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[2]: Comment by kovacm
by kaiwai on Thu 26th Jul 2012 08:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
kaiwai
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Show me the science. Parroting the party line is fun and all, but I want the science. Without it, this is all hot air.


I second that - as soon as I explain that folders are like a filing cabinets (with folders inside folders being like folders in a filing cabinet) then they realise that they can organise the files easily. It is amazing how I too hear the 'anti-directory' brigade and ignore the fact that people have been doing the same thing in the real world with filing cabinets for years but when it comes to the computer then apparently it is 'all too hard and complex'. Oh and for a fair chunk of them they lack organisational skills but in the real world rather than changing the dynamics of the whole organisation to cater for their disorganisation the manager will tell them to get their act together. Apparently when people come to computers all the expectations of organisation go out the window because a computer is some sort of magical device that magically does stuff for people whilst ignoring the fact that a computer is little more than a glorified calculator that only does what it is told - garbage in garbage out.

Edited 2012-07-26 08:09 UTC

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