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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Embrace the Felatious Metaphor
by RGCook on Tue 29th Apr 2008 01:18 UTC
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I have a solution to the compulsive need to keep the trash/recycle bin empty. Simply remove it from the desktop and label the new, unseen feature "Landfill". Let's face it, nobody wants the landfill in their back yard, and yet, no matter what, ultimately, everything you toss ends up there.

So landfill is basically a less elegant implementation of Time Machine, as it should be for Windows/Linux OS's after all.

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