Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 11, 2005 11:13 PM
Nice piece. It puts me in mind of other long standing numbering and naming frustrations end users must contend with generally. Numbers: Why aren't the number of digits within an unbroken string of numbers considered when files are ordered in a file browser? Example: Now: 1 10 100 1000 2 3 4
Should Be: 1 2 3 4 10 100 1000
In order for a user to be able to maintain an ordered list of numbered files they must pre guess the future maximum they will have. If they are reasonably sure the number will not exceed 99, they must start the first at 01. If they guess wrong and reach 100, then all the other 99 must be re-named starting with 001 and so on. This is a fundamental problem which compounds the issues you relate to in this article. Why not fix these obvious problems that affect each and every computer "end user" too.
Dates: Often times, because dated materials such as files of audio programs are not named using the year-month-day format, these files also get out of order. And because of the numbering problem mentioned above, the months and days must use the 01,02, format.
Bookmarks: How many bookmarks do you have that would be named "Welcome" if you didn't change it. The Linux Show was a perfect example of this stupidity on the part of webmasters. Their bookmark defaulted to The Original Weekly Open Source/GNU/Linux/News Show. Or some such nonsense that makes their website bookmark hard to find. Because people instinctively look for "The Linux Show".
When I came over to Linux,I was quite surprised these kind of things were not addressed.