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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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Stupid, stupid
by Nelson on Sat 30th Jun 2012 01:24 UTC
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Users largely don't give a rats ass what directory something is stored in. They don't care the name of the file, the extension, the metadata associated with it. They don't care. They just don't.

Now, there's a lot of things people don't care about, but still should take the time to figure out. Files are most definitely not one of them.

In the end, the more transparent this is to the user the better. The less searching a user has to do the better. I mean, we largely do an end run around this already with OS wide search.

Users care about movies, pictures, music, their social updates, their news, their friends.

They don't care that pictures come from iCloud, or Facebook, or the Pictures folder, or their SDCard. They just care about viewing their pictures.

Users don't care about a status update coming from Twitter, or Facebook, or Google+ (Lol, okay, no one uses that, but still..). They care about what their friends are using.

This myopic behavior in computing needs to stop. The future of computing is around a seamless integration and uniform presentation of all the information in a users life.

Files, Directories, Filesystems are all an impediment to this grand idea.

TL;DR. Who the fuck cares

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