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[3]: Oh dear
by nej_simon on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:23 UTC 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[4]: Oh dear
by Morgan on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Oh dear"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

And here I thought the OS X Dock was inspired by (and in early versions, even had legacy code from) the NeXTSTEP Dock as it existed in the late 80s through the mid-late 90s.

But hey, don't let facts get in the way right?

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RE[5]: Oh dear
by Mellin on Wed 29th Aug 2012 15:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Oh dear"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

Acorn Computers had a dock before Nextstep

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RE[5]: Oh dear
by nej_simon on Wed 29th Aug 2012 19:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Oh dear"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

And here I thought I was replying to a post that claimed that Samsung copied the visual style of the OSX dock when in fact another desktop environment used the same visual style way before Apple.

But hey, don't let your lack of actually having read the thread get in the way when you want to reply right?

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