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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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]: Comment by some1
by Soulbender on Sun 1st Jul 2012 14:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by some1"
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Oh, right. Kids LOVE to go to school!


Yes, some do.

You're an idiot.


I'm guessing you didn't though.

Only the complete morons like you do not realize that what they want or care for are actually files.


No, what people care about is what is stored in the files. If this abstraction is called files, or objects or containers or whatever is not really important.

Files help both humans and computers manage large and complex groups of data


Sure, but files might as well be called something else.
The main reason we are using "files" and "directories" rather than something else is out of tradition and that it maps well enough to our physical world to make it easy for us to understand.

Even though some OSs hide files from the user, the OS still needs to work with files.


No it doesn't. The OS will work fine without files, it just needs the binary data and a way to locate it. Abstracting this binary data into files and directories is mainly for making it easier for users and developers to work with the OS.

Edited 2012-07-01 14:09 UTC

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