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Stupid Question: Why did waiting become a spinning circle?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    I know that I'm asking something that is totally irrelevant, but since I've hung around computers for ages, I thought I would ask.

    For years and years, since the advent of the Graphic User Interface on the personal computer in 1984, the icon for "waiting for something" was usually a hourglass, although sometimes a clock was used. Nowadays, it's either a spinning pinwheel (Mac) or a circle (Windows 7). When did the memo came out to change this icon, and what was the reasoning behind it?
     
  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Change for the sake of change.
     
  3. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    I suppose it's an indication of a higher state of technology. :whatdidid
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I don't know the reasoning, but the Mac OS "beachball" started with OS X, if I recall. That would put it in 2000. Maybe just something to occupy you while you're waiting.
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Adding to that, perhaps those icons copyrighted - I do not see that original Apple's palm with folding fingers anymore ...
     
  6. lwilli201

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  7. EdJ

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    It is just to show the user that the computer is doing "Something" and not hung up while it is doing processing.
     
  8. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    The spinning circle has become rather common. I don't know about other DVR's, but TiVo uses the spinning circle on their HD units to indicate waiting.
    Remember 'way back, when software used repeating periods as an indicator?
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    In theory ... I saw and pretty sure many others too, when the hang up happened the wheel or other progress indicator still changing.
     

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