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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...
The Apple Lisa screen had unusual, non-square pixels, a decision which gave the display higher horizontal resolution at the expense of awkward aspect ratio (1.5:1 instead of typical 1:1). This was a problem while rotating objects, running Macintosh-native programs, etc.
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Featured GUIMicrosoft OS/2 1.30.1
This joint creation of IBM and Microsoft was really crude and at times looked like Windows 2.5 that never was. Soon, Microsoft would leave the alliance, concentrating on Windows, and IBM would rewrite much of the interface for OS/2 2.


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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 iconMetal Trash
The Mac OS’s metal trash has come a long way since 1984. It has been modified, shaded, stuffed, made three dimensional, and finally – after a short stint in Rhapsody – replaced by office wire trash in Mac OS X in 2001. Interestingly, trash’s second function to deleting files was... ejecting disks from floppy drive.


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