Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Feb 2006 22:03 UTC
Windows "Windows Vista will eventually sport what has been called a 'sidebar' - a kind of taskbar-like user interface element designed to sit on the right or left side of a display and offer 'heads-up' information on a customizable basis. When we last checked in on the Vista Sidebar at CES, we saw a number of widgets (or gadgets) running on the sidebar, including a small picture frame, an RSS list/interface, weather information, and more. The idea, generally speaking, is to give prominent spacing to tasks and information services that are, in theory, so frequently referenced that it makes sense to prominently display them on your desktop, alongside or on top of your other application windows."
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Pull v. Push media
by fizzled on Tue 7th Feb 2006 05:17 UTC
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One thing I like about my computer desktop is that there's nothing on it that pushes information at me. That is to say, if I want to get some information, I need to go and look, find, and pull it down from some source. I like this arrangment. I find that I'm happier and more focused when I only consume information that I'm looking for. It seems like the sidebar is an attempt to install more "push" media on the desktop; the media comes from somewhere else and is fed and displayed onto the desktop without user action.

It may be a personal issue, but I really dislike having media pushed onto me. If I want to know the weather or movie listings or whether I have new mail, I'll look and find the information myself. Otherwise, I just want to be left alone. I don't know if I'll have to use Vista, but, if I do, I hope I'll be able to remove the sidebar and the less than worthless to me clutter it will cause.

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