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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I'm really smart! ;)
by Tanner on Mon 28th Apr 2008 23:14 UTC
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In fact, your compulsion is given by the idea that "IF THE ICON REPRESENTS A FULL TRASH CAN, IT IS SURELY FULL OF GARBAGE" which isnt correct by a psycological point of view.

The trash can is FULL only when the garbage reaches the limit. So, desktop enviroment programmers like those from GNOME should script the Trash Can to draw its icon full only when really full.

Really full = too many little files OR few files but too big.


Edited 2008-04-28 23:16 UTC

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RE: I'm really smart! ;)
by timefortea on Tue 29th Apr 2008 13:15 in reply to "I'm really smart! ;)"
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Good idea, it should only show full when it is actually full. I like the idea of automatically removing files that have been there more than a specified length of time though, a bit like having the trash man come round and empty it regularly ;) I suppose 'auto pruning' could be enabled/disabled and its frequency configured to suit each user.

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