Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Apr 2008 21:38 UTC, submitted by kiddo
Graphics, User Interfaces The trash can metaphor in computing is as old as the desktop metaphor itself. It was first introduced with the Apple Lisa user interface, and found its way to the Macintosh. Apple patented the whole idea, and sued anyone who tried to use the same name, resulting in other user interfaces implementing the exact same principle but just named differently. Despite its old age, and the fact it barely changed over the decades, many people have issues with the traditional concept.
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RE: My comment
by kiddo on Mon 28th Apr 2008 23:03 UTC in reply to "My comment"
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It is not really an OCD. I wrote that in my rant, and well, I was being funny. I was exaggerating the fact that we nowadays mostly empty a virtual trash can on reflexes, and that it made little sense.

About the psychiatrist thing... Well I'm actually a psychology undergrad ;)

About the "too much free time thing"... well if you add all the microseconds I now save by not emptying the trash (or thinking about it), I'm sure I am now on a positive balance! As I said in my rant, it feels very zen not to have a trash can on the panel or the desktop anymore (I did remove it from my GNOME desktops).

Indeed, the timemachine concept somewhat obsoletes the trash. There are some very few occasions where you really need to empty it by hand though (if you want to clear gigabytes of space, or launch an rsync backup for example).

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