Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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saving stuff
by Anonymous on Mon 29th Nov 2004 19:11 UTC

Do you really think Aunt Tillie is going to have an easier time with revision control management than with saving a file? What if she has to merge changes or back out changes? People understand saving documents.

On the flip-side, some GNOME devs has been talking about automatically saving, but I still think this can be a bad idea. Sometimes I'll open a document, make some changes, and then decide to scrap them by closing and not saving. With automatic saving, this might be difficult to do.

I think there's really two separate issues. The first is preventing loss of work in a crash. To address this, a program should have a constantly "automatically saved" version in the background. The second is revision control, but unless it's very simple, many users won't be able to effectively use it.