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Subject: Re: ignoring paths when playingg from playlists
From: for_spam_at_gmx.de
Date: 2003-01-09


Joaquim,

>"polluting good software with features which correct user's bad practice",
this sentence was from me.
I read all the postings regarding this and would like to revise what i said
before.
Sorry - I`ve had a too much "technical oriented" point of view. (y`know -
it`s the
geek-factor in all of us :)
There is one point, which will add some more success to rockbox (we like
success - do we?) :
Eease of use and "forgiving users making errors" !
So, IMHO this feature should be: INCLUDED!

regards
Roland

> What I'm saying next is just my humble opinion, I'll shut up if
> you tell me to.
>
> Ease of use should be a concern. Rockbox should please the users
> and not antagonize them or force them to be technical if they do
> not want to.
>
> One can say that a playlist with songs like
> c:\windows\users\lammer\desktop\my music\somealbum\song1.mp3
> is "wrong" and from a strict point of view it is, but many users
> are not technically oriented and do not want to be. Some piece of
> software wrote those playlists, not them!
>
> Rockbox already strips c: because it knows of no c:
> then it should strip \windows if there's no \windows directory on
> the archos disk and so on until it finds an existing directory.
>
> I would not call it "polluting good software with features which
> correct user's bad practice", it's not the user's fault that some
> crappy piece of software wrote "bad" playlists, most non technical
> users just want to listen to the damn songs, they don't care about
> paths and hard disks.
>
> How will you feel if you go to the doctor in need of open heart
> surgery to survive and he tells you you've done the wrong thing
> smoking and eating greasy stuff all your life so he will not
> operate on you and use a perfectly good valve replacement to
> correct the problems caused by your bad behaviour?
>
> I'm afraid a new digital dark age may be coming and the technical
> guys should fight as hell to close the gap, enlighten people and
> bring them to the right side. Pleasing people is a good start,
> telling them they're lamers is not.
>
> Joaquim
>

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