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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Automatic Backup
by Lu-Tze on Tue 29th Apr 2008 06:32 UTC
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I always Shift-delete in Vista. And with Vista's automatic versioned backups, I haven't lost anything as yet. I feel the next step in the evolution is to leave the trash symbol unchanged when you delete a file, and the deleted version of the file can be added to the backup archive - and after a finite period of time, that can be deleted. So the trash always appears empty. When you open it, it can offer the option of recovering recently deleted files from the backup.

Might be a bit of a pain for stuff you delete from your porn collection but shift-delete could be made to do a complete erase (including backups).

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