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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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: Stupid, stupid
by tupp on Sat 30th Jun 2012 01:46 UTC in reply to "Stupid, stupid"
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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.

Perhaps that is generally true, but as I have stated elsewhere in this thread, whether the user cares or not has no bearing on whether or not they should be able to discern the difference between a file and the hole in their ass.

Also, I guarantee that when an utterly ignorant user will suddenly become keenly interested in files and directories, at the moment that he/she is desperately trying to find the presentation or term paper that was misplaced on the drive (for whatever reason).

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.

Again, whether or not that is true has no bearing on whether or not they should take five minutes to learn the meaning of a file and a directory.

In the end, the more transparent this is to the user the better.

Sure. If one wants everyone to be utterly helpless and ignorant.

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.

It really doesn't help to repeat what users care about. Yes. Many users care about all the things that you say, but they also suddenly care about finding and securing their files when something goes wrong.

Regardless, they should be taught the basics in five minutes.

The future of computing is around a seamless integration and uniform presentation of all the information in a users life.

Everyone has a right to their opinion.

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

No. Files, directories and filesystems are fundamental to such an idea. Without these items, you can't have "seamless integration" nor "uniform presentation."

TL;DR. Who the fuck cares

Way to go!

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