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Google’s New Gmail Look

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m certainly in disgust at Google’s failing attempt to bring Gmail to Google+ style. It looks horrible and it makes me really sick (Kind of like some motion sickness I think, never had it until now). If anything, I think there’s a good reason to just bring Google+ closer to Gmail style. Gmail is usable, friendly and not cumbersome. Google+ is what it is, a second-rate attempt to take over the world which made no strides towards my removing links to both Twitter and Facebook, though it would have been nice.

Here’s an image of the Google+ Mail interface, as ugly as it is.


Here is a list of features that I didn’t like:

  1. The spacing is attrocious
  2. The themes aren’t working very well yet, I couldn’t get a decent theme to contrast well for the “complete” experience
  3. The ad at the top of the page is about the only thing that sticks out
  4. There is something about it that makes me sick to my stomach, I think similar to sea-sickness

Oh well, once again, there is no more decent email web interface providers; luckily for now, I can still go to settings -> old style link to get back to my favorite Gmail, Gmail styled interwebs email interface. Maybe someone could recreate Gmail and we can move our lives over to that email address once more. How nice would that be, for reals.

Checking out, saying goodbye to a decent era… My first Gmail email by the way, I received 12/13/2004. I wasn’t the first, but was well before the last. Enjoyed the last 7 years playing with an interface that is still well beyond it’s time.

Using CakePHP with Godaddy

I was able to setup CakePHP on godaddy, the most frustrating part I dealt with was the wild goose chase I was sent on by Google trying to figure it out.

  1. Add Options +FollowSymlinks to three .htaccess files
  2. Add RewriteBase /path/to/app to the /.htaccess file

I first set my site up to work on a sub-directory for practice as the site was already live. When I did this, I set RewriteBase /test (where my directory was test).

Here are the three .htaccess files:

  • base_directory/.htaccess (this was /test while I was setting it up, and / after I moved it later)
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    	 Options +FollowSymlinks
       RewriteEngine on
    	 RewriteBase /
       RewriteRule    ^$ app/webroot/    [L]
       RewriteRule    (.*) app/webroot/$1 [L]
  • webapp/.htaccess
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        Options +FollowSymLinks
        RewriteEngine on
        RewriteRule    ^$    webroot/    [L]
        RewriteRule    (.*) webroot/$1/    [L]
  • /app/webroot/.htaccess
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        Options +FollowSymLinks
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
        RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?url=$1 [QSA,L]
  • For what it’s worth, I would just complete the first step and see if this suffices (the .htaccess in the application root). I had already changed the latter two files, and didn’t feel like going back and editing them, just in case it might have caused a new headache

After these few changes, it was a breeze really. I just wish I hadn’t been sent on the proverbial wild goose chase for this 2 lines of code that got this app working.

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