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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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: My story
by darknexus on Sat 30th Jun 2012 14:00 UTC in reply to "My story"
darknexus
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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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