on google+

trying google+
it is much of a copy of facebook.. with a google touch. of course it is better than facebook. but did we need another facebook?
i did like the capability of sharing stuff with selective groups or individuals. but a limitation it has is that you can’t change it later – for example if you want to share the same thing with some more people later, you can’t.
well they say it is under-development.. so hope for improvements..

Gmail HTML version

The most annoying part of the otherwise slick HTML version of gmail is that while in the spam mail view, you cannot select all the messages with a single click (as you can in the standard – javascript driven – gmail view). This is the only part for which I have to everytime switch back to the standard version, even for a while so I can clear all the spam; not for the built-in ‘chat’..

(Also the link ‘Delete all spam messages now’ is absent in the HTML version, which would have been another simple useful link.)

I’ve suggested this to google/gmail. Lets see how long it takes, or if it happens before I won’t anymore need to use the HTML version. 🙂

update (18-06-11):
Another limitation of the HTML version of gmail that I discovered today – I was trying to add a new contact while in HTML view, and couldn’t find any button/link to do that! * sigh *

Chinese influence on Japan

Reading about history of Japanese landscape architecture.

I wonder what Japan would have been like if it weren’t so influenced by China since the ancient times. Of course it wouldn’t have been so for long anyway (the influence – is inevitable). But perhaps if it had survived the ancient and medieval period without being influenced by China, Japan would have in turn influenced China.

I would have liked to see Japan retain more of their austerity and simplicity in their art-forms and traditions and lifestyle, and not being at all influenced by the visually rich and complex of the foreign land.

But this wouldn’t have remained so for long. Now we see it being influenced so much more by the USA as it didn’t by China since time immemorial.

That said, I am not disappointed. Whatever was adopted, they improvised upon it in their own way. You shall always keep fascinating and amazing me Japan.