Since the first release of Google Chrome hit the web I decided to make an concentrated effort to use more and more of the Google apps like Gmail, Gtalk, Chrome, GReader and Docs along with a smattering use of some Google Groups. I meant this to be a serious full on effort and totally stopped using my normal suite of applications. Everything ran out of Chrome with separate pages setup to run as a Chrome application. On the whole it hasn’t been that bad of an experience – well for the most part anyway.
At some point there was one thing that really started to get on my nerves. Google stuff began to remind me of the pablum I feed my two girls when they were babies. It does the job but damn its boring shit. Really .. just how much of that pale pastel blue crap can one person stomach in a day. Jeez give me break already.
Here we have machine that literally dwarf the mega machines that powered the Apollo Moon program and the best we can come up with for style is some utilitarian blandness to wrap our applications or web apps in – come on already. I’ve seen mortuaries with more friggin life in them than these Google offering and why should we be settling for this utilitarian sameness? Have we lost that interest in having the things we use on a daily basis that we don’t care if they look boring as hell?
Personally I am so sick and tired of that color blue that it wants to make me puke every time I see it. I told my wife when she gets around to redecorating that picking that colour would be grounds for divorce. So without the slightest bit of reluctance I have returned to my previous selection of programs I used even thought they might be a little heavier on resources it’s worth it to have some life back in my desktop.
The other thing that really makes me laugh is that Google apps are so popular among the Mac crowd. This is the bunch with deep roots in the artistic and style community and yet this idea of blandness is so acceptable to them. Talk about a total dichotomy.
Oh and by the way labels in Gmail isn’t all the snitz that the Gmail fanbois make them out to be.