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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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A world without files
by Gullible Jones on Sat 30th Jun 2012 14:54 UTC
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Suppose your computer dies. Oh no!

But the hard drive is still good. So you can boot from a CD, move the files to a USB stick, and then move the USB stick to a new computer and drag-and-drop the files to your hard disk. Presto.

Or how about if you want to back up your data? Just copy your files to a USB stick. Done.

How would you do these things without files? An app to pull the data from the hard disk? An app to put it on the USB stick, or copy it off? An app for every simple piece of functionality you get from a file manager?

I think you can see that this is not a good strategy.

I'm not saying that there's no room for improvement in how files, filesystems, and file managers are implemented; but good gods, let's not throw out something that works just because of the steep learning curve. Computers used to be horribly difficult to learn and use, look how far they've come.

Think about it. If people had chucked the concept of the PC out the window because "it's hard to learn," you wouldn't be browsing OSNews from your laptop or iPad or whatever.

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater, please.

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