Since I'm the second to vote, I suppose I'll write some comentary...
I hate clutter, especially in home directories. I've seen too many home directories with 100 random files in them... eww.
Not to mention the fact that Perl itself has wonderful directory organizatoin. It could be better, perhaps, but it's pretty dang good none the less.
Windows, in many cases, attempts to hide directory (oops, 'folder') hierarchy from it's users. This way, you never have to know that you've saved hundreds of Word documents related to everything from your thesis to your MP3 collection in the same place ( with a name called ``My collection of MP3's is very large.doc'' ).
At least all your programs ( and their configuration files and dll's, yuck ) are all expected to live under ``Program Files''.
What directory structure? ;-)
You can put anything anywhere without reservation. Put it on your Hard Drive, or heck, put it on your Desktop ( isn't that on your Hard Drive too? oh well.... ). With the exception of a few things ( extensions and, where are those configuration programs anyhow? ) have to be someplace.
On this OS, it's the hardest to enforce heirarchy since you don't 'really' have to have any at all.
As to VMS: VMS is just like Unix, except that there
is some odd limit on the directory depth and a . is used
inplace of a / to seperate directories... which gives
very fun results if you unzip archives taken from another
"At least all your programs ( and their configuration files and dll's, yuck ) are all expected to live under `Program Files.'"
Actually, Windows stores them in two places:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM for shared DLLs and C:\PROGRA~1\application (where `application' is the name of an application directory) for DLLs specific to that application. OR.. at least developers are *supposed* to do it that way (Ie. This Program Has Performed An Illegal Operation *boink* *boink*).
But, Windows sucks raw, red donkey balls, IMO, anyway.
And please don't get me wrong. Its a darn cute OS! But it has a VERY consfusing directory structure IMHO. Very MacOSish mixed up with Win mixed up with *nix. Maybe its just a matter of getting used to it, but navigating with the tracker and shell open definitly got me a fuzzy feeling.
As a consultant I can't always depend on having the same computer all the time. One month here, one year there, a few weekends at another place. I try to setup a dir off the drive root (in NT) and store everything there. Everything I install, save, or download all goes in to that dir. Not only does it keep me from saving somewhere that I can't find, but it also lets me wipe all traces of myself quickly. Except for perl, I figure every machine is better off with it installed.
@rmdir /s /q c:\consult
@deltree /y c:\consult
I am not sure wether I am odd, or have a resally odd sense
of what is important...
I have very well structutres on my computer. Everything in
a logic place (and naturally logical tar.gz backups on another
For some reason this has not had any affect on my real life
at all. My room is aproximately 4x4 meters. It takes about
45 seconds to move from one end to the other, if one values
And then there are parents (Yes... you have them too.) They
do like to keep it clean, but for some reason the structure
in their computers is a catastrophic blend of chaos, mayhem
and generally rising entrophy.
What happens in ten years? Will I say to my children: Didn't I tell you to clear out the tmp-library?! And
your home is a mess! And do something about that homepage!
You will never get a job with a page like that!
Well... It's just speculations, but I fear the computer
nerds will torture their children as bad as our parents
did. Just in a slightly different way. Oh well...