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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Change the Icon
by Gryzor on Tue 29th Apr 2008 13:07 UTC
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Put an empty (or barely filled) thrashcan icon to your thrashcan and your "visual" problem is fixed. Create a Cron job that deletes it overnight and that's it.

The concept of thrash can in a computer is anyways a little bit broken (or outdated). With modern computers, we shouldn't have to delete stuff. Time machine uses Hard drive "until there's no more" then starts deleteing old stuff. This should be the same. If I don't need stuff I just throw it to the thrash, but I must not remember to delete that. Let it be. Auto-delete if for me when the space is needed. And also don't calculate it as "used space" anymore.

We do that with Memory, why not with files?

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