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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I hate it
by Invincible Cow on Tue 29th Apr 2008 14:12 UTC
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I don't use the trash on Windows. I just delete the files.

I have tried to use it on Linux and it drives me nuts. Not only does it not automatically delete the oldest files when it's full (and by full I don't mean just one small file), but amazingly enough, manually emptying it doens't work either because trashed files that were owned by root can't be deleted by me!

Of course I can delete them from the terminal, or by using the file manager from the root account (oups, there went my root trash, but not mine), but it should be totally unnecessary.

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