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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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filesystems vs file cabinets
by TechGeek on Sun 1st Jul 2012 02:46 UTC
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I think you are all missing the most obvious example. People invented the file cabinet to hold there info, much like a file system. Cabinet drawers and folders can be arranged in whatever way you want, its pretty much up to you.

Now some of you suggest that we need a better way. Going to an index and then finding the folder you want is tedious. So instead, you take all the folders and throw them out in a big pile on the floor. That's a database. Then you hire a kid to find the files you want when you need them. He's the DBMS. Now, it might be easier in the short term to just ask the kind to bring you a file and let him worry about the organization. But at some point, sooner or later, you are going to have to find something your self. Good luck with that. Maybe a sharp wind (malware) comes along and messes things up. Well now you are screwed. Cause you could have manually put a file cabinet back in order. But you don't have a chance in hell of manually fixing something this complex.

Thats why we use file and folders. While its not sexy, it is still possible for the human mind to make sense of and fix things manually. The general user probably won't ever care. Until they need a geek to get back their only copy of their precious baby pictures they couldn't be bothered to back up.

Edited 2012-07-01 02:47 UTC

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