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My brain may be obsolete

My brain has always been very ordered and hierarchical with a complex nested folder system for everything I so and everyone I meet. The news that OSX and windows are going to be forcing us to use a flat file system with one or no levels of folders is terrifying and may mean the end of me using technology other then cursorily. I have been reading around the subject and cannot imagine, due mainly to the weird way my brain has worked since I was a young child and how the multiple sclerosis is degrading my mental capabilities, how I will be able to, for example, find a file that I created yesterday because I will have no idea what I named the file. I would, currently and in the past, know that I had put it in a specific place in my hierarchy of folders. Even my use of Scrivener employs a nested folder architecture by year, month and day. If I am not going to be ALLOWED to organise MY files how I need to on MY computer in the future, then I think the OS designers have got a little out of control. By all means make it a switchable option (or switch-off-able). The USER of the system should be allowed to use the system as they NEED to use it.

Just my 2¢. Comments re-enabled. Please do not just tell me I am wrong. Feel free to offer me hope.

ETA: I can see my file names becoming hierarchical in form, somehow, e.g. year-month-date-topic or project-subproject-topic-category-filetype or some-such. This is the only way I can think of getting around the problem.


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Aug. 1st, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I am curious where you saw this mentioned? I just did some cursory Google searches an came up with nothing, but I'm definitely curious to read more about this.
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
See [Bad username: kalorlo"]'s comment and my reply below. I did not keep a note of the links for anything else I read, I am afraid.
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Aug. 1st, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)

Aug. 1st, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Are you talking about this? http://informationarchitects.net/blog/mountain-lions-new-file-system/

It's not very well-written (see the update note at the end) but it seems like this applies to iCloud and doesn't mean that 10.8 has no normal file browser.

See also the comments here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/25/3186569/mountain-lion-file-system-oliver-reichenstein
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Thanks for the links. I may have misunderstood something that hubby said to me about Mountain Lion (I have it but have only recently upgraded to Lion and so am not upgrading as yet) and his throw away comment was that I probably should not upgrade to ML then. It panicked me (enforced change with no notice always does that to me) and then I read an article (lost the link I am afraid - ETA yes that first link was the one he sent me) that he linked me to which seems to have been where he got the info from. If it is only iCloud then I am less unhappy. I do not (yet) use iCloud. I use Dropbox.
Aug. 1st, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Aside from the gross assumptions that are made and the labels that are thrown about, the way that the author of that article talks down to and about his audience is absolutely stunning. Yeesh.

Thank you for the links, though! It was good to read a couple of different view points.
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Forming the folder names hierarchically is the way I deal with our numerous picture folders. It gets tedious to locate the right folder; I often use advance search on all .jpg files instead.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Saw this post today and thought of you.
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank Joce. I am in no hurry to use iCloud (although the idea is intriguing) but, when/if I do, I will try to remember this!
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