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Old 11-21-2012, 09:55 AM   #59
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Originally Posted by Prestidigitweeze View Post
There should be an internet-based medium that allows for programmers to create objects floating through the equivalent of space. A medium tailored to a metaphor that isn't flat -- that isn't like an endless scroll of pages but more like an horizon. A medium that incorporates metaphors of distance, proximity and depth, so that people on this site could go home and devise objects that would float toward us, and we could talk about them instead of Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Of course, that illusory medium would still be language-based and in that sense be reducible to text, so perhaps purists wouldn't like it because it might seem an overlay on the same expanse of flatness.
This reminds me of some movie many years ago in which one of the characters has to find a specific file, and she has to "float" the cursor around a landscape of different directories. It made sense from a filmmaking perspective, giving the viewer something more interesting to watch than typing, but it made for a horribly inefficient interface. Presumably your idea would be more refined than this example.

I'm not surprised that Android is beating in market share; there is a single manufacturer for iOS devices vs. all the makers of Android units. It is somewhat analogous to Macintosh market share compared to Windows. Whether Apple can continue to prosper long term remains to be seen.
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