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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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RE[2]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Sat 30th Jun 2012 00:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by tupp"
tupp
Member since:
2006-11-12

Files are definitely fundamental to computers. Hence, we have file systems.

How a file is physically stored on a disk does not change the fact that it is a file and that the computer, OS and file system sees it as a file.

And file systems do "give a toss" as to whether or not a file is stored fragmented (at least those file systems that "give a toss" about speed) -- hence, we have defrag software.

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RE[3]: Comment by tupp
by lucas_maximus on Sat 30th Jun 2012 09:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tupp"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The first version of the Macintosh didn't have the concept of files at all.

As henderson said files aren't essential to how computers work.

It is a design decision that was made many years ago to how computers work.

A lot of this is covered in the book "I am not a gadget", but I doubt few on here will ever read it.

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RE[4]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Sat 30th Jun 2012 09:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tupp"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

The first version of the Macintosh didn't have the concept of files at all.

Of course it had files. I used one. What do you think you put in the "trash can?"


As henderson said files aren't essential to how computers work.

Files are essential to any computer that uses a file system (which is 99.99999% of computers).


It is a design decision that was made many years ago to how computers work.

It isn't a "design" decision -- it was necessary to have files for the increased complexity and to conveniently save data.

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