Originally Posted by jragosta
That may be true for lots of people but I'm not sure it's the majority. I have many thousands of files in my iDisk folder. Finding the file I want out of thousands of files would be a nightmare - plus naming could get to be a problem. For someone with limited needs, iCloud's approach is probably fine. It's probably OK for what is largely a media centric device like an iPad (although even there, I prefer using something like LogMeIn which gives me access to my hierarchical files. But as a Finder replacement? I just don't see it....
You don't see it because you aren't "most people."
This is the big problem with tech websites when a bunch of people get together to talk about this stuff. Even if everyone here agreed that iCloud was crap ... "everyone here" is still a tiny minority of "most people."
It's a tired analogy, but it's like when cars came out for the first time and everyone who was into them was some kind of car geek with a spanner in his/her back pocket. Nowadays no one knows how to fix a car, and the average person doesn't need to know either. It has nothing to do with IQ or capabilities, you can be a Nobel laureate or a high flying lawyer/businessperson and still have no idea about how computers and filesystems work. Where I work, it's all PhD's and super geniuses, but the staff I direct still spends all day fixing dumb-ass printer problems for them and explaining what an IP is.
"Most people" are not anywhere near even that smart or knowledgeable and don't care, or want to know what a "file system" even is. The fact that they had to learn it was exactly what was holding a lot of them back from really using software and computers. It doesn't mean they are dumb, it just means they don't want to spend time learning something that they shouldn't have to learn just to get the job done.
It's not even anything to do with creation vs. consumption. That's a current meme, but it's completely faulty if you think about it.
Say I'm an artist or a writer and I use old-fashioned methods. If I then want to switch to doing those things on a computer for the obvious time saving, security, and general ease of use and compatibility with the world I live in ... why should I have to learn computer technology to do it? I should be able to create digital document or a digital picture without knowing *anything* about how it all works. Why not?
If I want to drive to the beach I don't have to learn about internal combustion motors, I just have to learn a few quick rules of driving. The task of driving the car is now so easy that most people can just fake it and never really need to learn even those minimal rules. Most of them merely become apparent to the user in the act of driving itself.
The same is true for using computers. There should be some obvious things and a few rules that if learned keep you on track, but the underlying file system, what types of digital files you are dealing with, where they are ultimately stored and the technology used to do it *should* be completely invisible. People have better things to do with their time than managing their file systems.
No doubt this is why iOS devices are taking off like the proverbial rocket.