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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:39 am    Post subject: ICONS on Desktop after installation Reply with quote

I was wondering, after installing an application/program it places Icons on the desktop. Do I just drag them to the trash after they install? I downloaded Stuffit and it placed a drive looking Icon on the Desktop. I don't want to uninstall anything. So, how do I know which Icons I can leave and which to trash? Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is the file it used to install from, a mounted disk image. Dragging it to the trash will "eject" the disk image and it will go away.

I don't know of any programs that place shortcut icons on the desktop. Applications have the .app extension. OS X hides extensions by default like windows does. I really hate that and have turned on all extensions so I can tell exactly what each file is.

If you have a two button mouse right click on the file in question and select info to find out waht kind of file it really is.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that Diablo II installs an icon to the desktop. If it looks like a drive or disc, then you can right click to eject it or do what homerjatmoes said.

I'm waiting for the day when metadata matters and file extensions do not (by metadata I mean internal file metadata, not external, such as file extensions).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
I know that Diablo II installs an icon to the desktop. If it looks like a drive or disc, then you can right click to eject it or do what homerjatmoes said.

I'm waiting for the day when metadata matters and file extensions do not (by metadata I mean internal file metadata, not external, such as file extensions).

Come to think of it Total immersion Racing did put an icon on the desktop, but both are also from the Windows world and games. There probably are others but I am so used to deleting them from the desktop after an install it's hard to remember.

My problem with hiding extensions stems from Windows. With extensions hidden a file can show up as somesong.mp3 while in actuality it is somesong.mp3.exe and in reality is a virus or trojan.

Metadata is one of my favorite features in *nix.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

homerjatmoes wrote:
Susurrus wrote:
I know that Diablo II installs an icon to the desktop. If it looks like a drive or disc, then you can right click to eject it or do what homerjatmoes said.

I'm waiting for the day when metadata matters and file extensions do not (by metadata I mean internal file metadata, not external, such as file extensions).

Come to think of it Total immersion Racing did put an icon on the desktop, but both are also from the Windows world and games. There probably are others but I am so used to deleting them from the desktop after an install it's hard to remember.

My problem with hiding extensions stems from Windows. With extensions hidden a file can show up as somesong.mp3 while in actuality it is somesong.mp3.exe and in reality is a virus or trojan.

Metadata is one of my favorite features in *nix.


Surriously. I used to need the file extensions on the PC. I work with tons of different file formats and extensions and sometimes files that have fake extensions, as it is Windows. It's hard to do much on a Windows without turning on all file extensions.

I would think that putting icons on the desktop is more of a Windows thing. Of course, I only have two icons on my desktop because that's how I like things, but pretty much everything on Windows wants to put something on the desktop. No "real" Mac apps that I've installed have put an icon on the desktop, it's always the Dock.

I can't wait to see where the Spotlight technology heads. This truly is the start of lots of metadata use. I read an interesting article that talks about where Spotlight could be heading (eg indexing databases such as Entourage and mbox files), and soon we will be living in an age where everything is just a search or a saved search, really. Eventually we won't care about where files are stored because storing them on a CD will be as hard as burning a smart folder, which would inuitively know to burn the actual data to a disk, not the saved search or aliases.
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