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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Just a thought
by Buck on Tue 29th Apr 2008 05:39 UTC
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I remember how in an original Macintosh they had a Trash that when filled showed flies buzzing around. We could use the same concept today - instead of showing percentage bars (percentage of what anyway?) or half-full trash, there could be an effect, not unlike a jumping icon in a Finder's dock, that shows something animated being done near the trash. Yeah, like the flies. It's cute, it's not distractive and you don't have to calculate percentages.

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