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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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[2]: Comment by some1
by some1 on Sat 30th Jun 2012 04:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by some1"
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It takes less than five minutes to teach someone the meaning and hierarchy of files, directories.

Oh sure, it takes much less than a minute to explain what file and directory are, unless you're using Unix command line to do this. The problem isn't knowing what they are, the problem is using them. Humans are not very good at generating and memorizing hundreds of names. It's hard to organize random stuff into hierarchies (where do I put photos from a 2011 friends' wedding -- 2011, Friends, Weddings?) -- which is why, for example, tags are wildly popular on the web -- first web catalogs tried to use hierarchies. Most email clients support either tags or virtual folders that allow many to many relationship between files and directories.
Have you ever tried to manage a big photo archive, or music archive, or video archive? Pretty much the only way is to automatically rename/move files based on metadata, usually keeping metadata in some database for quick access. At this point files and directories cease to have any useful purpose.
What I'm saying is that OS should provide standard services for managing contents based on metadata, rather than giving users files and leaving management to 3rd party apps, which do this in a million incompatible ways.

Yes. They want their files.

Only clueless nerds want files. Everyone else wants contents.

Edited 2012-06-30 04:28 UTC

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