Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 10:21 UTC
Features, Office While the capabilities of operating systems have improved over the last years, the improvements have largely focused on under the hood changes. New functionality is reaching the user via additional applications which allow her to write a DVD, connect to her mp3 player, download streaming video locally and other tasks which were not present before. But the graphical interface of the computer itself is keeping the same concepts introduced with its appearance. One could argue that the graphical environment of computers is exactly the same for the last 10 years and only cosmetic changes take place in newer versions of operating systems. Moving away from the desktop metaphor is harder than it seems. Even alternative operating systems have embraced the concept instead of exploring new ideas. This article describes a solution which attempts to free the user from the files/folder concept.
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Automated data (file) management
by n1xt3r on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:04 UTC
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You'd be surprised at the efficiency one can achieve with a little scripting knowledge and some help from command line tools, such as find and xargs. In all seriousness though, scripting data management will always be a necessity as long as users and/or programmers are too lazy to cleanup after themselves. And I don't see a metadata based file system reducing this problem anytime soon.

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