Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Apr 2010 15:48 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Dan Hon makes a thought-provoking assertion in his blog: remember all the ridiculous, unrealistic computer interfaces that Hollywood characters are always using, showing "hackers" infiltrating systems by flying through virtual reality worlds of strange codes, and cutesy animations accompanying every task? Hon's point is that instead of ridiculing these unrealistic interfaces, maybe we should try to emulate them. He makes a pretty good case.
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Just Two Ideas
by Nathan O. on Fri 16th Apr 2010 16:47 UTC
Nathan O.
Member since:
2005-08-11

What if we:

1) Tracked the difference between a computer doing things and a person doing things? (And maybe there could be shades of grey, like when you access a shortcut and the machine therefore opens a file on your behalf)

2) Tracked how much people / computers used files or other data, toward the goal of profiling the difference in importance of a file so that, for example, upon deleting something I spent hours making, my computer could say, "Yeah, you spent hours making this. You sure you want to delete?"

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RE: Just Two Ideas - good ideas
by jabbotts on Fri 16th Apr 2010 18:41 in reply to "Just Two Ideas"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Your first makes me think of *nix style systems that provide a very script-able machine level interface and a very pretty human level interface; the inclusion of one not limiting the other. The machine can have full control including changing config files through cli and scripting. The human can have full control including mouse and gestures.

Your second is a very interesting idea also; make the platform aware of files in a more meaningful way. The trick here is including that metadata without it becoming a security risk. This probably means metadata in the file system rather than the file itself. I'm thinking that combined with a localized google search type thing that can generate relevance based on the metadata and behavioral data collected.

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RE: Just Two Ideas
by r_a_trip on Fri 16th Apr 2010 19:37 in reply to "Just Two Ideas"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

2) Tracked how much people / computers used files or other data, toward the goal of profiling the difference in importance of a file so that, for example, upon deleting something I spent hours making, my computer could say, "Yeah, you spent hours making this. You sure you want to delete?"

Please don't. The amount of time could be indicative of importance, but doesn't have to be. It would be a shame if the concept for definitive cure for cancer, hastily written down in fifteen seconds on a digital note after a long afternoon of thinking, got deleted without warning, because you didn't spend enough time on it for it to be important.

As a consolation, the horrid pixelstain you produced after three hours of mucking about with a Wacom tablet, while you know you aren't a Van Gogh, won't be accidentally deleted...

It's when a program starts to assume I am doing someting or want something, it starts driving me up the wall. Clippy anyone?

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RE[2]: Just Two Ideas
by olefiver on Fri 16th Apr 2010 20:10 in reply to "RE: Just Two Ideas"
olefiver Member since:
2008-04-04

As long as nothing gets Deleted! by automagic, I see no problem with the idea of the PC knowing the time the user have worked against a textdocument or other file.
If the user decides to delete a random folder with some potentially important based on time spent creating, the system would give a heads up.

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