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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Comment by Hae-Yu
by Hae-Yu on Thu 26th Jul 2012 05:52 UTC
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The problem with directories and files in general is that people do not take the time to organize them. It doesn't matter if they are flat or heirarchical.

Helper apps like iTunes and Lightroom can make organizing and working with specific file types easier, but the more effort you put into ensuring the metadata is correct, the better they work for you. In Lightroom, I have nested keywords Places>California>Los Angeles>City Hall or People>Family>Name Name. If you dump all of the keywords under 1 level, you'll be scrolling forever. Same with files.

I prefer metadata searching, but I also made my own extensible "universal directory structure" which meets all of my needs. I actually spent time researching online to see how others did it and then categorizing all of my documents and other user created files. Once I found patterns, the directory structure became apparent. If your machine is a real work horse, then you need to interact with your directory structure frequently.

As to the comment that mail is "gloriously flat", I use folders to organize my email, too. There is no way someone who works out of their email can get away from that, using default metadata.

The big difference is between those who work on a PC and those who have a web/ mail device.

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