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Site last updated on 6th October 2006:
two articles about Xerox: “Xerox xooms toward the office of the future” and “The lab that ran away from Xerox”, and a funny essay about... the cow metaphor
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Three of 14 posters for Macintosh’s 20th birthday present its groundbreaking GUI:

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Did you know...
Desk Accessories in Mac OS (such as Calculator and Stickies) were originally called “desk ornaments.” Link points to external site
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Featured GUIWorkbench 1.0
Maybe it was simple, ugly, user-unfriendly and inconsistent. Maybe it never lived up to its full potential. Maybe it was as ill-fated as the computer it ran on. Still, it faithfully served many Amiga 1000 users and with full multitasking in 1985 it was something they could take their pride in.


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Featured componentInstallation
Red Hat Linux 9 shows some funny, if geeky jokes during its installation. Check out which other GUIs try to entertain the users and which merely update their progress bars.


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Featured iconShredder
Contrary to most other GUIs, OS/2 opted for shredder instead of trash can – this might have been related to the court decision that prohibited Microsoft from using trash can in early editions of Windows. Unfortunately, as with the real-life shredder, this one had no undo feature.


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