Around the time that file storage moved from floppy disks to hard drives, people have had to struggle to find specific files, and as hard drives get even larger, the problem only grows. Search tools have kept up reasonably well, allowing users to search on some metadata, like creation or modification date, and sometimes even file contents (in the case of text, of course.) But you probably know from personal experience that that’s kind of limited.
The logical solution is to wrap the filesystem in a database that can support more useful metadata about the files. As it turns out, this is one of the more hyped features in Longhorn, the next major revision of Microsoft Windows.
Here’s an interesting article which lines up a Linux solution to the same problem against Microsoft’s WinFS.
Of course, my question is “What is Apple doing?”