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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by Bounty on Wed 30th Apr 2008 15:29 UTC in reply to "RTFA"
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Are "mac guys" just more prone to OCD? I'm serious. More of my mac friends are compulsive when it comes to their work areas. The windows guys have cables laying all over.... not the mac guys, everything in raceway, clips all tidy. The linux guys tend to be extremes in one way or the other mega messy, or mega clean. My desktop... files all over, trash can sits full most of the time.

Maybe I'm a little dumb here, but why is shift+del dangerous, but instant delete is ok? I have a feeling that you would empty it instantly no matter it's status. If it had a picture of 1 small crumpled file in it, you'd empty it.

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