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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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[3]: Ted Nelson on files
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 10:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ted Nelson on files"
Thom_Holwerda
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This is the issue with the argument. Tech people assume that a file system is the best and only way to present logical blocks of data. It's not.


Try getting some photos off or on your iPad. Look at regular folk trying to figure out the god-awful mess that is iTunes. Most iOS users I know - scratch that, ALL iOs users I know just email stuff to and from the device. Is that progress?

You know how it works on Android?

1. Plug device in.
2. Drag shit onto it.
3. The end.

This is not complicated, and it's an operation EVERYBODY knows how to do because it's exactly the same as USB sticks, which EVERYBODY understands. On iOS, getting files to and from the device is a nightmare, and there's no indication Apple is doing anything at all to make this easier.

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