I just upgraded my iPad to iOS7, and have mixed views on the changes overall. The new functionality seems in general to be useful, but the flat design seems to be less clear than the old one and in particular some of the icons are really not intuitive or clear to me.
I’ve found one thing which particularly annoys me in the Mail application though:
My iPad is set to use British English, and Trash is not a British term! It’s also inconsistent when there’s a perfectly good wastebin icon on the email screen itself.
This started a train of thought about a similar icon/term which has always bothered me:
Why is is called a Recycle Bin ?
Stuff I put in our physical recycle bin gets taken away, cut up, washed / melted, and reworked into a range of new items, which I don’t personally get back. If I expected to put in a Word document and get back an Excel with numbers from a bunch of other people maybe the analogy would be more accurate.
To be fair there are some similarities:
- I always forget to empty both the electronic and real form of the bins until we run out of space.
- A file is always needed just after emptying, and newspaper is always needed for surface protection the day after it is recycled.
I wonder what the correct term for this electronic store would be? Options I’ve thought of:
Attic – much better metaphore, but can’t really picture the icon for this.
Celler – not very common in British English.
Garage – having a car on the icon would clearly cause confusion!
Google Chrome has some nice features, one in particular being the automatic translation. Unfortunately the performance on my home machine was awful, with long pauses before loading pages despite the usual attemps to cleanup, reinstall etc etc.
In a fit of frustration I tried IE, and was pleasantly surprised to find it very fast and very usable, with the exception of the translation part. Bing isn’t very well integrated, and simply doesn’t do very good translations.
I don’t like the Google Toolbar, but needed a button to do one-stop translation of the page, and found two solutions.
The following bookmark will take the current URL and open in it Google Translate:
To install this in IE
- Bookmark the normal Google Translate page translate.google.com.
You can change the target and interface language by modifying the tl=en and hl=en parts respectively.
2. Set up Google Translate as a search provider
By setting up Google Translate as a search provider, you can send the current address bar content in two clicks.
- Use the tool at the following page to create the search provider: www.enhanceie.com/ie/SearchBuilder.asp.The URL you need to use is: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=TEST
- To do the translation, click the little down arrow by the search button in the IE address bar, and click the Google Translate button twice.