Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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RE: Virtual Steampunk.
by zima on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:08 UTC in reply to "Virtual Steampunk."
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The one difference in what apple used to do is the animations bore information, like a window shrinking to a specific location on the dock. Windows is mainly eye-candy.

Windows does those animations, too...

Gutenberg didn't come up with something that looked like script handwriting when he came up with printing.

No, you have it pretty much backwards, he came up exactly with something that looked like script handwriting: (compare the page of Gutenberg bible there with some earlier scanned pages on ).

And #Classical_revival, just below, covers how Carolingian minuscule is the close basis for vast majority of the letters that you are reading right now (the small ones; capital letters coming from the earlier Roman square capitals), with nice scan of it from IX century.

Edited 2012-07-27 19:09 UTC

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