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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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[4]: Ted Nelson on files
by ricegf on Sun 1st Jul 2012 12:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ted Nelson on files"
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Actually, I'm typing this on an iPad on which I've organized my apps into... Folders. I think Steve Jobs invented folders in iOS 4 as a way for iPad users to... Organize page after page of apps, which were too hard to find without a folder... Hierarchy.

Except that he was careful to keep the hierarchy to two levels, so that my Media folder can't contain a Photos folder. So I named that Media - Photos.

Because users don't care about organizing their files and apps in folders.


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