Please say Welcome to the first draft of Zeitgeist Global Privacy

Finally we have started working on a feature (or better, a set of feature) that many, many, many users have long been calling :

  • the possibility to delete a part of Zeitgeist history (last hour, last day, last week,…);
  • the possibility to blacklist an application or a particular MIME type (where blacklist mean that Zeitgeist won’t log anything that the user does with this particular application);
  • the possibility of  inhibit the logging of a particular folder.

In simple word, the user asks the control on what Zeitgeist should or should not log.
For achieving this, we are implementing an application, that we call “Zeitgeist Global Privacy”.
My task in the team is to create the UI (basing my work on some Manish‘s mockups).

And so here you can see some screenshoots of this first draft of the application.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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Computer Engineering student and open-source enthusiast.
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39 risposte a Please say Welcome to the first draft of Zeitgeist Global Privacy

  1. Anonymous ha detto:

    Looks great! The notion of deleting recent history seems perfect.

    Regarding directories, though, what about a whitelist approach? “Only track Documents”, for instance.

  2. Anonymous ha detto:

    Any thoughts on gvfs metadata and privacy?

  3. Tobias ha detto:

    Needs more HIG.

  4. onka ha detto:

    Pr0n is saved!


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  6. diogo ha detto:

    why dont just maybe select event(s) and delete?

  7. pt ha detto:

    good stuff,

    rather than using 2 calendars, one calendar can be used
    From: 16th Feb 2011
    To: 6th Mar 2011

    Clicking on the dates above (they could be underlined) would display the calendar.

  8. Akshat Jain ha detto:


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  10. b ha detto:

    Nice feature. I am thinking of hiding documents from leaking. You should also advertise having several user accounts on an os for different tasks. (e.g. work-user, family-user, project-user) That helps a lot using zeitgeist to filter your projects/things you are working on.

  11. rolandixor ha detto:

    Looks awesome, and it should be useful for real reasons too (not pr0n as everyone seems to say).

    My GAJ is full of useless files that I don’t really care to see (every single file I open – come on!), when all I want are the things I will need to use relatively often (a few odt docs, some videos, and occasionally other things).

    /rant off

    Thanks for finally implementing this feature :D!

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  13. Charles Bowman ha detto:

    Would be nice to see Synapse integrate some hooks for this as well, add it as a plugin or via preferences.

    This is a great idea!

  14. Johannes ha detto:

    Looks like a really good addition. I think it might make sense to have this integrated in the gnome-control-center probably in some kind of “Privacy” capplet.

    As I second that it needs more HIG but I suck at this myself.

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  16. Sam Thursfield ha detto:

    Looks really cool, but this is pretty complicated for the average user. It’s good to have this stuff available, but by far the most common use case will be “stop logging for a while, I am going watch some porn”. This could just be an item in the shell menu, “enable/disable private mode” or some such.

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  21. David Prieto ha detto:

    Regarding HIG… Cando, how about something like this?

    • cando ha detto:

      Awesome David, thanks! Yeah, it could be a nice solution… 🙂

      • David Prieto ha detto:

        Glad you liked it 🙂 if I can give you another suggestion, I’d like to have checkboxes so you can make an item temporarily “inert” (not tracked, not shown in results) and then active again with just a click.

        I’ll try to post some more mockups if I come up with more ideas.

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  23. Lilleman ha detto:

    How is this project comming along?

  24. Noneyobusi ha detto:

    How about you just let us disable this fucking spyware entirely? I shouldn’t have to regularly log in and delete your spy records, as that’s really what is most valuable about this software. The software doesn’t provide a serious benefit to most users. Providing easy access to the last few files we accessed (IF we want the feature enabled) is one thing. But tracking our file usage, program usage, web browsing, and private conversations is absolutely intolerable.

    What’s happening with Linux on the desktop right now is disgusting. Unity is a travesty. Gnome 3 and recent versions of KDE are terrible and convoluted. Zeitgeist is appalling.

    The fact Zeitgeist’s tracking CANNOT BE DISABLED even by removing Zeitgeist entirely in Synaptic is a clear sign of trouble. It’s obvious that this software is NOT aimed at enhancing the user experience. It’s aimed at spying on people for commercial and/or governmental privacy intrusions.

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