It’s about time. I noticed that Google finally fixed the Gmail sign-in page. Since January 1, it has been stuck at 2800 MB, since someone forgot to write the code that would manage the storage increase past New Year’s Eve. Now I see that it is counting up once again. Good boy, Google! You fixed something that should have been taken care of, uh, December 1st, 2006.
Today, the storage counter on the Gmail sign-in page stopped. It got stuck at 2800 MB, and it stopped because some programmer at Google forgot to write the code to make it work past the new year. Now I know you’re busy, Google, but you’ve got to mind your code. Having the Gmail storage counter stop on January 1 is inexcusable. Make the changes before the new year, say around December 1?
I have found a petition on the Internet that advocates making Google change Gmail to use HTTPS by default. Gmail has a secure interface, but Google makes the unsecured interface the default. This is exposing your private correspondence to anyone who wants to read it as it is transmitted from Google’s servers to your browser. Please sign this petition; it will make all users of Gmail safer from online threats including phishing and identity theft.The link is here: http://www.petitiononline.com/gmailssl/petition.html
Google has definitely been working on a lot of new features for Gmail. They recently added a new feature, for a select number of users only, that allows fetching mail from up to five external accounts, indexing the contents, and searching that from within Gmail. They are currently working on expanding the functionality to include all users.
At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…