Oh Samsung, you never learn, do you? Maybe not, but neither does Cult of Mac. They published a piece on Samsung’s shameless new S Launcher, which looks surprisingly like the OS X Dock, Leopard style. I’m sure the usuals, like Jim Dalrymple, will talk about that part of the story, but something different caught my eye:

Stealing an idea like the dock is fine. Great companies steal, but they transform the idea into something that is their own. Microsofts Start Menu was inspired by the OS X dock, but they made it look and function completely different.

Really, Cult of Mac? The Start Menu was inspired by the Dock?

The Start Menu, from 1995

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was inspired by the Dock, from 2001.

Even if you look at the Dock’s predecessor from the 1980s, it’s still hard to believe this row of icons inspired a hierarchical menu system.

How can you know if something is “inspired by” something else if it “look[s] and function[s] completely different[ly]”? Now, the Windows 7 Taskbar, on the other hand…

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