Gmail Storage Increasing Faster

While waiting for the [email protected] statistics system to do its hourly update so I could check my statistics before hitting the sack, I noticed that my Gmail account’s storage counter seemed to have increased a day or two early. On a whim (since [email protected] was still locking me out of the stats), I checked the Official Gmail Blog, and noticed a post dated (assuming the blog runs on Mountain View time) about 15 minutes ago. It announces that Google will be increasing the speed of the storage counter and giving out more free space. Rob Siemborski, the Gmail engineer who…

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Gmail Development Seems to be Stagnated

In the over three years since releasing Gmail, Google has failed to introduce any major improvements in the last two. After the release of chat functionality way back when, new features (increasing storage doesn’t count) have been noticeably absent from the client. Yes, they added integration between Gmail and Calendar and Docs. Yes, they added support for the newest Presentations addition to the Docs suite. Those aren’t really new features in the sense we’re describing. They’re just added conveniences, leveraging other services to make email easier. Within the client itself, Google hasn’t done much at all. Despite the myriad versions…

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Email Job Offers: Are They Real?

Ever since I got an email account at the University of Minnesota, I have received occasional offers from people claiming to be foreign princes or artists needing U.S. representatives or business contacts or the like. They request all kinds of information, such as name, address, nationality (strange, since they seem to know already I live in the USA), country (again, they already seem to know), marital status, occupation, and phone number. Since I have never, ever given out the address, I tend to wonder about these offers coming from anonymous Hotmail accounts registered under the United States’ .com domain. I…

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Gmail to have a New Version?

According to some research by Garett Rogers over at ZDnet, Google may be working on a new version of Gmail. He discovered some messages in the translation console that suggest they might be releasing something in the next few months. The message he found to be translated was “New version”, which, although Gmail already has a “New features!” message, which it uses, is something new in itself, since there has only been one version of Gmail. This sounds promising. Along the same lines, the next day, he discovered a couple more messages that opened the path for speculation about new…

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Gmail EXE Block Workaround

What I’m going to do, as a little short, is teach you to send EXE file attachments in Gmail. I’ve sent this workaround to many people (friends, family), but apparently have never published it in this blog. It’s probably useful for programmers emailing samples of their small apps to friends and family, or for sending system-saving programs to a non-techie whose computer is dead. The way Gmail filters attachments appears to be, at least now, by extension. This means the filter is tricked very easily. There are only a few steps to this workaround, and it’s reasonably straightforward. The only…

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School Email Sucks

Today’s generation of Web servers can do a lot of things: Run a store, provide static information, publish random writings (like mine), host sites anyone can edit (Wikipedia, specifically, and wikis in general), bring news updates instantly (RSS/Atom), and run schools. That’s right, run schools. Built on the Apache Tomcat server base, the Blackboard Learning System has been adopted by many schools, including Augsburg College (which has since switched to Moodle, mentioned below) and the notorious Houston, MN, School District, better known as MCoOL (those are the ones I know). Other platforms like Moodle don’t seem to be as popular,…

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GuestLinX Says I’m Spam

It’s one thing for business websites to be published with mistakes. It’s another to provide contact information. What burns me is when I try to use the contact information (email addresses) to notify webmasters of bugs and my messages are bounced. That’s what happened to me when I tried to notify [email protected] of multiple errors. On August 24, I sent an email to GuestLinX (which provides Internet access and networked printing solutions for hotels) at the above address, listing several errors that should be fixed on the website GuestLinXPrinting.com. Today, two days later, I finally receive a message from the…

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