Posted Jan 31, 2013 16:37 UTC (Thu) by Aliasundercover (subscriber, #69009)
Parent article: Seigo: Plasma.next()?
When I see words along the lines of "not expose the hierarchical file system" I anticipate the need to learn yet another file system with new and different rules and methods. The need for a file system never goes away, we must store things and find them again. Perhaps a simple and constrained appliance can benefit from a focused design. Still, different always starts out behind as existing knowledge and habits don't apply.
Personally I hate tags and like the hierarchical design. I like grouping corresponding things together and being able to handle them all as a unit. That and a name is usually all I need. Entering or managing tags is unwelcome.
Ever notice how every microwave oven is different from every other one? They seem to burn out once a season in my office so we get to see lots of different ones. They are all so different only the most dedicated lunch cookers bother learning how to do more than turn them on and off. The latest one even takes some fishing around to find which button means off assuming one does not want to trust the safety interlock and simply open the door in frustration. I think the people who design these things have a club. Anyone who makes a new microwave oven to work like an old microwave oven gets thrown out of the club in shame.
The hierarchical file system is a great success in computing. I wish designers would embrace it, not try to hide it in shame.