Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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by PlunderBunny on Wed 25th Jul 2012 23:18 UTC
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This may sound contradictory, but I don't think think it's the concept of folders [née directories] that's hard for 'normal' users to grasp, it's the concept of hierarchies. Technical people like to organise things in tree-like hierarchies, but (with all due respect), we don't grasp just how unnatural this is for ordinary people.

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RE: Hierarchies
by viton on Thu 26th Jul 2012 15:35 in reply to "Hierarchies"
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we don't grasp just how unnatural this is for ordinary people.

Like a books in a bag. Or money in a wallet inside a pocket?
Yeah, hierarchies are so unnatural.

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RE[2]: Hierarchies
by PlunderBunny on Thu 26th Jul 2012 23:17 in reply to "RE: Hierarchies"
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"Like a books in a bag. Or money in a wallet inside a pocket?"

No, like a bag inside a book, which is inside a bag... or a wallet inside a pocket, which is in turn inside another wallet...

I'm not necessarily defending Apple's decision regarding one level of folders in iCloud, but it's not hard to see how restricting it to one level make it easier for ordinary people to understand. People put (real, paper) documents inside a (real, manilla) folder, but it's a rare person that puts a (real) folder in a folder.

Edited 2012-07-26 23:20 UTC

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