a small display, with real, mechanical dials and some LEDs.
sits below your screen (or wherever).
RPM --> big dial in center , shows cpu usage ("when it's in the red, grandma , don't press anything!")
TEMP --> secondary dial showing hdd accesses/second ("wait till it comes back down and THEN
SPEED --> data throughput of your internet connection ("you can see here the site isn't actually loading, dad")
TACHOMETER --> hours spent active on computer (when not in screensaver mode) ("geez, get a life!")
a few led bars to monitor whatever you like , for example overall sound output level, P2P app d/l speed, new mail indicator (like old answering machines) , maybe with different colors to indicate mail sender (work/friends)
,actual cpu temp (for modders)
plus a version for kids with lots of leds for icq/messenger buddies indication and stuff.
i wish i had time to draw how i imagine it and put it online..
i hope you get the picture..
future super-smart features would include a monitoring feature and a small screen that would display messages like - "process IEXPLORE seems to be using 15% more resources than it usually does. please check for potential spyware/adware"
or - "computer has taken 9 seconds more to start up than current average"
or - "response time to this command has taken 120% longer than current average"
or - "process WMPLAYER has become unstable 23rd time this week. you should consider reinstalling.."
i personally think if i had one i would definately grin.alot.
and then tweak it till sparks come out.
OH - and a small device that makes magnesium sparks fly out of the dashboard when everything eventually hangs.
and a litle smoke machine.
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