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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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New set of posters with mouse pointers:

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Did you know...
The interesting terminology of Apple Lisa seems to have inspired other GUI architects. Authors of OS/2 2.0 Workplace Shell wrote in their guidelines “We characterize the Minimize and Hide actions as requests to ‘put aside temporarily,’ while Close is thought of as ‘put away.’” This is almost identical to “Set Aside” and “Put Away” options of Lisa.
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Featured GUIWindows 95
The legendary Windows 95 release, which made many people stand in queues that one memorable August night. As the underlying OS, the GUI also received many improvements, including better use of right mouse button and the Start button.


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Featured componentStart menu
Windows used Start menu to launch applications and give access to most important features since its 1995’s release. Every subsequent version of Windows brought some changes to it. Check out what were the additions and what mechanisms other GUIs use to launch applications.


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Featured advertisementMacintosh
Apple bought all of the advertising space in November/December special election issue of Newsweek in 1984, and devoted it entirely to Macintosh. Many of the 39 pages of the ad explain the idea behind its mouse-driven user interface. Take a look.


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