March 3rd, 2005



I've just watched a video of Sun's 3D desktop (Project Looking Glass), and I _still_ can't see the point of a 3D desktop. Largely when I'm working I want a single app, maximised. Sometimes I want a couple of apps so I can retype something from one window to another, or read documentation while working, but I don't think I've ever needed something in 3D - largely because my screen isn't 3D, so trying to put 3D things on it just means you're overlaying the things I'm actually trying to look at.

Has anyone got a suggestion for how a 3D desktop might be useful?


Amusingly, off the four people who answered my "Why 3D desktops?" question, 3 of them just said "You can't think of a use because you like 2D!" and one of them offered a 3D use for an application, not a desktop.

Anyone care to actually offer me some way that 3D is better than 2D _for a desktop_?


I'm currently using Remote Assistance to download antispyware onto Dad's machine so I can cleanse it of EVIL.

Dad _was_ safe, as he was behind NAT, but when the router gave up the ghost he just connected his machine directly to the evil nest of spammers and viruses that is the internet.

And now Ad-Aware has found 316 Critical Objects (so far).

If some of Dad's software didn't require Windows I'd make him buy a Mac.