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The Nightmare of Files and Directories

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Sebastian sent me the link to the video "Computers for Cynics 1 - The Nightmare of Files and Directories" by Ted Nelson, which is a very important person in the history of computing.

Just like me, he is criticizing hierarchical file systems as the dominant way of organizing user data (in contrast to operating system and program files). I do think that my arguments against strict hierarchies do have a broader basis. However, his arguments derived from the history of file systems are absolutely valid and worth the 15 minutes of the video.

Here are my personal notes with a few annotations on that video.

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