GMail IMAP still MIA

Google announced GMail IMAP support on 10/24 at 6am. That was a little over 5.5 days ago.

Not to sound ungrateful, but you can’t announce a huge feature like that and then, you know, not deliver it. The announcing blog post even uses the beautifully indeterminate “couple of days” timeframe which, depending on your regional predications, could mean anywhere from 2 to however-many-we-feel-like days.

Ah well, when (or, if) it shows up I’ll be fine. The things you can get away with when you’re a monolithic corporation.

UPDATE (10/31): It showed up tonight; IMAP kicks ass.

Worst User Experience Ever – Vista

My next computer is very likely to be a Mac at this rate. For every feature of Vista that I like (native search), some idiotic thing just pisses me right off.

Tonight, it’s iTunes on Vista. Now, before you get all bent out of shape that it’s the fault of the app developer, I gotta go with this being Vista’s fault.

First, I’ve lost my iTunes library no fewer than 3 times since moving to Vista 4 months ago. It’s a pain in the ass to recovery from that because something on Vista makes iTunes take forever to write library changes (no idea what). I could easily chalk that up to an iTunes fault (and, actually lean that way), but iTunes works on my XP boxen just fine at the same version; what’s so frackin’ hard about Vista?

But tonight, tonight it’s Vista’s fault. As I continue to reload my entire library of videos into iTunes–again–I noticed that some videos I newly converted won’t play on my Vista box. They played fine on the Mac that made them, on the XP box I use at work, and on another XP box of a colleague.

After getting a Quicktime error on a file I know worked on this Vista box as recently as Monday, I hit Google. And, lo and behold, I found this:

As soon as I “Safely Removed” the USB FlashDrive, thereby turning off “ReadyBoost”, al 14 files loaded properly into iTunes, and played properly in Quicktime. [source]

Wouldn’t yah know it, I had plugged in a USB drive for the ReadyBoost benefits just this week. I unload the USB drive, double-click a file that had just failed on me and BAM it works.

That is, frankly, absolutely fucking stupid. What does or could ReadyBoost have to do with playing video files on Quicktime? Anyone?

So, now ReadyBoost is worthless to me, I still have to reload my entire library in iTunes, and I’m pissed. Working the checklist of new features in Vista, they’re not really helping me out much. ReadyBoost? Unusable. UAC? Please; disabled. Sidebar? Aside from a clock and the weather, the gadgets are worthless (and development is anemic).

Congratulations Microsoft; when I have the money, you’ve likely lost another long-time customer.

Kotaku – Unsubscribed

I un-sub’d from Kotaku today. Sometime (I don’t know exactly when), someone posted Tubgirl to the front page of Kotaku, which dutifully delivered it to Google Reader via my RSS subscription. (Note, if you don’t know what Tubgirl is, do not, I repeat, do NOT Google it. It is ridiculously Not Safe For Work and is likely one of the more disgusting things you could ever wish to see. I’m not kidding, you don’t want to know. There are things you can’t un-see.)

Despite the apology, Kotaku is off my subscription list. That leaves Lifehacker as the only Gawker property left in my RSS feeds. A quick note to any Gawker people trolling for posts about this; that was total and complete bullshit. When I think about how close I was to opening that folder (gaming) while bored in a meeting today, I can’t even begin to imagine the fallout if it had been seen.

I’m not trying to be a prude, but if I can’t be confident that reader a fucking website for games won’t land me in a world of hurt at work, using the Unsubscribe button is a fairly easy, preventative step.

Minor Facebook annoyance

Facebook has proven to be an interesting toy. I don’t buy all the hype, but it is certainly an interesting idea. As such, I’ve tried to use it in a spartan manner, putting in basic and mostly public information, seeing what happens. One thing that annoys me already is sort of a bitchy complaint, but..

I graduated from college long before Facebook crept into whoever created it’s mind (yes, those people are likely much, much younger than I want to believe). But, as such, my university email address, which, I might add, was on a VAX system, is no longer available to me. Which means I can’t join the networks for the colleges I attended since joining requires a valid .edu address at those institutions.

I don’t have a solution beyond allowing people to join a school network without a .edu address at that school if they indicate their graduation date pre-dates the existance of Facebook. And, yes, that’s a piss-poor solution because it basically throws open the door to spammers. But, there has to be a way around this. Anyone?