What's with Finder's icon?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lord patton, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

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    I've been helping my 70 year old parents learn to use their new MacBook (their first—the fourth switchers I can claim!).

    My mom actually asked a reasonable question—Why does the Finder's icon look like a smiley face. She said it kinda looks like that Theater icon thingy—you know, the one with a happy and sad face.

    So why is the way it is? Mom said it should be a magnifying glass, instead ;)
     
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Your mom makes a good point. It's a design that comes from the early days of Mac OS; it would show up on the boot screen. I'm guessing they kept it around as the Finder icon because of nostalgia. But that's just a guess!
     
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  4. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Well, the image is known as "Happy Mac." Before Tiger (I think) came out, the Apple image we're used to seeing now had the "Happy Mac" imagine in its place. It's basically a relic from the "good old days."
     
  5. lord patton thread starter macrumors 65816

    lord patton

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    Ha! It will be ecstatic when she dumps AOL.
     
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    Indeed. The old systems would show a "happy Mac" while booting up, or a "sad Mac" if something went horribly wrong.
     
  7. Drile macrumors member

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    Glad to say I haven't had to see the "sad Mac" in a looooooong time.
     
  8. adk macrumors 68000

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    Because This [​IMG] is what showed up when early macs booted.
     

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