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Subject: RE: Software "Off" switch?

RE: Software "Off" switch?

From: Sant, Nick (NY) <"Sant,>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:08:28 -0500

Sant, Nick (NY) wrote:
> If there is a menu entry then you *know* that you have highlighted the
> "shutdown" option and pressed Select.
Paul Louden wrote:

>You don't "know" you've pressed select until you see visual feedback.
>at least, you "know" it exactly as much as you "know" you've held down
>the button that shuts down the player from any screen. That's what
>confuses me: If you don't "know" you've pressed the shutdown button
>until there's feedback from the drive spin, how do you "know" you've
>done it on a menu entry until there's feedback?

It's considerably easier to perform the short-click of the select
button, and while it's not vastly harder to hold down the Play button,
it takes a tiny amount more effort. Whether this saved effort is worth
increasing the binary size/introducing option bloat is not my decision
to make by any means. I was merely attempting to explain the original

Although coming up we have the #1 reason why the "shutdown" option
doesn't exist...

>If you do hold the button too short a time (nothing I've ever had a
>problem with, it's not a particularly long hold) the idle shutdown will

>still turn off your player, and while idle very, very little battery is

>consumed anyway. And you can always just hold down the button a little
>longer to be sure. It'll still take less time than digging the player
>out of a pocket, looking at a screen, navigating to a selection, and
>then selecting it.

Totally and utterly agreed! I hadn't considered the player-in-a-pocket
scenario and the fact that one button can be used for shutdown in ANY
screen is also a very valid point.

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