Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, is discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a 'File'. After all, most tablets and phones don't show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that are necessary for interoperability. Without the notion of a File or other similar shared content abstraction, the ability to use different applications with the same information grinds to a halt, which hampers innovation and user experience." Aside from the fact that a file manager for Android is just a click away, and aside from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept. One of my biggest gripes with iOS is just how user-hostile the operating system it when it comes to getting stuff - whatever stuff - to and from the device.
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RE: Comment by some1
by tupp on Sat 30th Jun 2012 00:57 UTC in reply to "Comment by some1"
tupp
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Users don't care about files.

Children do not care to learn reading, writing and arithmetic, but we teach them anyway, so that they are not helpless and utterly ignorant. It takes less than five minutes to teach someone the meaning and hierarchy of files, directories.


They want photos, songs, videos, letters, whatever.

Yes. They want their files.


And most people are not capable of organizing their files into sensible hierarchies.

That is because they didn't take five minutes to learn about files and directories.


... exposing files to the user doesn't solve the interoperability problem anyway.

Someone who is exposed to files would probably know the location of an incompatible file and might be able to find a solution for converting that file and making it useful.

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