Semi-transparent box on desktop

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Mar 18 14:55:21 UTC 2008

Tom Holroyd wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-03-18 at 09:25 -0400, max bianco wrote:
>> I thought this  post was a joke too.  No offense but i did not think
>> there was anyone using a computer today that didn't know you could
>> grab multiple objects like that, i am glad everyone is so thrilled , a
>> rare enough occurrence around here, but this is pretty basic
>> functionality. I would never have guessed it would cause so much
>> excitement.
> There was a post the other day about accidental rebooting which was
> obviously a joke, but it seems people didn't get it. It's hard to tell
> in email if you are joking (that's why we use smilies).
> If you grew up using the command line like I did the desktop is more of
> an annoyance. A guy once looked at my screen and said, "it doesn't look
> like you are using a window manager at all! Is that just bare X?"
> I like to right click to open up the app menu and select "terminal," but
> that's about it. Oh and the workspace pager obviously. And the clock.

I like X because you can run dozens of windows at once and cut/paste 
among them, but mine mostly tend to be terminals too.  The really 
annoying thing about GUIs is that there's no way to describe or repeat 
what you just did.  On the command line, you can do some complicated set 
of operations, then scroll back through your command history and 
cut/paste it into a script file and you'll be able to repeat that set of 
operations as often as you want on as many machines as you want.  With a 
GUI, you can't even tell someone else how to do what you just did and 
its just as hard to repeat it yourself as it was the first time.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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