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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my usage
by Lion on Mon 28th Apr 2008 23:45 UTC
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In windows it's easy to avoid the compulsion. turn off recycle bin display entirely.
The recycle bin can still fill up, and is able to be accessed from the "My Computer" view.

Personally I set to delete instantly anyway, but with confirmation.
I wish OSX offered the same option.
Removing the trashcan from the OSX dock would also remove my usual method of ejecting/unmounting disks/images. so that's not an option there, sadly.

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RE: my usage
by vimh on Tue 29th Apr 2008 16:19 in reply to "my usage"
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That's what I do on my Windows machines. I turn off the 'recycle bin' functionality. I delete, it's gone.

I was recently given a shiny new mac mini. The trash can is an annoyance, like it always has been on Windows. I have other methods of data retrieval should I delete the wrong thing.

I also don't like the concept of un-mounting something by throwing it in the trash. It goes against common sense. The trash can is where I want to put something I don't want any more. Not where I put media I want to remove from my system but will use later.

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