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 kiddo on Tue 29th Apr 2008 14:17 UTC
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It seems nobody cares to read the original submission article in the "read more" link (, or a lot of comment such as "well just remove the trash" or "see a psychiatrist" here would not have been posted.

It's a bit disappointing, maybe I should entrust it to digg next time. At least some people would read the essay I bothered to write instead of just looking at a summary that mentions it on osnews.

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by James99 on Tue 29th Apr 2008 15:01 in reply to "RTFA"
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> It seems nobody cares to read the original submission article...

You're painting with a broad brush. Some of us did read it.

> It is not really an OCD... I was being funny...

If you say so, but speaking as someone who has some experience with OCD, your article really sounded like OCD might be a factor.

> About the psychiatrist thing...
> Well I'm actually a psychology undergrad

That's great, but it doesn't mean you might not be affected by OCD. One of my best friends is a psychologist and she believes that many of her colleagues entered the profession due to concerns about their own, well, idiosyncrasies.

(None of what I've said is intended to be a put-down of folks with OCD. I have some symptoms of it myself.)

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by Bounty on Wed 30th Apr 2008 15:29 in reply to "RTFA"
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Are "mac guys" just more prone to OCD? I'm serious. More of my mac friends are compulsive when it comes to their work areas. The windows guys have cables laying all over.... not the mac guys, everything in raceway, clips all tidy. The linux guys tend to be extremes in one way or the other mega messy, or mega clean. My desktop... files all over, trash can sits full most of the time.

Maybe I'm a little dumb here, but why is shift+del dangerous, but instant delete is ok? I have a feeling that you would empty it instantly no matter it's status. If it had a picture of 1 small crumpled file in it, you'd empty it.

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