Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, is discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a 'File'. After all, most tablets and phones don't show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that are necessary for interoperability. Without the notion of a File or other similar shared content abstraction, the ability to use different applications with the same information grinds to a halt, which hampers innovation and user experience." Aside from the fact that a file manager for Android is just a click away, and aside from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept. One of my biggest gripes with iOS is just how user-hostile the operating system it when it comes to getting stuff - whatever stuff - to and from the device.
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My story
by henderson101 on Fri 29th Jun 2012 23:45 UTC
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

I read a lot of scanlation Manga. I get this on my iPad with no external data transfer. In the old days, I had to use iTunes etc, but now I do this:

1) open iCab, download file.
2) select file when downloaded, rename from xxxx.zip to xxxx.cbz
3) select file and "open in"
4) select comicbooklover in menu (I have at least 5 options here)
6) open file, read, enjoy.

I listen to a lot of podcasts. How do I do this without iTunes? I use Downcast, though the Podcasts app can also do this now.

Music - iTunes match. I simply match my music collection once. Apple upgrades my shitty MP3's I got from grey sources to iTunes quality. I then select what I want on the device whenever and wherever I like.

I edit an office doc on my iPad. iCloud syncs it. I grab it from iCloud at work.

My iPad backs up to iCloud automatically.

I'm not really sure what else I'm desperately trying to get on or off my iPad. Video? Sits in iCab or Dropbox. "opens in" VLC. Errr... There isn't anything really. Movies and pictures go to camera roll, projects go to iCloud or at a push I use the iTunes file transfer. It's rare though.

Edited 2012-06-29 23:47 UTC

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RE: My story
by darknexus on Sat 30th Jun 2012 14:00 in reply to "My story"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

1) open iCab, download file.
2) select file when downloaded, rename from xxxx.zip to xxxx.cbz
3) select file and "open in"
4) select comicbooklover in menu (I have at least 5 options here)
6) open file, read, enjoy.


There's a bit of a problem with your example here. You do need to know about files to accomplish this. Else, how would you know to rename the extension from .zip to .cbz? You may not need external data transfer but, if you had no idea how files and their extensions worked, you would not be able to do this. Not only would you not be able to know what to rename the file to, but you wouldn't even have a concept of renaming that file's extension if you were ignorant of how files worked. Hell, you wouldn't even have the concept of downloading in a web browser and transferring to a local application if you didn't know about files. This is why files are so fundamentally important, and must be learned by all who use computers. Even if most applications don't make you deal with a file directly, you will inevitably find times when you must deal with them.

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