Not My Documents

Well, I can’t seem to find an official position on this, but there’s a very exciting new feature in Microsoft’s upcoming Longhorn OS: no more “My”. My Documents, My Music, My Pictures. Not mine anymore buddy! Apparently they’re going with slick minimalist names like Documents and Pictures.

Oh wait, here’s a semi official looking article.

So thoughts? Frankly I couldn’t give a rat’s rear what they call the folders, but semantically I find the ‘My’ kinda annoying. Of course they are MY documents and MY music. It’s on MY computer! So yeah a folder that tends to have music in it should be named Music. Innovative.

I think Microsoft should just pull out all the stops and have a big cartooney tick box at install time that says “Install happy fun gay times?!”

If you tick the box then you get the default windows XP theme, “My” everything (My Internet! My Time and Date! My SQL Server Enterprise Edition!!), and helpful little fluffy bunnies that run all over the screen saying “Hey! It looks like your mouse is moving towards this button! How ’bout I click it for you now!? Please? Can I can I can I?”

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2 Replies to “Not My Documents”

  1. The “My” isn’t too hard to deal with when you realize that if I am user “JOE” on the machine, and FRANK is currently logged in, he sees a “JOE’S Documents” directory as well as a “My Documents”

    When I (JOE) am logged in, I see “FRANK’S Documents” and – you guessed it – “My Documents”

    The software takes care of making sure the “My” works for the person logged in.

  2. The “My” isn't too hard to deal with when you realize that if I am user “JOE” on the machine, and FRANK is currently logged in, he sees a “JOE'S Documents” directory as well as a “My Documents”

    When I (JOE) am logged in, I see “FRANK'S Documents” and – you guessed it – “My Documents”

    The software takes care of making sure the “My” works for the person logged in.

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