GMail new compose – simply terrible!

I have no words! It is so wrong on so many levels:

The size

Too small.

The placement

Lower right corner? Seriously? So you feel compelled to bend down to peek at it. My first intuitive motion was to try and grab the window bar an drag that pop-up to the upper portion of the screen, to my eye-level. But no, it would not budge!


Lacking! If I wanted a chat program (which I don’t), I’d use one. E-mails are for serious communications.


One more click is required to pop this tiny compose out into a…. new browser window?! I don’t want a new browser window! I use tabs!

In stead of conclusion

In a comment by user Chalchihuite here I read a brilliant would-be dialogue between a Google developer an interior decorator, which would demonstrate the thought process (or lack thereof) behind the new Compose mis-feature:

Decorator: …And then we’ll put the couch over here.

Gmail programmer:
Oh, our data show that people only sit on living room couches 20% of the time. So it makes more sense to keep the couch in the garage, and tell people to carry it in whenever they feel like watching TV. By the way, we put the TV down in the basement. Look for the box labelled with a mysterious icon.

Decorator: Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just keep the couch and TV here, so they’re available whenever people feel like using them?

Gmail programmer: Nah, people just have to get used to the new system. (Chuckles) Besides, what are they going to do, move?

Decorator: Well…okay. Was there anything that you wanted to put in place of the items you took out?

Gmail programmer: Ick, no. I want to shrink the room down to a 6′-by-2′-by-1′ box. Rigorous analysis shows that a majority of room users are under 6 feet in height, and less than 2 feet in width. And basic logic indicates that no one requires more space than the volume of one’s own body. It’s just good, efficient design.

Decorator: You realize you’re describing a coffin, right? Besides, what about people who want to sit down and watch TV? Or who are more than 6 feet tall?

Gmail programmer: Geez, what a whiner. Those weirdos can open the trapdoor marked with a mysterious icon and ride the chute down to a convenient subterranean grotto, where they’re free to indulge in perversions like “sitting.” It’ll be easy for them as long as they’re careful not to open the other trapdoor, marked with the other mysterious icon. That leads to a cobra pit.

Decorator: I know you believe that a tiny, bare box will be simpler and cleaner than a large, well-furnished room, but I think you’re actually creating a lot of needless complexity. You’re making it difficult and frustrating for people to do basic things, which they’re already used to doing without any problem at all.


Bitcoin Fundraising for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

I have been a long-standing donor and adopter at Durrell Wildlife conservation Trust. I have newly updated my membership to lifetime and increased my adoption level to Silver (Mr S Sokolov – Norway). Still, there is much more that can and should be done for the conservation of wildlife on our fragile planet.

The famous naturalist and the founder of the first zoo (on Jersey), aimed at study and conservation of endangered species, Gerald Durrell once wrote: “Animals and plants have nobody to speak for them except us, the human beings who share the world with them but do not own it.

When I was first introduced to Bitcoins, I thought that they would be an ideal medium for micro-donations, especially with the growing user- and miner base of the new global currency.

This is a fund-raising campaign that I would like to start, using Bitcoins as the base currency. Please make your micro-donations to the address below or scan the address QR code in the upper right corner of the post


If you don’t have Bitcoins, please donate or otherwise help Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in any way you can, by proceeding to their site.

At the end of each month, if at least 1 Bitcoin is raised, I will convert BTC to GBP and transfer them to the Trust as a Donation from my account there. I will then update this post stating how much was transferred to the Trust in terms of GBP.

For the hall of fame, you are welcome to leave comments, stating how much you donated, or embed messages in the blockchain.

Disclaimer: This fund-raising drive is my personal initiative and is not endorsed by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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