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How do we teach users about filesystem locations?

thc69 thc69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thc69 (98798) writes "The most common education problem I find in users is that they don't know where their files are. They don't understand the file system. They save a file and then wonder how to find it. If I ask them where a file is, they either say "It's in Word" or "I don't know."

"Introduction To Computers" courses apparently don't teach the concept, because users who aced such courses still have no clue. Even people who know lots of advanced stuff sometimes don't understand that their files are in a folder on their C: drive or whatever — I have a friend who knows SQL, C++, and Linux, but doesn't know the locations of her files.

Could it be a gender thing? It seems that the people who I've observed having this problem are all female. I remember reading about studies that show men and women navigate roads very differently; perhaps file system navigation is incompatible with the intuitive navigation method that women use?

It's a very important concept. Once you understand how files and folders (which I still like to call "directories", but I digress) work, everything on the computer becomes much easier. You become less dependent on your applications to keep track of everything for you. Backing up and restoring files becomes much easier.

How can I teach people this concept in a way that will stick? It's so intuitive to me that I don't know how to make it into lessons, it's just second-nature."



RIAA members hate their customers. Do you want to be hated?

thc69 thc69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "piracy" causes consumers to get excited about music and results in them buying more than they otherwise would have bought -- that's an observation I've made of the music buying habits of myself and others. I didn't notice it until I stopped buying RIAA-member products; then I realized I really wasn't interested in it anywhere near as much as I used to be.

The only language that they speak is money, so speak in their language. Too bad they don't speak it fluently, or else they would have noticed that their profits went up when piracy went up, and only after they announced that they have piracy "under control" did their profits fall.

How do you speak their language? Pay for music that doesn't benefit the RIAA. Never pay for music that does benefit the RIAA. Not only do you stop supporting them, but it's a slap in their face when you show that you are, in fact, willing to pay for music when you're not being treated like a criminal. It's a slap in their face when non-RIAA record companies make more money.

Don't support the RIAA Inquisition. Do not pay money to jerks that hate their customers.

You can still listen to the music that you already like, even though it's sold by RIAA members. Borrow the CD from the library and your friends. Buy or download non-RIAA versions, such as live recordings and covers. Listen to the radio, Pandora, last.fm, satellite radio, youtubed videos, free online versions (such as found at Rhapsody, Napster, etc)...there's a plethora of other ways to hear what you like without paying extortionary rates for DRM-encrusted CDs. At most, you'd be contributing minimally (ads on Pandora, last.fm, Rhapsody, and Napster probably benefit the RIAA a little bit; small portions of money from satellite radio go to record companies on both sides of the RIAA divide; and libraries do pay for CDs).

You can also buy used CDs, and sell CDs that you're done with. Think supply and demand...and think of how little money you're putting into the system at all, that way.

Music is kind of like food, though: Once you get used to organic vegan health food (ick!), you can't stomach greasy mass-produced stuff anymore. Well, I still like greasy mass-produced food, but I can't tolerate Metallica or Faith Hill. Now while I eat a cheeseburger, I listen to State Of Corruption or John Prine.

http://www.riaaradar.com -- Look up a CD you want to buy and see if it's RIAA-affiliated
http://www.emusic.com -- Commercial music from non-RIAA labels, cheap, in DRM-free MP3s
http://garageband.com -- Non-RIAA music, with some free downloads
http://www.stage.fm -- Non-RIAA music, with some free downloads
http://cdbaby.com -- Non-RIAA music for sale
http://payplay.fm -- Non-RIAA music for sale as DRM-free MP3s

I wish I could find the press releases that show the correlation that I've observed where piracy results in profit for the supposed victims. I once posted a comment about it but I can't find it now.


Domain squatting. I'll give you something to squat about!

thc69 thc69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just realized my slashdot profile pointed to a domain that I allowed to expire. That wouldn't be so bad if a squatter hadn't taken control of it. I feel so dirty, fearing that somebody might have clicked on it and made the squatter think the domain is valuable...

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