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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Oh god, that's just too accurate. I'm not sure whether to laugh, or cry.

That said, DnD is a nightmare in itself: you never know whether dragging and dropping something in explorer is going to cut, copy, or create a link to the file, plus it's all too common for someone's finger to slip mid-dragging and for the file to get lost into the nethers of computer oblivion.

The number of times that I've shown someone how to open up two windows side-by-side (that is, after I've stripped most of the crap out of Explorer's UI) and ctrl+c/v or copy/paste from the context menus and, once I handed control back over to the user, the *first* thing the user did was maximise one of the explorer windows... ugh, it's just exasperating.

Worse yet is people who don't know where their files are: they just save their document to wherever the Windows save dialogue takes them, then they only know how to access the file from Word's recent files list.

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axilmar Member since:

Files and directories is not the appropriate metaphor for illiterate computer users. There needs to be another metaphor.

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werpu Member since:

Files and directories is not the appropriate metaphor for illiterate computer users. There needs to be another metaphor.

Well apples approach was to hide them and make things in this area 10 times more complicated. Guess what 90% of computer users are perfectly fine with folders and files the 10% impaired cannot be helped not even by removing folders and files but trying that causes problems for the 90% who actually can think and adapt.

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Icaria Member since:

Bullshit. If you can't comprehend a file and *folder* metaphor for cataloguing your data, you're officially too retarded to use a computer and shouldn't be allowed.

The problem isn't the metaphor, the problem is:

a) Implementation. The FHS and layout of the Windows filesystem are both horrible. FHS is redeemed only by everything the user creates being in the /home/username/ directory. Windows can't even get that right, with files ending up all over the place, merged folders and shortcut abuse (nothing is quite as retarded as recursively navigating the filesystem in Windows) - although Windows at least has a sane way of managing multiple filesystems, without nesting them inside of one another.

b) Abstraction. MS gave up on the filesystem back in the mid 90's. It was about then that they started introducing recent files lists and shortcuts in the file dialogues, making the filesystem *less* apparent to the user. These days, it's gotten to the point where 'desktop search' in a standard feature on most desktops, which is absurd; it should never have gotten to the point where you need to search for files on your own bloody computer.

c) Users simply aren't schooled correctly on how to use a filesystem. Beginners' tutorials in computing generally consist of performing a task, like writing a document, or using a web browser. The filesystem and file management are either assumed, or neglected. It's up there with tooltips and the menubar, on the list of shit that people should learn about but are never taught.

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