Here are some suggestions for improving the primary dashboard page of the My Cloud firmware, also called OS 3. An example is shown below, followed by commentary outlining each suggested change.
Change the dashboard size so it completely fills screens with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The width is currently 960px and changing it to 1024px should work, while maintaining compatibility for lower screen resolutions. This would facilitate better viewing on wide screen televisions, tablets, and mobile devices. Note: Not everyone wants “an app for that”, when a browser works just fine.
Reduce the CSS width attribute of the primary navigation icons so that scrolling is not necessary to reach the apps and settings icons. There is absolutely no reason why a user should be forced to scroll to access primary navigation items simply so the dashboard can have more whitespace to make it pretty. Also, reduce the whitespace between the primary navigation icons section and the rest of the dashboard page, making it equal to the whitespace between other sections. Why waste precious screen real estate?
Add the ability to monitor disk space for individual disks and/or volumes, a CRITICAL aspect of NAS management, especially when a JBOD configuration is used. The use of a vertical bar chart would allow the display of one or more drives, with only minor adjustments to the width of each bar being required for 1, 2, 3 or 4 drives. Also, the “Capacity” section should be displayed for ALL users, and not just those who use RAID and/or “The Cloud”.
Remove the sections of the dashboard that show the number of “Cloud Devices”, “Users” and “Apps”, or at least relocate them to a less prominent position within the pages of the dashboard. The space can then be occupied by CPU and RAM utilization, which are much more important system metrics to monitor. In addition, the fan speed and system temperatures should be shown.
The arrow URL on the “Diagnostics” section of the primary dashboard should link to the “System Diagnostics” section/page of the dashboard, which is much more intuitive and less cumbersom (clicky) than having a diagnostics popup and a diagnostics page.
Change the color of the “Movies” icon from red to purple (or some other color). The color red should ONLY be used to indicate that there is a problem. This way it’s more likely to immediately call a users attention to any areas which need to be addressed.
If possible, keep a running log of the network, CPU and RAM activity for the last 15-20 minutes. This way the user can immediately see a brief history of activities, rather than having to wait for them to appear on the screen. The display can keep refreshing as it does now, showing current activity progress starting at the end of the existing logs, or the beginning of each display graph.
Give the user a choice of 2 or more color schemes to use, which is easily accomplished using CSS. For example: Some people (myself included) like dark color schemes because they are easy on the eyes, especially in a dimly lit room. By contrast, other people like light color schemes.
In addition to making the changes above, I strongly suggest updating all software and packages within the firmware to the newest versions possible. This will not only enhance security, but it may also solve many problems before they occur.
Afterwards, you could call it My Cloud OS 4.