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The State of Computing

17 Apr 2009

A long but good post on why we are still stuck with the desktop metaphor for most user interfaces. The very problem I’ve addressed when talking about the problem with online data and views to your media files:

Every geek I know shares, to some degree, the notion that the “desktop” metaphor for computers is outdated. What nobody seems to have a solid opinion on is what would take its place.

Brent Simmons sums it up brilliantly:

I don’t know about you, but I know this issue is always in the back of my head. There’s a nagging feeling that we’re doing it wrong, that there are some leaps forward we’re missing, that we’re still stuck in 1984.