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Google, you dun goofed. Somebody has decided that it's now time to foist the new GMail compose UI upon us all, even though it's clearly inferior for a number of use cases.

(Yes, I know it's prettier. I don't care.)

Reasons I can't use it day to day (here begins the rant):

1. The default reply pane is amazingly small. On my 1920x1080 browser window (which doesn't strike me as being on the small side), I can see a grand total of 7 lines of content. Believe it or not, some of my replies are longer than that. Sure, I can pop it out, and then full screen it, but there's no way to make that the default.

2. It seems to default to rich text e-mail. I don't want rich text e-mail.

3. Even if you've configured your account to have multiple sender addresses, you have to click into the "to" field to actually get a "from" box. This is important to me — I have multiple e-mail addresses that feed into the same account and need to make sure I'm sending e-mails from the right one.

4. It's very clunky to avoid top quoting in a reply. The old interface made it pretty easy to inline or bottom quote; the new one doesn't even show the e-mail you're quoting in the compose pane unless you click on the ellipse. Sure, the average user probably doesn't care much, but there are plenty of technical mailing lists where top quoting is still a faux pas, and making it harder to inline quote leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the technical user, who's the sort of person who gets his (for example) parents, and maybe girlfriend to sign up.

Of course, Google may just assume that they now have sufficient market penetration to not care about "influential" users. Depressingly, they're probably right.

When the new compose UI was first deployed last year, I submitted a bunch of feedback, as I'm sure a lot of people did. With the exception of the marginally useful full screen option that was added this week, as far as I can tell none of it was taken into account.

(Here ends the rant.)

So, I guess the upshot is that I now have to go looking for a desktop client again, which depresses me because every time I look they all suck for various reasons. Evolution is a bloated, crashy piece of crap. Thunderbird is slow, clunky, and has UX straight out of 1997. KMail is the only desktop client in recent years I've been even slightly happy with, but doesn't integrate well with the rest of my desktop.

So… suggestions? Back to alpine? Do everything from the superior, if not perfect, Android client? Bonus points if it will allow me to finally integrate GPG into my day to day e-mail.

Bah, progress.
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+Jasen Motha Also a good point. Nothing like having a window manager inside a tab inside a managed window.
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A salutary lesson in poor e-mail marketing. Maybe it's just spam and I've been slightly suckered.

1. |NAME| — smooth. Doesn't feel like spam at all.
2. I hope Andy Grignon and Blaine are getting paid, because that sounds suspiciously like "join up and fanboy at them".
3. Random question: are Hacker News and Reddit that hard to keep up with?
4. Again, most popular users. Why do I care? Coding isn't a popularity contest. (Thank $DEITY, says the PHP developer.)
5. OK, here's the bit that actually annoys me: "Your friend on Geeklist invited you to join". If you're going to use that line (presumably in an attempt to avoid accusations of spamming), you have to tell me who it was. Maybe let them put a message on.

In summary, this is about as annoying as the LinkedIn e-mails you can't opt out of that get sent over and over. Plus, the entire service just sounds like Google+.

Thanks, +Geeklist!
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Heh, I hadn't even spotted the |NAME| part, that's always good. In particular because it reveals they are likely using a generic newsletter system and not a one-off transaction mail triggered by "a friend".

Seeing how busy they are saying "not spam" without explaining how it isn't spam over at https://twitter.com/gklst is curious as well.
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Do you know Linux & Ruby/PHP? Love problem solving & have great communications skills? Want to work (remotely) with me?

Engine Yard is looking for a support engineer on the APAC team. The job description says "Tokyo", but the reality is that this is a remote position and you can do it from anywhere in the world as long as you're willing to work the APAC shift.

The support side of the organisation is 100% remote (including the Director of Support). The people are all extremely smart and talented, and the customers are usually very technical - this is not a "have you tried turning it off and on again?" support role. There's a list of stuff we use in our stack on the link, but I guarantee you'll encounter stuff you've never touched before - being able to pick up new technologies on the run and resolve issues under pressure are required skills!

Let me know if you have any questions about this, and definitely talk to me if you're planning to apply!
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The orange and all the zeroes means "good", right?
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That's what syntax highlighting can do for you.
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Sadly, I can't make it to PyCon AU this time around, but it's a great conference, and +Christopher Neugebauer has worked really hard to make it super-awesome this year. Australian Pythonistas, I implore you to go!
 
(Any and all reshares of this would be much appreciated)

We're less than three weeks until #pyconau  2012 now, here in Hobart, and we'd really like to make sure that you get your choice of our amazingly cool conference t-shirt.  I've just seen the final design, and I think you all are going to love it!

So, if you want a shirt along with your registration, please make sure you register and pay by midnight tonight! Details and prices at http://2012.pycon-au.org/register/prices
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There isn't an announcement post for this at the moment on the php.net frontpage, but PHP 5.5.0 alpha 2 is also out today, along with the previously linked 5.3.20 and 5.4.10 releases.

Most of the changes from alpha 1 were bug fixes, along with some engine-level improvements to how generators were implemented, plus you can now use dtrace on Linux. This is also the release where ext/mysql has started generating deprecation warnings.

If you have a chance to do some testing and open bugs for anything you find, that would be awesome.
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I'm not sure if there will be an announcement at present, and the changelog at present is just the git log from alpha 1 to 2, which obviously isn't ideal (and why I tried to summarise it in my post).
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Linux Australia have announced their Regional Delegates' Programme for #lca2013 bit.ly/XC5tZR
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There is a slight danger here that I'm going to find Sir Timothy at some point and hug him while thanking him tearfully for my entire career.
 
Final keynote announced! Inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee bit.ly/XZLyJk #lca2013
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ext/mysql is now officially deprecated in PHP 5.5. Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife, but especially hide yo' mysql_connect() calls behind PDO.
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We deprecating ev'r thing out there!
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LCA is awesome, and OPM is just as awesome.
 
TL;DR — submit a proposal at http://tinyurl.com/opm2013-cfp before the first round closes on Monday 29 October 2012. *** I’m pleased to announce that The Open Programming Miniconf — a fixture for application developers attending Linux.conf.au since 2010 — is returning as part of Linux.conf.au 2013, to be held in January at the Australian National University in Canberra. The Miniconf is an opportunity for presenters of all experience levels to sha...
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My favourite moment of the day so far: discovering that blank user names work (mostly) in Linux.
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It's dangerous to go alone...Star Trek edition!
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