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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RE: Oliver has lost it.
by phoenix on Thu 26th Jul 2012 02:04 UTC in reply to "Oliver has lost it."
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I deal with a lot of Windows users in my day job.

People understand directory hierarchies. But Windows makes 'Desktop' the root of a pseudo-filesystem, and 'My Documents' the root of another pseudo-filesystem, both of which are only accessible from icons in Windows Explorer.

When people have to deal with the actual filesystem on the disk, they get confused, because C: is the real root of the filesystem, and 'Desktop' and 'My Documents' are buried several levels deep.

I'm a firm believer that all the 'help' MS provides to users is actually hindering more then helping.

If you provide users access to the filesystem, they'll figure things out. Hide things behind layers upon layer of abstractions to 'simplify' things, and you'll just confuse them.

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