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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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by Dr.Mabuse on Sat 30th Jun 2012 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by some1"
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Users don't care about files.

Haha, I was waiting for someone to write this! It seems to be the standard response to any criticism of a certain company based in Cupertino.

"Oh but the user doesn't care about that."

Plenty of users care. Even the ones that don't care, will ask people that have a clue to take care of the problems they will inevitably experience with these devices for them - and they will care.

We don't all need to be covered in bubble-wrap to protect ourselves.

"Yes. They want their files.

Only clueless nerds want files. Everyone else wants contents.

Clueless? Really?

How does one transfer "content" from device to computer, from one platform to another? Wait for iTunes to be ported?

Is this really the state of modern computing?

More importantly: Is this really what you believe? (you *must* be trolling!) (Edit: I see you do care, so it's another case of just believing everyone else is too stupid to handle it.)

Get serious!

I cringe at the idea of being held at the mercy of a company, ANY company that does not support basic interoperability via files.

Talk about being held to ransom by the lowest common denominator.

Edited 2012-06-30 10:52 UTC

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