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2. Acceleration > Launching Pad

Launching Pad

Take a look at your computer’s list of applications. If you are using Windows, click on Start and choose Programs. How many columns do you have? Two? Three? Four!? As hard drives have gotten bigger and the kinds of applications (and therefore the tools we must use) have gotten more complex, the number of applications we use has exploded. Of course, with commonplace 100 GB drives, we can pack lots of stuff into our systems. But volume exacts a price.

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The usefulness of an application list is inversely proportional to its length.

The longer the list, the less useful it becomes. With three columns in Windows or a dock that squeezes items to microscopic size in Mac OS X, it’s getting harder and harder to find what we need. This hits developers particularly hard because we have lots of occasional applications: special-purpose tools that we may run only one day a month, but that we desperately need when that day arrives.


  

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