Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 03:29 UTC
Windows Windows Vista will improve search functionality on a PC by letting users tag files with metadata, but those tags could cause unwanted and embarrassing information disclosure, Gartner analysts warned.
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Um no
by ma_d on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 05:22 UTC
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2005-06-29

This is just another reason why users need to understand the software they're using.
Meta-data is a good thing... However, users need to be aware it's there and that it's treated as a part of the time and not some sort of magical thing they never worry about. Just like document history on their Word documents.

Now, making tools like outlook ask you each time if you want the meta-data included might be one solution (obviously with an option to always do one option or the other and a way to change it once it's attached). Also, other similar tools could do the same things.

This is just one more evidence that the FOSS solution has been right the whole time: Educate the user.

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RE: Um no
by Bending Unit on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 05:45 in reply to "Um no"
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2005-07-06

This is just one more evidence that the FOSS solution has been right the whole time: Educate the user.
That's because they rather say RTFM instead of designing usable software.

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RE[2]: Um no
by on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 10:57 in reply to "RE: Um no"
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You are aware that computers are infact tools, which require some sort of education before usage. I hear those virus writters make usable software, all it takes is a double click in Outlook Express.

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RE[2]: Um no
by on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 19:29 in reply to "RE: Um no"
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That's because they rather say RTFM instead of designing usable software.

The end user choice and ease of use stuff built into MS products is generally what is getting them in so much trouble, as this article points out. Are you suggesting that more of this needs to be coded into software that doesn't already suffer from those problems? Maybe you should suggest this to any F/OSS coders you know and see if they will try it.

Or are you espousing the Mac philosophy that any software that needs a manual is poorly written?

Or 'C', none of the above?

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