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: What he didn't mention
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 25th Jan 2010 22:33 UTC in reply to "What he didn't mention"
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Even Apple, that One True Authority on what is Usable, essentially bypassed the desktop with its dock when OS X was released. Sure they still *support* it, but the preferred form of interaction with a Mac involves very little desktop use. If it weren't the default download location and if devices would appear in a doc menu instead you could easily kill it.

IIRC, some of the early developer preview releases of OS X lacked the ability to put files on the desktop (as was the case with NeXTSTEP - also IIRC). But it was added after there was sufficient outcry from the "OS 9 greybeards."

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