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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by boblowski on Thu 26th Jul 2012 10:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
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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.


Thom, I'm totally on your side on this issue, but still he does have a point.

I've spent quite some time instructing professional computer users. Many of them do seem to have a problem with hierarchical structures (or just don't see the benefit).

Just not sure if the problem is that hierarchical structures are too abstract.

Since in my experience most of those who seem to have problems are either younger (say under 30) or older (say over 50), I feel the real problem is with poor or lacking computer education in schools.

Perhaps the problem is (just thinking here) that it simply takes energy to work with and set up hierarchies in a meaningful way. And 'modern' or new computer users have grown up with this fatalistic image that anything computer 'just works' (or just doesn't work) and they just don't see the benefit of spending any energy on that.

I mean, this really seems to be something specific to computer users. I've never met a biologist that didn't get taxonomies or any office worker that couldn't exactly describe his/her position in the company hierarchy...

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