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Welcome to guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces, as well as various materials related to them.
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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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To prototype and test a Workspace Shell GUI for OS/2 2.0, IBM used the legendary, heavily object-oriented SmallTalk V/PM.
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Featured GUISolaris 9
Solaris 9 abandoned OpenWindows GUI and stuck with Common Desktop Environment, now in version 1.5. Even if it doesn’t at all look like anything from late 2002, it is an alternative to ubiquitous Windows and Mac OS, worth at least a glimpse.


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Featured componentShutdown complete
“You may now switch off your Macintosh safely.” “It is now safe to turn off your computer.” “The computer is now ready to be switched off.” Welcome to what probably is the most boring GUI feature of all times. Check out all the variations and see if at least one company tried to be more creative.


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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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