My love-hate relationship with Google

Like many people I used Google’s search engine and a few other services. Some of the services are wonderful (GMail), some are pretty sad (Froogle). Some are just downright terrible.I’ve decided to keep track of these moments. Full disclosure that I once interviewed for a job with Google. For reasons I am still trying to digest they decided to pass. I won’t get into any of the details of that process as a)I’m a good guy and who really wants to sling arrows, cast stones, etc. and b)I signed an NDA.This morning then let’s tackle Google’s Java based GMail application for phones. If you navigate to GMail on your mobile device Google will kindly suggest “faster GMail on your phone”. That link takes you to a Java applet. And indeed the Java applet downloaded to my Windows Smartphone quite nicely. Of course it wasn’t obvious at all how to run the thing. You need to understand that this download was a MIDlet and run the MIDlet manager and select GMail from there. Not easy.You cannot completely blame Google for a bad Java experience; at least on the Windows device it’s something of a given. However you can blame them for some of the following glitches:1. There is no offline storage. Each time you log on you get to essentially download the messages all over again.2. The default setting for the body of the email is the numeric keypad. In other words to type “hello” you get to enter 4433555[pause]555666. leaving out for a moment that this ends up with the number of the beast, why not make the default setting for the body by T9?3. They use small fonts. I am not that old yet, but those tiny fonts are unreadable. Sure, I can hear you say, just change the preference from “young hip cool person with good eyesight” to “old person who will soon need a walker and a guide dog” setting. This brings us to:3a. Where are the Preferences? I am a long-time Windows user (full disclosure: I have recently started using Ubuntu and it is just wonderful how nice an OS this is. Someday soon I will write something about this transition to Ubuntu, but I digress in a parenthetical remark no less) so I expect Tools::Options. Nope. Okay, maybe sort of like the Mac it’s under… um… Apple::Preferences? Nope. It must be somewhere though right? In fact it is. Select the Menu key (obvious) and then select Go to (really, Go to? Won’t that take me somewhere?) and Settings! Ah ha! I am so stupid, of course it would be under Go to::Settings.On balance I use this application from my phone because GMail’s POP support is broken in multi-device usage (something I mentioned during the interviews, oops, there goes that disclosure but since I disclosed this in a GMail forum months ago I guess that isn’t a big deal, right?) and it is, on balance, better than using the micro-browser. Although to be fair they did a really nice job with the micro-browser version; clean, bright, relatively quick. Even works in the Java Opera browser midlet.—Side note: I applied for another AdSense account for this site and was turned down again. As the other post noted my site does in fact meet all the criteria, so why do they keep saying it doesn’t? I think it’s because they are scared. Yes, scared that I will attempt to write slightly humorous posts about them and they will…. well… continue to rule the Internet and reap huge financial profits. But I will show them, I will continue wrote posts with attempts at humor and they will continue to rule the Internet and make a ton of cash.—I fiori sono quasi in fiorituraThe flowers are almost in bloom. Which isn’t true. The flowers and trees bloomed two weeks ago when the weather turned sunny and warm. Since then we’ve had torrential rain. Stupid flowers.

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