Geeky bit: good (albeit occasionally illiterate) report on matters related to the rumoured introduction of “piles” to the next dot release of Macintosh OSX (“Panther”). Piles, an adjunct to the desktop metaphor that support “casual organization of information” were invented by Apple back in 1992. Piles would work in conjunction with real-time indexing of metadata about all files in a file system — a subject close to the sadder parts of my heart. Stuff going on in the “file/database” arena in Windows too. Article has some good links, e.g. Bruce Tognazzini lamenting the way Apple failed to capitalise effectively on their decade head start in user interface design. Tog’s best suggestion: a return key on the left side of the keyboard. So badly needed it’s ridiculous. Some good stuff about Gestures (c.f. the only good idea in Minority Report). There’s a free Gestures haxie available here.
(From The Register)