Can we stop already?

I was browsing Cnet today, as I usually do, and came across an article regarding the new desktop that will ship with Windows 7 next year.  Part of the Windows 7 redesign is something touted as the “superbar”, that acts as the evolutionary upgrade to the taskbar that Windows has had for so long.  The Cnet video bit on this is quite informative, actually, if you can handle the poor audio.  I found it very interesting.

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But that’s not the problem.  The problem is the feedback after the article.

I gave up browsing to Cnet for a time primarily because the feedback would get me so riled up.  Eventually, I went back to Cnet for the worthwhile tech news, but avoided the comments altogether.  I should’ve kept doing that.  Why?  Because the fan-boy-ism gets out of control. 

Here we have a relatively lightweight look at the new taskbar (“superbar”) in Windows 7, and folks have to bust out the “Micro$oft copies Apple”, “looks like the OSX dock”, “blah, blah, blah” comments, that really accomplish nothing.  Even more aggravating are the totally unfounded and untrue statements.

Can we get something straight here?  Large icons that launch programs were not invented by Microsoft, Apple, or anyone else that I can point to.  Interactive “docks” or “launch bars” don’t belong to either of these organizations either.  If anything, the “docks” that are so prevalent these days remind me of my time using Litestep back in the late 90s – before the Mac or Windows were using them!  Perhaps they even carried over from some Linux variants.

It doesn’t matter.

The “superbar” is not the OSX dock – they really handle things quite differently.  Better?  Worse?  Heck, you decide – but enough of the useless fanboy comments.  They’ve grown extremely tiresome.

If you care for some well-written coverage of Windows 7, check out the iStartedSomething site.  Good stuff!

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3 Responses to “Can we stop already?”


  1. 1 Matt Swann November 4, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Trivia: Litestep was based on the NeXTStep operating system, which is the basis of Mac OS X — and is where the Mac OS’s Dock came from.

  2. 2 Matt Swann November 4, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Argh, better way to put that — Litestep brought to Windows a feature of NeXTStep, which turned into the Mac OS X Dock. Clear as mud :-p

  3. 3 yipcanjo November 4, 2008 at 5:28 am

    True enough, though there was a pretty big gap between Litestep and the OSX dock. My point primarily being that the “docking” aspect of a user interface did not originate with the OSX dock, as some would have you believe…. 😉


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