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bob

1
1. Bell-ringing a particular set of changes
2. Angling
a. short for bobfloat
b. the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
c. this position on a wet-fly cast

bob

2
1. a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
2. a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc., impregnated with an abrasive material
3. Angling a small knot of worms, maggots, etc., used as bait
4. Prosody a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
5. a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
6. a docked tail, esp of a horse

bob

[bäb]
(metallurgy)
A feeding device for providing molten metal to a casting during solidification to prevent shrinkage.

plumb bob, plummet

A shaped metal weight which is suspended from the lower end of a line to determine the vertical. (See illustration p. 744.)

Bob

David Betz. A tiny object-oriented language.

ftp://ftp.mv.com/pub/ddj/packages/bob15.arc.

[Dr Dobbs J, Sep 1991, p.26].

Microsoft Bob

An alternate interface for Windows from Microsoft that was designed for people afraid of computers. Introduced in 1996, Bob came with a word processor, checkbook and other home-oriented utilities. Rather than the desktop metaphor, Bob used household rooms decorated with familiar objects. There was even a selection of outdoor scenes visible through the windows in the house. The dog Rover provided online help.

Too Cutesy
Bob never became popular because it was downright silly, treating people as if they were infants. Even the name Bob was chosen because surveys claimed it was friendly. But instead of refining the Windows interface, designers went to the other extreme. People were, and still are, afraid of computers because the menus are too complicated. The only help novices ever needed and still need is a separate beginner's menu with limited choices, not turning the desktop into a house.


The Public Family Room
This family room was Bob's startup screen. Clicking the calendar launched the calendar program; clicking the $ box opened a financial guide and so on. The windows in Microsoft Bob were not application windows. They were views looking out the window from the house (top). Words such as "Looky" were meant to be friendly but were just plain infantile. (Images courtesy of Dan Rose.)


The Public Family Room
This family room was Bob's startup screen. Clicking the calendar launched the calendar program; clicking the $ box opened a financial guide and so on. The windows in Microsoft Bob were not application windows. They were views looking out the window from the house (top). Words such as "Looky" were meant to be friendly but were just plain infantile. (Images courtesy of Dan Rose.)
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Pigs ate sweet corn, and sheep bobbed for apples at the apple-bobbing booth!