[IPython-User] PLEASE make autosave standard
Wed Oct 31 05:53:16 CDT 2012
I just lost an hour of work again because Chrome and iPython notebooks
conspire against me.
iPython notebooks take forever to complete when there is a lot of output.
This is really a problem by itself. Saving iPython notebooks requires
navigating with the mouse to click on a tiny button somewhere at the top;
this is distracting and interrupts work. There is no keyboard shortcut.
Chrome compounds the problem by popping up a dialog box every few seconds
asking whether I want to kill the page (and hence lose all my data) or
losing the entire page. (I think Firefox has other problems, which is why
I don't use it.)
Asking me to confirm throwing away hours of work that are on the screen and
in memory and should be trivially savable really adds insult to injury.
It's a conspiracy of multiple usability problems in iPython and Chrome,
any of which should be easy to fix for the developers.
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