Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Apr 2008 21:38 UTC, submitted by kiddo
Graphics, User Interfaces The trash can metaphor in computing is as old as the desktop metaphor itself. It was first introduced with the Apple Lisa user interface, and found its way to the Macintosh. Apple patented the whole idea, and sued anyone who tried to use the same name, resulting in other user interfaces implementing the exact same principle but just named differently. Despite its old age, and the fact it barely changed over the decades, many people have issues with the traditional concept.
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Time Machine
by Alex Forster on Mon 28th Apr 2008 22:33 UTC
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If you think about it, Apple's Time Machine obsoletes the trash can. Past files are available for as long as there is enough space to keep them, and are removed intelligently when there isn't. With revisioning, there's simply no need need for one central file "purgatory."

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