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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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 Chrispynutt on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 15:58 UTC
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Einstein said: "It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience."

Or the more common paraphrase “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

That's where I sit on this file system and usability over simplification.

If you take usability to the nth degree the most usable computer would be one that does what you want without asking and sometimes before you have. However how then do you know what you would want to do.

Apple's treatment of the filesystem is really just an extension of their new computers as dumb devices mentality. They decide what you can buy (law suits against competitors), they deside how you use it and what you can do with it, they decide what programs open what files and put any competitors at a disadvantage.

You want to worst of it, this disease is catching and their competitors are taking notes. This gen of Android phone have more sealed in batteries and memory than all the pervious gens combined. MS is busy destroying Windows to have that level of control for themselves.

When I have a computer I want to be the user, not some guest on some device I have licensed from the real user, the company that made it.

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