Fun With Anachronisms

The one constant of OS X is that each version, for better or worse, will bring new changes to the user interface: From pinstripes to brushed metal, platinum to prokit, the OS X UI has a volatile history. If the UI had an iTunes playlist “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” would be right next to Metallica. Not to say that this is a bad thing (I don’t know anyone waxing nostalgic for garish pinstripes), but rather that, as OS X evolves, we shouldn’t be afraid to take a look back in order to preserve the things that make us different. I’m not talking about digging up OS 9 from its well deserved funeral or reviving happy mac, but something a bit more...subtle...

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I’m talking about rounded display corners; one of the small touches that’s bound every mac from the original 128k in 84’ to the very last days of Tiger in 2007. Alas, with the growing prevalence of LCD’s, the rounded corner is quite the dunsel, but that doesn’t mean its gone for good...

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Enter Displaperture

This cool little utility lets you revel in a past that otherwise might be lost with just a few clicks:

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No one knows what the future will bring with 10.6, but I know that when it comes, I can hold my head high knowing that I’m only using 99.9985% of my screen real estate.

Now I just have to figure out where I put that 8-track deck...