop.com/blog Mik Kersten

    Yes this certainly does lean more towards the frivolous side than anything else that we’ve done. I really like Chris’ idea,and think that something like this does have a place in the UI, but we are extremely sensitive to use and abuse of screen estate. It’s not clear yet if it will make the final cut for Mylyn 3.2, and I’m going to reopen the bug to discuss. If it doesn’t make the final UI we’ll make it easy to get it as an add-on.

  • http://tasktop.com/blog Mik Kersten

    Yes this certainly does lean more towards the frivolous side than anything else that we’ve done. I really like Chris’ idea,and think that something like this does have a place in the UI, but we are extremely sensitive to use and abuse of screen estate. It’s not clear yet if it will make the final cut for Mylyn 3.2, and I’m going to reopen the bug to discuss. If it doesn’t make the final UI we’ll make it easy to get it as an add-on.

  • Robert Konigsberg

    OK Mik, I’m sold. That’s a good path.

  • Robert Konigsberg

    OK Mik, I’m sold. That’s a good path.

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