From 1989, a stab at the future of file management:
I want to look at hundreds or thousands of files at once, in such a way that—important properties, whatever they are, spring out at me. Maybe show each file as a small blot, and let the color and shape of the blot reflect whatever properties I’m interested in at the moment: files created more recently than 24 hours ago, files containing calls to “system,” or even object files that are out of date with respect to the source files needed to recreate them. These are all selections I’ve made (or wanted to make) as I went browsing. In a 3D world, I could imagine having the “interesting” files literally stick out of the mass.
Files as a organically shaped, sized, and colored blots is very interesting, and—I think—something yet unseen.
(photo ↬ Michael Scroggins)