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Jered Floyd
Works at Permabit Technology Corp.
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Following up on my previous complaint, this is a great explanation by the author of a bunch of great math videos on why she quit YouTube.

Basically, Google used to engage users by creating great products that people wanted to use.  Now, Google's focus is on tricking people into spending more time on Google sites in an attempt to find what they're looking for.
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We used Zimbra previously, which is also what I run at home, and it was a much better solution.  But then our CEO got a Samsung phablet and tablet, and...
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Dear GMail,

The fact that "backspace" both cannot be bound to Delete Message and also always does something annoying and non-obvious makes me hate you with a passion.  WTF, principle of least surprise?

No Love,
--Me
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Right - the "delete" key on Macs is actually a "backspace" key. (When I'm using Outlook on Windows on my MBP and I press that key, it switches to Calendar or something equally ridiculous.)
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So, we're getting close to when Google is going to cut off Reader, which means I should probably get on top of transitioning to something else.  What have people been happy with?  Feedly?  Fever?  Something else?
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I've transitioned to feedly, having gotten past the "but it's not exactly like Reader WAAAAAAHHHHH"  stage.
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Gmail maniacs,

How the hell do I make GMail reply act like a sane mail client?  (I use Preview Pane labs to make it basically usable to start.)

Right now, when I hit reply it drops me down to the bottom of the message where there's a much smaller reply box, with the quoted message minimized to [...].

All I want is "reply" to have as large a window as possible, with the quoted message included and the caret at the top.  You know, like Zimbra, or any other mail client ON THE PLANET.

"Use the IMAP interface" is not a good solution for me because I use the advanced search capabilities constantly and don't want to have to cache 25 GB of mail locally.

Also, why the hell are the default key bindings so nutty?  Delete is "#" instead of "delete"?  Really?
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Oh, hey, "pop out reply" has completely different behavior than the little arrow thingy that means "open in new window" (which still has the sucky interface).  I could get by with this... if only I could make it the default...
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Back over on LiveJournal, +FJ van Wingerde explains why Brendan Eich, a pernicious homophobe, being named CEO of Mozilla is a Big Fucking Deal, and why we shouldn't stand for it.  I really have nothing further to add.
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Dear Google+ (and Google in general),

Some day, I pray that you figure out how to fix your horribly broken authorization systems for multiple accounts.  There are security industry experts who know how to do this, you have lots of smart employees, and yet you consistently ignore every best practice in the book.

For example, my company has "gone Google" (and don't even get me started on the various disasters there), so I end up being logged in to both my personal and work Google accounts.  It appears that one of them is the "current account" as far as Google is concerned, although it's not clear on what basis -- it definitely isn't "last used".

When I try to go to G+, much of the time I get "Google+ is not available for your organization ([company domain]). Please contact your administrator to enable this service."  That's it.  No little selector to choose any of the other logged in accounts, just a dead end with no links at all.

When this happens I have to spend several minutes fucking with things before eventually logging out of my work account entirely to try to get to G+.  This usually works.

WTF?  Why is this so hard for you?

No love,
--Me
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+1 To +Greg S's suggestion of using separate browser profiles for this. I have separate Google work and personal accounts and I am logged into both every day at work and have no problem with it, as long as each is in a separate profile window. (I also work at Google, but in an area far removed from this account stuff.)
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Dear Google+:

If I am not allowed to comment on a post, why do you show me a comment box where I can waste my time composing a reply?  Why not just... not show it?

No love,
--Me
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google has finally become a large enough company that they can't do anything
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I don't believe that Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. are allowing unfettered access to their data centers.

I do believe the carriers are, and I also believe that the government has forged certificates for any site anyone cares about, because the trust system for SSL is fundamentally broken and stupid.
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