That would be “A Politically Correct Personal Computer Question.”
I just noticed this today - the computer that I’m working on has a “Recycling Bin” on the desktop. I guess the computers I’ve worked on for the past 4 years or so have had this as well. But I seem to remember them being labelled as “Trash Cans”. Why the switch, and when did it occur?
It’s not as if the electrons were being destroyed or thrown away under the old system!
That’s right. Microsoft wanted to be completely original and not copy Apple so they invented the “Recycling Bin” which should never be confused with the “Trash Can” invented for the Macintosh operating system because that is, um, completely different and Microsoft didn’t want to take any of their ideas. :rolleyes:
BTW, the “Recycling Bin” was added as part of Windows 95 and has been in place since. It didn’t exist in Window 3.1 or higher but the “Trash Can” has been part of the Macintosh operating system since it debuted in 1984.
No, they still call it “Trash”. Calling it “Wastebasket” would infringe on the look and feel of the Commodore GEOS operating system! heh.
As an aside, I can recall a shareware program that would create a “shredder” on a Mac desktop right next to the trash can. The shredder was for documents you wanted to delete instantly and permanently; putting an item in the shredder would delete it, and the computer would immediately overwrite the space it occupied on the hard drive.
Ever notice how some words sound funny when you say them a lot? Trash, trash, trash, trash, trash…
Considering Apple paid Xerox(*) for the rights to use the Xerox STAR’s GUI, I don’t see how that constitutes Apple “rip[ping] off” Xerox, or anyone else.
(* = If I remember right, Apple paid $1 million in stock options, and Xerox eventually sold them for several times the price)
And to get really geeky here, I’ll point out that many of the WIMP (Windows/Icons/Menu/Pointers) GUI conventions we use today originated on the Apple Lisa, and not the Xerox STAR. These include double-clicking, dragging, and shift-clicking (to select multiple items). In that regard, Microsoft did rip off Apple … again.
I stand corrected on the MacOS X “Wastebasket” goof, though. I probably had it confused with Apple’s old habit (pre-MacOS X) of renaming the Trash Can into “Wastebasket” for European markets…
I did some web checking on rjungs post. The stock deal was apparently not known to Xerox Parc people at the time as they were quite unhappy about showing Apple their stuff. They felt they were ripped off (and apparently still do if Triumph of the Nerds is right).
I see a lot of variation about what was/was not in the Star (thanks for reminding me of that name) including the trash can. I definitely remember an icon to drag deleted files to on the Dandelion (the last Xerox workstation I used). As for double clicking, I guess some people mean a particular thing. For the Bravo editor on Altos, I double clicked to select words, triple to get select sentences and quadruple to select paragraphs. I also dragged the mouse to extend selections.
The most puzzling aspect of Apple borrowing from Xerox, is why the **** did they choose only one mouse button? I can’t stand mice that have two buttons, let alone one. Now you have mice with all sorts of extra wheels and buttons. Another left in the dust issue that could have/should have been avoided.
The unconfirmed word is that Apple did some extensive human interface testing in the early '80s – they’d find computer-illiterate people (not hard at the time), sit them behind a proto-Lisa or proto-Macintosh, then watched them try to figure out what to do. Multiple mouse buttons were one of the things that consistently confused people, so the decision was made to go with a single mouse button. And even though today’s Macs support contextual menus and scroll wheels, the entire Mac GUI can still be controlled with just one mouse button.
(Having taught novices how to use computers in the past, I can attest that multiple mouse buttons is confusing to us non-geeks. Sure, over time, multiple buttons are convenient, but they make that initial learning curve steeper…)