Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:58 UTC
Apple As I was casually browsing around today, I came across this blog post. It's about the recently released VLC media player for the iPad, which you can use to play just about any video under the sun on your iPad. The blog post is a complaint about a bit of help text that's not properly rendered inside the application - annoying, but no dealbreaker. Until I actually read the text - this is how you're supposed to get content on your iPad?
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Macrat
Member since:
2006-03-27

What about simply mounting the iPhone in the Finder/Explorer


You're assuming that most computer users today even know what a Finder/Explorer window is.

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

You are really in troubles if you do not know what "Finder/Explorer" is.

I think that must exist a minimal/basic computer knowledge that every user must know: If nobody asks to someone else to drive a car when the latter does not know how to do it, why do we consider that the software must be quite easy to use for people with no training at all?

Edited 2010-09-22 21:19 UTC

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I find it so hard not to get angry with people. Regularly I try to give people directions.
"Okay,just open up Explorer" I say
"What's that?", replies my uneducated subject
"It's your file manager" I return with. So he doesn't know the name of his file manager, big deal. Or so I delude myself.
"I don't think I have a... 'file manager'" at this point I twitch but keep my cool. I calmly explain that the file manager is where they can see their files, copy them, and otherwise use them. I see a smile and a nod as the idea seems to dawn on him. I expect him to click on that shiney "Computer" button. He opens iTunes... At this point, on the inside I am in a muderous rage at the idiocy of the so called (and sadly, likely true) "average" computer user. I take over control of the computer, the user's objections holding about as much meaning and coherency to me as the grunting of a large ape. The job is done, and I take a week off from "people" so I don't kill the next one to ask me a stupid question.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You're not going to get very far with a computer not knowing what a file is.

To have to have an iTunes subscription and only be able to get content through vetted channels is piss poor and you know it.

Edited 2010-09-23 00:41 UTC

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

You're not going to get very far with a computer not knowing what a file is.

Unfortunately there are whole tribes of computing impaired specimens that get by on just clicking the "floppy" icon, and then depending on the MRUL (without even knowing what that is) to reopen their stuff.

They don't save a file, they "make Windows remember" what they just did. They even "know that Windows can remember 10 things".

**Shudder**

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