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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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Genuine question here.
by gan17 on Sat 30th Jun 2012 02:14 UTC
gan17
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2008-06-03

I like files, or more importantly, I like content, whether made by myself or someone else. I like to move this content as freely as I like between my devices in the simplest way possible, without having to rely on some OS-specific application like iTunes or iMatch ($25 a year?!!) or Fangle-Dangle-Air-Transfer. I don't think there's a way to do that between my Linux/BSD box and an un-jailbreaked iDevice. If there is a way, please enlighten me.

No, libimobiledevice or some Mono-infested Banshee don't count. They break each time there's an update to iTunes or iOS and take months to catch up.

Edited 2012-06-30 02:17 UTC

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