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Source: Snow Crash, Page: 199

The room is filled with a three dimensional constellation of hypercards, hanging weightlessly in the air. It looks like a high-speed photograph of a blizzard in progress. In some places the hypercards are placed in geometric patterns, like atoms in a crystal. In other places whole stacks of them are piled together. Drifts of them have accumulated in the corners as though Lagos tossed them away when he was finished. Hiro finds that his avatar can walk through the hypercards without disturbing the arrangement. It is, in fact, the three dimensional equivalent of a messy desktop.

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Unlike the physical world, if the virtual workspace is coded to allow it, there is no reason whatsoever why a file cannot be taken out of the filing cabinet, or from a folder, or other storage metaphor - all are storage units, they just look different visually - and just left to hang in mid-air.

This allows true brainstorming, moving concepts around, working out relationships in 3D. You move amongst them, rather than having to just look at one screen at a time, open files in windows, and just leave those windows there, hanging in mid air. Leave the office like that, come back the next morning and continue where you left off.

Work in different windows simply by turning to face them, calling them into focus. Type a bit for one, then turn and type for another. The display tracks round following your head movements, your arm movements. It does not lock you in to one single document window. Just like moving from one piece of paper to another on a desk, save your desk is all the space in the room. Lay work on something else, or just leave it hanging in the air.

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About the Book 'Snow Crash'
By Neal Stephenson
Produced By Bantam Spectra

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