Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:18 UTC
Windows "Windows 8 changes a lot of things about how the operating system works, but one of the features Windows traditionalists will find jarring is the lack of a Start button. Although the button's functions are still present in various places, users may miss its easy click-and-start-typing familiarity. Well, Samsung's bringing it back. The all-in-one PCs Samsung unveiled this morning are the first Windows machines to sport the S Launcher, a simple widget that acts just like the old start button." This is not from The Onion. I repeat, this is not from The Onion.
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RE: Oh dear
by Mellin on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:50 UTC in reply to "Oh dear"
Mellin
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RE[2]: Oh dear
by MOS6510 on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:56 in reply to "RE: Oh dear"
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2011-05-12

The dock comes in many shapes and sizes, but Samsung picked the OS X one as inspiration.

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RE[3]: Oh dear
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

A dock is literally a row of icons. That's it. It was in Windows 1.0. It was in the first Acorn machines. It. Is. A. Row. Of. Icons.

If you ever needed even more proof this industry is completely and utterly ruined, this is it.

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RE[3]: Oh dear
by Soulbender on Tue 28th Aug 2012 19:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Yeah, we better stop this whole "being inspired" thing. Surely that can't be good for innovation ;)

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RE[3]: Oh dear
by nej_simon on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Project Looking Glass, an ugly java based desktop by Sun Microsystems, had a dock that looked just like that. It was demoed for the first time in 2003 ie. 4 years before Apple created a similar dock. Contrary to what some people (and apple) think, not every UI feature implemented by Apple is invented by them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Looking_Glass

Interestingly, Apple claimed that PLG infringed on their IP and threatened to sue Sun.

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RE[3]: Oh dear
by Mellin on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear"
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2005-07-06

Apple doesn't own the dock

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RE[3]: Oh dear
by Mellin on Wed 29th Aug 2012 08:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

they could have looked at project looking glass (predates the dock)

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