Bumptop: Desktop with Physics

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  1. Peyomp

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    downloading wmv now... looks cool

    Is this going to be a desktop for linux?
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    Those are Windows Paint icons (the orange and white ones), so at least the initial development is being done in Windows. Or else they swiped the icons for the demo. Who knows?

    Either way, that is the most awesomest thing ever, and it's pretty clearly designed specifically to work with touchscreens. If they make this for Linux as well as Windows, I think Jolly might have to spring for a tablet, or at least a digitizer.
     
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    Yeah, its a windows desktop. This is what Vista should have been. Something revolutionary for the UI, not a catchup to OS X. If Gates was smart, he's snap this company up... yesterday.

    There should be an X and OS X version... but I don't know that there is, or will be soon.
     
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    :cool: thats actually really neat, i cant believe a actually watched a full 6 minutes of it though :mamoru:
     
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    Happily watching six minutes of somebody shuffle icons around a screen == proof of neatness.
     
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    Seems cool... tho it would take some getting used to in order to use well.
     
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    And remember that this is in its infancy. This is just the first prototype good enough to make a video from. It will improve in time, but this is the kind of thing we might be using in teh future.
     
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    anything revolutionary in this field would require user adjustment... It changes the entire way we would interact with our computers.
     
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    we'd have to rethink cities!
     
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    any idea when we'll be able to download and play with this?
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I think it's a fucking stupid idea. They've basically thrown away all the ways in which computers can make people more productive and gone back to having physical stacks of paper on a physical desk, only now using vast quantities of computing power.
     
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    It does enable clutter, because it lets people keep vastly more crap on their desktops, but it also enables organization, because it lets people stack related items on top of each other instead of taking up more space on the desktop.

    I keep all of my current projects on my desktop, and file them in the appropriate folder if and when the time comes to archive them. This would be very useful for me.

    It would be even better if other applications were able to interface with this program, and automatically stack generated files instead of clogging a traditional two-dimensional desktop with icons that are inserted in the first available space.
     
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    I haven't used a WM that allows for desktop icons in years. I find this vastly improves my productivity.
     
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    That's you. Most people use their desktops for what desktops are meant to be used for, and that doesn't mean showing pretty pictures.
     
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    Most people are distinctly unproductive :dunno:
     
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    Compared to you. As a technical type myself, I tend to be on the high end of digital productivity (unlike in real life, where I sleep 10-12 hours a day), but then again people are usually no less productive than they need to be -- unless they don't know how to be as productive as they need to be. Providing a GUI that more closely resembles what people are used to doing is a great way to make the transition to an all-digital workflow a lot easier.
     
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    i usually dont have any icons on my desktop, i set windows up so all the programs i need to run i just have to press winkey + r and type it in. i find this to be alot easier than having to double click an icon underneath all my open windows. that said, i still think this is a really cool idea, and i want to play with it.
     
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    This way of manipulating files is much more efficient... with a pen/touchscreen. It wouldn't be with a mouse. Keep in mind that this is technology suited to a different input method.
     
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    Kinda like a command-line interface without the old-school charm of black and white text, eh?
     
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    i guess you could say that :dunno:
     
  22. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    Gates isn't even running the show anymore. Steve Balmer is for now, rumor has it, he will be stepping down soon for younger blood. Forgot where i saw the article
     
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    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    i would make an absolute mess out of my desktop if i had that capability. I question the real usefullnes of this design. The cool factor is definately high though. I'm such a keyboard guy, it would drive me nuts. If I could get everything that i needed to done w/out ever touching a mouse, i'd be so happy.
     
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    Gates is still head of development, until he retires soon. He would be the guy directing a technological acquisition.
     

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