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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Create a "PreTrash" Folder
by James99 on Tue 29th Apr 2008 03:12 UTC
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> The icon now changes to its "full" state...
> almost forcing me to empty the trash can

Here's a low-tech idea:

1. Create a folder on your Desktop called "PreTrash" (or whatever) and put all your trash there. (If you wish, also put an alias to PreTrash in your Dock or Sidebar for convenience.)

2. Once a day, open PreTrash and drag its files into the trash can and empty it immediately.

This method doesn't save steps, but it removes the visual annoyance you're having when you see a "full trash" icon.


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