On Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:37:21 +0200, Tim <ignored_mailbox(a)yahoo.com.au>
On Sat, 2016-04-30 at 10:11 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
> It does seem like there might be a better term than "factory
We used to call that reformatting...
If you want to avoid calling it that, I don't know what a better term
will be. Reseting? Erasing.
It's not just being pedantic, but computing requires accuracy *and* the
avoidance of inaccuracy. You can't possibly restore some of my USB
memory sticks to factory settings unless you restore the files that came
on the drive.
To nearly *everybody* restoring to factory settings means exactly a
return to how it was when you got it, and that's what they expect. When
software does not do what it says, and what people expect, that does
cause problems. It also makes the authors look a complete pratt to make
ludicrous claims about what their software does.
I chose "factory settings" because usually when you get a new flash drive,
it's FAT formatted. While this is a big simplification, I thought it would
be a good one for a user who is not very technically savvy - because
that's the person who would be using the tool.
Of course, I'm open to discussion about nearly anything regarding FMW so
if there is a general consensus we should rewrite some strings inside the
app, I'll be glad to do so.
So if you guys agree "reformatting" would be a better choice, I'll go
ahead and change the text.