folderview: what am I missing?
June 27, 2008
Here’s a dirty secret of mine: I use Windows XP every day at work. Can you believe it? Even worse: many people reading this syndicated blog probably do as well. And a fair share of the marble; what’s the latest percentage of global users on XP? But what’s worse? I don’t necessarily don’t fit the “use cases” and “best practices” discussed by Plasma members and others regarding desktop usability. Why? Because I still use the desktop as a dumping ground and easy file accessibility perspective.
So, I’m pretty much a nightmare user for the current Plasma set-up, and for future Plasma direction? Right? Wrong. Without some kung-fu or effort, here’s what a majority of the computers users on the planet have: a singular unsizable full screen view via a singular protocol at a singular unchangeable local directory. Really rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? That’s what the precious desktop dumping ground is for the tech-unsavvy majority that use computers.
And after just a couple of months (or weeks if you just count the true development time), what has Plasma given you: multiple resizeable views via multiple protocols at local or remote directories with semantic search and filtering capabilities.
Really, am I not getting something? For people with bad habits at work like myself, you don’t think I and others like me wouldn’t kill to have those options out of the box on XP? How long before Strigi and Akonadi start flexing their muscles with this approach? How long before people start using regular expressions in unexpected ways? Imagine: every time a file gets opened or touched in a folderview by someone else, the file gets highlighted or blinks? Or opens collaboration software or an IM window with the user that modded the file? Or, or, or…
If I had this ease of use when I was an independent consultant and had multiple clients, I’d be doing backflips. Or with multiple development environments on multiple servers in multiple data centers (like most programmers do). If someone from the graphics team updates some .pngs or .css files and isn’t big into scripting or ftp’ing? You’re just a drag-and-drop-and-drop-and-drop or CTL+V+V+V to have all environments updated.
I’m a worst case scenario. And I’m thinking holy fscking sh!t. Why do I still see complaining on forums and mailing lists today? Because you love setting up ftp destination folders and symbolic links manually to try to get the same thing? Because you love complaining? Because you love to do searches manually on windows all due to that adorable puppy? Because Kde promo sucks and you just don’t know any better?