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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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 01:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by tupp"
tupp
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2006-11-12

That might have been correct 20 years ago, but sadly, this is not the truth anymore. While "unspoiled" young people actually have the chance to learn this, the majority seems to be learning-resistent and memory-freed.

I'll bet you USD$1000 that I can pick any normal youth from 10-17 and teach them within 20 minutes where to find a file in a directory hierarchy.

Edited 2012-06-30 01:03 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by tupp
by Doc Pain on Sat 30th Jun 2012 01:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tupp"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

I'll bet you USD$1000 that I can pick any normal youth from 10-17 and teach them within 20 minutes where to find a file in a directory hierarchy.


I'd be happy to supply you with a German of "generation smartphone" and see how you do. Then let's check what has been kept in memory two weeks later. :-)

I don't want to argue that it's possible to teach those knowledge (with some work), but obtaining that knowledge by oneself is more and more the exception here. From my own experience, I have certain "favourite candidates" who need constant teaching of where they did store their offers and invoices. We're talking about adults obviously. Maybe the situation is not that bad in the lower age area, and maybe even less desillusional outside Germany.

Still: "What should I learn this for? I don't need it! The PC does all by itself!" :-)

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RE[4]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Sat 30th Jun 2012 01:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tupp"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

I'd be happy to supply you with a German of "generation smartphone" and see how you do. Then let's check what has been kept in memory two weeks later. :-)

Has to be English speaking kids -- I don't speak German.

We will check two weeks later to see if they can perform the same file managing tasks, without help from me.

What do you say?

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