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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Eh, things evolve
by hurdboy on Sun 24th Jan 2010 05:16 UTC
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I'm still very partial to the old MacOS task switcher in the upper right hand corner of the menubar. Click, choose the open app you want from the dropdown menu. I make do with my auto-hidden dock on the left side of my desktop, but it's still not as convenient. At least Apple had the sense to keep the unified top-of-the-screen menu, and not adopt the NeXT paradigm. While I can see why they did it that way, it's woefully inefficient space-wise. And nothing is nearly as bad as the ribbon....

As for automatic transmission, I live in the US, and much prefer manual. That said, my SO doesn't know how to drive one, so my next vehicle will likely be an automatic. ;) You're hard-pressed to find one these days, but the main reason for it is simple: manufacturing simplicity. Find me a vehicle with something other than a neutral color interior (tan/grey/black). It's damn near impossible these days. That, more than anything else, is why automatic transmission is so pervasive. And, considering that real soon now a good portion of autos will have a direct electric drive, there's no need/reason for a manual then. Any direct electric drive won't need a transmission at all. Any petrol generator in that vehicle will simply run at optimal generating speed, and not be attached to the drivetrain at all, just like in a locomotive or ship.

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