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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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[6]: Comment by some1
by some1 on Sun 1st Jul 2012 00:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by some1"
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Check the context of the article:

"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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Yes, but I'm explaining how we got there, not justifying iOS. You wouldn't know, because you didn't _read_ my comments.

...And then the next thing you know we hear: "Oh, but the user doesn't need that anyway"

These are voices in your head. I've never said that.

But I transfer files all the time

What a surprise, really.

So .. I have to rely on a 3rd party company to share my ... content?!

This was an example. Not sure if you're familiar with the concept.

What if the application chooses not to provide this feature? Or decides to restrict it in some way?

Which application? The whole point is that this functionality belongs to the OS.

The concept of files and folders being your "content" and "storage area" is absolutely intuitive

I realize you didn't read any studies on the subject, but even in this thread I've already addressed this.

IF I can't access my "content" directly

Directly how? Feel magnetic field with your fingers? Again, I've never said you cannot access raw data. I've said this should be unnecessary for end users.

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