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what is a space?

I just updated the spaces FAQ, adding some answers that shed some light on the paradigm used by spaces to handle information. In particular, the question What is a space? is important.

The concept of a "space" is meant to be a generalization behind the idea of folders. Folders definitely have their uses, not least of which that they are predictable and stable. However, folders have no "intelligence," they don't help the user to perform tasks, they just sit there waiting for the users to organize their information. A space in spaces will be more proactive, automatically filing elements according to correlations between data. There is just too much information to "manage" otherwise. Programs should be working for their users, not the other way around. After all, what else are we going to do with all the spare cycles in those nifty gigahertz microprocessors? :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 1 2002 at 8:28 PM

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