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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by giddie on Tue 29th Apr 2008 09:23 UTC
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Thom, I'm sure you remember the old Amstrad running CP/M and Locomotive? I actually prefer the Locomotive concept of "Limbo" to the Trash Can idea. It seems as though things are moving back in that direction nowadays, what with Time Machine, and I'm sure Nepomuk will bring something similar along before long.

For those that are not familiar with Limbo:

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