Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 12th Jan 2004 05:21 UTC, submitted by Simon Strandgaard
OSNews, Generic OSes When new operating systems gets designed today, great systems such as Amiga, Atari and VMS, seems to get overlooked in regard to their original features not found on other OSes. It might be time to collect and categorize those special unique features under the great/lost ideas wiki, so new OSes don't have to re-invent the wheel and re-innovate.
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Mac Resource Forks
by Stuart on Mon 12th Jan 2004 07:58 UTC

I thing these guys are a bit off course saying that Mac resource forks were a good idea. They had some good features, but ultimately they sucked because noone else used them, thus making Mac files incompatible with other machines. Now the extended Metadata that the Mac OS used was a very good idea - even MS is starting to include some extra metadata into NTFS (If only apps actually used them) but the metadata features of Mac OS should not be confused with the resource fork. Most features of the resource fork can easily be replicated by Apple's bundle system of XML files and a special hidden directory structure.