Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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RE[2]: Minimize Windows
by WereCatf on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Minimize Windows"
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people minimize windows to.. show the desktop? A lot of people use the desktop as a storage area for files (ugh), a temporary inbox for files, or a shortcut icon container. They don't even have to think about it in those terms; it's just the place where things go.

I personally often temporarily store the files I download on my desktop for quick access, especially if I have to use the files in multiple applications then it's just easier to drag and drop the files than use the open file dialog.

Also, I like to place my most-needed application shortcuts there for quick access, and use taskbar for exactly that; tasks. I'd hate to have all my apps minimized to the desktop as icons and not have a task bar though. Task bar is more readily accessible, and takes less space compared to the "minimize to desktop" the more applications you're running.

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