Originally Posted by Quillz
Actually, I believe what you're referring to was Apple's "AtEase," which was basically a kid-friendly GUI atop the standard System GUI. We had Macs in our grade school and they all had this interface to prevent kids from actually accessing the main desktop and messing things up.
yeah. AtEase predated the "simple finder" which looked very much like it. AtEase was something elementary schools used. As I recall it had some multi-machine features for making a teacher's life easier as well.
On another topic, I think it is funny that Microsoft is reported to be trying to abandon the desktop metaphor that Apple had before MS did.
Steve Jobs has been trying to get us to move to full-screen applications since OSX beta, or before with Next (I never saw a real NEXT). That's 14 to 21 years ago? The hue and cry against losing the multiple-windows-at-a-time modality was so big with Mac users that later versions of X.0 more or less simulated MacOS. I was not surprised when iPhone came out with full-screen applications. Eventually us Apple users will give in to what Steve Jobs wanted back in the Next days.
I love the whole iOS vs Android vs Windows-Mobile vs WebOS war. This harkens back to the days when every computer hardware vendor had its own OS and migrating from one hardware manufacturer to another meant changing OSs. Back in the day (doncha love that phrase?) I had my several applications running on multiple computers because the computer which did word-processing didn't compile-and-link and the neither would replace VT100 or ADM300. Getting a new computer meant servicing a need that just didn't run on one of the existing computers.
The thing I really loved about MacOS, and which Microsoft completely failed to get when they copied MacOS, and also which iOS doesn't permit! is the idea of keeping related files organized together even though the files were used and created by different applications. Further, MacOS let us have icons which showed kind of file it was. The name would tell us what the file contained, the icon would tell us what kind of file it was. Pointless glitz took away what the icon meant. Doh.
Sorry for the rant, it got away from me (I'm not sorry).