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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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 some1 on Sat 30th Jun 2012 17:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by some1"
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Clueless? Really?

Yes. You object to the things I didn't say. I wonder if you've actually read my comments or you're just channeling your righteous anger at Apple. (Note that I didn't mention Apple or their products anywhere before.)

How does one transfer "content" from device to computer, from one platform to another?

Say you have files, does this help?
If you want to share stuff, you can have content-specific ways of doing it, like uploading to Youtube or Flickr, posting on Facebook or whatever. Sending by email is one of the universal options. Note that email doesn't have a concept of files -- attachments are just parts in multi-part message. Also note that sharing can do on-demand conversion to some standard format, if for some reason the content was stored in a different format. If all else fails, you should be able to access the raw bytes and do whatever you want with them.

This has nothing to do with the point that I'm making. My point is that files, in the sense of Unix files, should not be the user interface to data. It does not work. Even if you know everything about files, it's still annoying to use with non-text data. Files were simply not designed for this. The move to "apps" is just admitting that fact -- we failed to teach computer to organize content in a generic and sensible way; instead we teach users that they need to use a photo app to view their photos. Of course, this leads to interoperability/sharing problems you're complaining about. But the apps approach is the reverse of what I say.

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

Where did you read that in my comments? Files can be created on demand when interfacing with systems that require it.

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