Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon May 3 11:16:41 2004
Rusted Apple

Whenever the microwave in my apartment is on, Debb's laptop loses its wireless connection. My laptop is ok, because its antenna is built into the monitor, and so it's harder for it to be interfered with. Weird.

Isa's BLOG begins. Unfortunately, Livejournal's themes leave a lot to be desired -- the one I chose, at least for me, renders as a thin strip of journal, with another thin strip of other stuff on the left, and a LOT of wasted space on each side. I could go with another style, but the others don't show a per-entry icon, which I need to distinguish between posts as me and posts as her. Oh well. I just hope her written language form isn't too irritating to read -- I've decided that English has largely dropped plurals, has picked up several words from European languages, has picked up the german custom of capitalising nouns, and has dropped 'the'. In 600 years, English will probably evolve a heck of a lot more, ... eh.

I now have an account on GMail, Google's email service. I wonder how well their anti-spam stuff works.. having posted the email address, pgunn01@gmail.com, onto here, I suppose I'll find out soon. Note, however, that THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE PERMISSION TO SPAM ME ON ANY OF MY ACCOUNTS. NO NO NO! I DO NOT, WILL NOT, AND HAVE NOT OPTED-IN TO ANY OF YOUR LISTS. My first impressions of GMail are that it's going to be a bit confusing for people because it's based around a somewhat different mail model than any other client I've used, and that model is at least a bit more sophisticated than what most people are going to want. In sum, they only have a few actual folders, which are all predefined, and you establish labels for messages, which are like a second-level organization over the folders, with automagic classification. This is a distinguishing factor among users -- some users will use exactly what you give them, some will tweak a list of preferences you give them, and some will use the tools you give them to construct their own order to things. If you visit someone's email client, you can quickly distinguish the three -- the first kind will have everything looking exactly as in a first installation, but with data. Their INBOX is generally huge. The second kind may have disabled some toolbars/menus, and might have a few custom folders and a signature. The third kind will probably have a hierarchy of custom folders, filters they've written to sort mailing lists automatically into certain folders, and their client will quite possibly be unusable by people accustomed to the default configuration, with keybindings and the like.