Names for the spinning pizza cursor

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  1. R94N macrumors 68020

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    There have probably been hundreds of other threads about this, but I wanted to make a fresh one. What names do you have for the spinning cursor you sometimes get when your Mac's working really hard? I usually call it the 'spinning pizza', although I know there are others. Most inventive wins! :p
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    The Apple Human Interface Guidelines officially refer to it as the "spinning wait cursor".

    It hardly looks like a pizza...
     
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    +1. It's the most appropriate name.
     
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    I usually call it the spinning beach ball of death.
     
  10. R94N thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for your replies everyone :)

    Together with the startup chime, they're two things that I find intriguing about the Mac.
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    It's none of the above. It's a spinning magneto-optical disc.
     
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    The "Oh my god don't you crash x" colourful thingy.
     
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    I call it "OMFG! ISN'T 4 GIGS OF RAM ENOUGH?"
     
  14. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    Heard it like this for as long as I can remember
     
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    No kidding. I curse at my Mini all the time with that same statement. "WHADDYA MEAN YOU'RE USING 4GB OF RAM??"

    It's even worse on my Mac Pro at work. I foolishly thought having two Xeons and 16GB of RAM would be enough.
     
  16. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Dude...

    Until FSB's are wider than eight-lane freeways, memory latency is naught and storage media has a lower read-time of light speed, the ball will be there... it's how computers work!

    All it means, really, is that somewhere down the line is a bottleneck. For most, that's their hard drive. But even the snappiest SSD's can sometimes not appease the ball...

    Beachball of death? Great, give the MS fanboys something to ***** about.

    Since when does a beachball mean, "GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!" All it means is somewhere down the pipeline a process is waiting... for what? Who knows. Sometimes formulae simply get caught in an infinite loop <8O It's inherent of programs designed by fallible humans, so get used to it.

    Besides, it happens to be a magneto-optical disk. In the same way Microsoft copped the idea and displays a disc icon beside the cursor when accessing optical media. Then again, what hasn't Microsoft blatantly taken? They haven't had an original thought since MS-DOS. OOPS NO! Hahaha.
     
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    That thing really exists ? WOW. I thought I was tripping all this time.
     
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    This is a fascinating (if only from the geek & nerd standpoint) look at the history of the startup chime. on Vimeo. :)
     
  19. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    I call it Charlie.
     
  20. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    Even MSDOS wasn't an original idea!
    MS BOUGHT "MS"-DOS (aka "Quick and Dirty OS") from Seattle Computer Products!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS-DOS


    About the only "Original" ideas Mr. Gates has had was to be the first "Capitalist Pig" in the computing world.
    and even that had been done before.

    Oink Oink!
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    Oh... "Spinning Beachball of Doom" for me.
    "Death" is just a little much for a Mac. "Death" belongs in PC-land Blue Screens.
     
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    I call it the "I've got too many @#$!%! photos on here" thingy....
     
  22. R94N thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yay for geek and nerds! Seriously though, that vid is pretty interesting.
     
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  24. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Do I have to define what "OOPS NO!" means? Do I?!
     

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