Gmail’s User Bar Has a New Link

Hey, look what Google put in the user bar of Gmail (that part with the menu, help, settings, etc.): It’s an easily-accessible bug report link. Yep, it links to the Gmail Support contact page, with direct=1. That means you get just a simple form for reporting a bug: address, subject, bug summary. No frills, no clutter; just a page to report a bug. This page has existed in the Help Center for some time, but it’s only linked to for a very few issues. Now they’ve put it in the toolbar. I wonder how long it will stay?

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PDF Spam Malware

A new malware-distribution scam is sending out fake order-confirmation messages with “self-extracting” attachments (EXE files) that supposedly contain PDF order summaries, but really drop a Haxdoor/Goldun (depending on what antivirus program you ask) payload that can severely compromise your computer’s security, plus steal passwords, give a hacker control of your PC, and display ads. Some variants can also disable anti-virus and anti-spyware apps and firewalls. The scary part of this scam is the fact that it is constructed in such a way that lots of users will probably fall for it. It appears to prey on the modern public’s knowledge…

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Confirmation of Email Blocking on School Account

Today I logged into my school email account to find five “Undeliverable Mail” messages in the inbox. Sure enough, each one referred to a particular message I had tried to send when I was troubleshooting Gmail and ended up troubleshooting the school system. Looks like they really are blocking email to external recipients now, though my teachers can still send to my Gmail account. All five messages contained the same error message: Rejected with: 550 5.7.1 Requested action not taken: message refused Feh. Now not only can I not send to the address from Gmail, I cannot send from the…

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Gmail Storage Did Increase

OK, the storage in my Gmail account did increase. I think it’s updating every 24 hours or so, since it updated while I was asleep last night. I’ll watch tonight around midnight (I plan to be up later than I was last night) and see if it goes up again. When it does, I’ll note the time and then log it for a few days to see if I can find a pattern. I’ll be posting my results back here around the middle of next week. I must say, again, I’m very excited by the possibilities opened by this update.…

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Increased Gmail Storage Hits News Media

As I thought, the in Gmail drew attention from both of my favorite sources: PC World and Lifehacker. Their articles basically say the same thing as I did, but interestingly they left out estimates of update speed. The title of Lifehacker’s post is quite intriguing, because they put an estimated 6 GB time in their title. Anyway, it feels good to sit and wallow in the knowledge that I found this hours before any of the major news networks I follow. Especially after the day of classes.

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Partial Explanation for Gmail Storage Lag

Now that I think about it, the storage in my Gmail account always lagged a few hours (at least) behind the counter on the homepage. Of course, no change since 0415 this morning is a bit long, as it’s been about six hours, but my mom’s account is several megs below mine, so Gmail storage must be, like everything else at Gmail, a rollout-type deployment, where groups of users get new features (or disk space). Since the clock is moving faster, it’s no wonder the gap is bigger. I’ll watch over the next few days to see if it stabilizes…

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No, Seriously, What’s Up?

Now I’m really confused. The counter on the Gmail login page says I should have 2,939 MB of storage space, but my account only shows 2,918. I’m behind by more than 20 megs. If Google is really increasing all the storage by five megabytes an hour, which is the rate the counter’s going at, why isn’t my account’s counter increasing? Is it time to comment in a help group?

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What’s Going On?!

Since about an hour ago, I can see that my Gmail account’s storage has gone up about five megabytes. Yep, you’re reading this right: 5 MB in about an hour. At that rate… Whoo… Gmail will hit three gigs in a matter of days. Either Google messed up when they updated the script (and server: the Gmail account shows the same numbers as the login page counter), or they’re radically increasing storage to compete with Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, which have 5 GB and “unlimited” storage, respectively. I wonder what Lifehacker will say when they come across that Gmail Blog…

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