Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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Interesting
by bouhko on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:42 UTC
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I have a few questions regarding this new Document Library thing :
- It seems to still allow folders (would be a fucking huge mess otherwise), but only one level. This seems really dumb. Like if you keep your contracts or receipts, it makes a *lot* of sense to have a contracts folder and inside it at least one folder per year (and maybe then per-month).
- How does it handle files that can be used by multiple apps : html, photos/images, etc... ?

Oh and I think I've never heard anybody complain about how having folders is hard. I think it's one of the easiest computing concept to understand for non-tech people. It's actually like in real life. You'll have a shelf with a "receipt" folder and then in it you'll have on folder per year or whatever.

Now, I'm all for adding tagging and metadata capabilities to filesystem with a nice UI so you can easily have a file in multiple folders and search/filter them more easily. But removing the whole folder concept seems really dumb.

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