enter the dogcow

March 23rd, 2006


The curiously ambiguous dogcow graphic used to appear in every Mac “Page Setup” print dialog box — it was a dog, or a cow, or something, and it was supposed to help you visualize if you were printing in “landscape or portrait” — confusing terms neither of which meant anything to anyone. Back in their long-hair pot smokin’ hippie days, Apple used to have quite a sense of humor about their technical documentation and even wrote up a technote about the dogcow. The siren call of the dogcow (“Moof!”) was also immortalized in one of the best system beep sounds ever made, available for download for Mac OS X or Windows here.

~jeff

One Response to “enter the dogcow”

  1. The CyberSlug says:

    More information about the history of dogcattle can be found at:

    http://www.storybytes.com/moof.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogcow