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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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: Stupid, stupid
by phoudoin on Sat 30th Jun 2012 16:37 UTC in reply to "Stupid, stupid"
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Users care about movies, pictures, music, their social updates, their news, their friends.

Not true.
You're asserting that users are all the same. They're not. In fact, for every user there is theorically one needs set.

In my case, as a computing devices user whose job is to develop programs for computing devices, I *do* care about others stuffs than movies, pictures, music, social updates, news or friends. While I may care about those, I often care *more* about data format and organisation.

And so far, file abstraction is the minimum feature I'll expect. If it sports also indexed meta-data, hierarchy, crypting, auto versioning of data, I care even more.

Now, maybe *most* users don't care about files, but not all. Every user don't care that much about what other users could care, except when it could reduce the features set they needs.

So, hide my files as much as you want, I won't care that much until 1) they're just hidden anymore but out of my control or 2) I've no means anymore to see and use them the way *I like*, not the way someone else think (or want, for its own reason, not mine) they should.

My data. My way, my choice.
Or say bye-bye to my money.

And each time someone says that the ultra-user-friendly devices makers knowns better than me, I reply: since when I'm a kid again and these makers are my parents!?

Edited 2012-06-30 16:43 UTC

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