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 Chrispynutt on Thu 26th Jul 2012 11:52 UTC
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My friend works for a local College in the art & design dept.

When the students first arrive that have no concept of organisation of files. This is because up and till that moment their files do not have to be used by others and there is no collaboration. Each student in High School worked on isolated individual tasks.

The first problem they hit is collecting files together for print. They just have a mass of source, development and final files mashed together. They just don't understand how to organise files so others can work with them. This is childs play compared to then getting them to do simple HTML websites that require a structure to work.

Then you get a few of them together and you have collision of messy or no existent file systems and often restricted shared storage.

File systems are there not just for a single person's needs, but for the whole collaborative effort.

Killing collaborative effort seems to just be another arm of Apple's self mutilation of their devices content creation abilities.

It all seems to be in the name of 'Usability', but usability isn't about never asking the user to learn something. That mentality and combined with the insanity of over simplification eventually leads to less capable software and less capable users.

I don't mean it is the snobby tech nerd sense, that if you can't do Y you aren't a 'Real' user. I just mean that like so many things, you become more capable by learning, not by removing every need to learn.

Edited 2012-07-26 11:54 UTC

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