I’m already gone

19 05 2014

Fuck me.

Fucking GMX has fucking changed—excuse me, fucking improved—it’s fucking interface and the one fucking thing that I really liked about it has fucking disappeared.

Oh, yeah: language NSFW. Sorry about that.

I liked the tabs, that’s what I liked about GMX. I could open multiple emails and multiple replies and go back and forth and generally keep track of what I was doing. This worked really well when students sent me papers: I could simply open every paper and a reply for each and tic-tic-tic could go each one.

Nothing life shattering, and it’s not like I couldn’t open and respond to each message one by one, but I liked the convenience, how it easy it was to keep track of my work. It was especially handy if I’d had other messages that I wanted to refer to in a response. Yeah, handy.

And now that feature is gone. Fuckers.*

Now, I know that I am incredibly negative-reactive against change, and that after I get used to changes I’m often fine with them. But this is less about an unhappy design than rendering a tool less functional—which pretty much pretty much degrades the purpose of the tool.

So, acting on one of the few maxims in which I believe wholeheartedly—brand loyalty is for suckers!—I’m on the hunt for another webmail service.**

Nothing fancy: I just want me tabs. Me fuckin’ tabs.


*Yes, I did send them a comment asking for the tabs back. I’m not optimistic—when am I ever—but I thought if there’s a chance they could bring ’em back, or if there’s a way to turn ’em on in the current version, then why not.

**Free, of course. You could make the argument that if it’s free I got nothin’ to bitch about but I would respond thusly: a) I can always bitch about anything—you know this about me, don’t you? b) Companies brag about the superiority of their free email services, so it’s even-steven to check that alleged superiority; and c) Some or most, including GMX, place ads in the mail. It’s annoying, and means that “free” is really “free*”, but it seems not unreasonable that if I don’t want to pony up real cash money, then I pay in ad space. Perhaps some day I will pony up, but for now, I’m looking for “free”, with or without asterisk.


Everybody do like a monkey

25 07 2009

Jasper is a-growin’ along, getting into the plants and such:

And, of course, he has to chew everything he can get his mouth around:

I love his little pink tongue slipping out amongst the black.

Wait. What? These photos don’t really look like Jasper?

Oh, but they do! They do look like Jasper. They’re just. . .  not, mm, him.

Yes, it occurred to me this past week how much the Vampire Kitty looks like a lemur. Especially when he’s all riled up and his eyes are wide and round:

(Sorry, it’s a lousy shot: I was futzing with the exposure. And he’s tough to shoot when he’s riled up.)

Well, take my word for it, he does look like a lemur.

It’s only fitting: I used to call Chelsea (among other things) my monkey kitty. She was agile in her leaps and incredibly dexterous with both her paws and her mouth.

Bean, well, Bean is not so dexterous. She gets called Panda Bean with some regularity, along with all the other varieties of bean: lima Bean, navy Bean, kidney Bean, garbanzo Bean. . . .

Anyway, since one of Chelsea’s other names was Sweet Pea, I had a whole legume theme going.

How will Jasper fit in all of this? Well, his paw-pads do look like black beans, but, given his temprement, I think I’ll go with a bastardized ‘Gonzo bean’.

(And yeah, that’s Gonzo from The Gone-Away World. What, you haven’t read it yet? Why not? Go, go now! Read that book! And if you can’t find it at the library and you don’t want to shell out for the hardcover, it’s coming out in paperback in August or September. You’ll have no excuses, then!)

Christ, where was I? Oh, yeah, in need of a life.

Okay, I’ll go take a bike ride now. Get out of the house, do me some good. . . .

(Top photo by Jaromir Kaderabek, found thru Bing. Here’s the post from his website; Polish, I’d guess. Wait: maybe Czech. Anyway. The second photo was also found thru Bing, and was taken from a post at k-punk.)

(By the way, I’m finding Bing a hell of a lot easier to use than Google. Yeah, I know it’s Microsoft, a big-bad-corporation, but I think Google is a big-bad-corporation, too.  Anyway, using Bing fits my motto of ‘No brand loyalty!’, i.e., always be willing to switch to something better.)

Bike. Yeah. Okay, then.