24 July 2006
Most computer users drag stuff they don't want into the Trash (Mac) or Recycle Bin (Windows), then they empty the trash at irregular intervals. Fairly simple.
Other users like to keep their deleted files indefinitely. One never knows when one wants to take a look at an old version of a file from four years ago. It happens. Frequently.
In order to make this retention strategy workable, it is desirable to be able to instantly delete files which one knows beyond a doubt one will never need again. Things like installation packages, core dumps, or that Star Trek episode you downloaded which turned out to be in Swedish.
Under Windows, this is easy, just Shift-Delete to instantly delete a file. Under OS X it is a bit more complicated. Here's a recipe for adding a Delete icon to the Mac's Dock. Dragging a file onto the Delete icon will immediately destroy it, whereas dragging a file onto the Trash icon will keep it.
That's it, you're done.
The only thing I can't figure out is how to give the folder a custom icon. Setting the icon is easy, but naturally it deletes itself. Any ideas?