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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And for the umpteenth time, tagging & meta data are not mutually exclusive to hierarchies.

I know that. I even stated so in another post. It doesn't matter though. I don't look at this problem relative to the status quo - to me it is a fundamental thing. You can't just tack on metadata and call it a day - it doesn't actually solve anything.

The problem is not that users use directories to organize files. The problem is that users organize files. It is totally pointless... It serves absolutely no real purpose. It is a distraction. It is stupid. It is nonsensical.

Yet I do it every day. So do you. Why? Because my computer is designed to make me think that I need to. Adding search didn't make me stop doing it. Computers thrust the concept of "file management" on me at every turn, you can't escape it - it is primal to modern computer interfaces. The only way to get rid of it is to expunge it, otherwise it will never truly go away.

Anyway, I'm not interested in an argument about it. I have my notions, you have yours. I said my piece - to each his own.

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