Why Is It Called "windows?"
Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:06 AM
"42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot."
— Steven Wright
"Dawn: When men of reason go to bed."
— Ambrose Bierce
Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:26 AM
I never realized this before, however what appears as half an article is actually Lincoln's replies to comments. Read the original.
Shame on PCWorld to simply take old comments and re-hash them in the appearance of an article.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:23 AM
Because, "The word windows simply described one of the most obvious differences between a GUI and a command-line interface" doesn't make any sense at all !!?? What's "obvious" in that statement is an attempt at "dumming down".
Ok here's the real reason its called "Windows"...ya see there were these 3 guys in a garage that were pretty handy with a little bit of Machine Language and writing Base Code and they were all getting a little tired of working for "Big Blue" (thats IBM for you newbies). well ya see this one cat, Steve ( may he rest in peace ) came out with this idea to make it easier to do things on his 'puter by changing the interface up a little by creating a different sort of environment to work in, so taking the view point that his 'puter interface was like a "House" he came up with a little bit of Code so he could get more done easier/faster by make it so he could move around inside of his 'puter's House (different functions) by opening up different "Doors" which would let him "access" those functions quicker. (kinda like going from room to room in a house) It worked real good too...the only drawback it had was that every time you wanted to go from room to room was that to access another room you had to close the 1st rooms "Door" before you could open a new "Door".
Sooo...this other "kid", Billy... (not too the scrupulous one either I might say) decided to take a copy of Stevie's "Doors" ( he stole it) and modify it a bit by saying, "ok, we're still in the "House" but instead of opening up one "Door" at a time, less go in and open up a bunch of "Windows" (access points for functions) at the same time while we're in each room.
Well this worked much better and faster and before you know it "Windows" were opening up everywhere.
Soon after this Billy, Stevie and this other cat named Alan, all split up, only to be reunited later down the road in different fashions...Steve worked for Bill, Alan worked for Bill, Steve worked for himself, and so on...
NOTE: for more info check out the movie,"The Pirates of Silicon Valley"
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:12 AM
Wow, so Lincoln you really don't have a clue why it's called "Windows" do you ?
Because, "The word windows simply described one of the most obvious differences between a GUI and a command-line interface" doesn't make any sense at all !!??
What's "obvious" in that statement is an attempt at "dumming down".
It's "dumbing down" not "dumming down", friend
(You are "dumb", not "dumm")
If you have even a median IQ, the statement that "the word "windows" described......down" will acquaint one with a few simple facts: a) that "windows" were in use in the GUI and not in the command line interface and having acquainted one with that fact it would lead to the realisation that one had understood the difference between the two operating systems (one used "windows", the other did not).
Therefore, the description of this difference by Lincoln's statement served its purpose and was completely effective.
Nature gave you a brain capable of rational thought.
Please refer to your brain before engaging your keyboard...
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:30 AM
I hope you're having a good day.
One cannot correctly change a statement 'midstream' in the way you have attempted by adding question marks to it.
If you're making a statement, the question marks are superfluous and grammatically incorrect.
If you're asking a question, different grammatical structure is required (e.g. "does this article........make???).
The replies to Lincoln's post seem to focus on an alleged ambiguity of meaning and an alleged misuse of grammatical construction.
Neither of these allegations is true.
The point he made is succinct and easily understood.
If you're going to criticise someone for his use of grammar or his alleged inability to make his point succinctly and with economy of words, you need to be grammatically correct yourself, if you are to avoid later embarrassment.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:40 AM
1982–1985: Introducing Windows 1.0
Microsoft works on the first version of a new operating system. Interface Manager is the code name and is considered as the final name, but Windows prevails because it best describes the boxes or computing “windows” that are fundamental to the new system. Windows is announced in 1983, but it takes a while to develop. Skeptics call it “vaporware.”
Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:20 AM