I'm under the impression that your Gmail is stored and indexed on Googles servers. Is that correct? If it is, then there are so many drawbacks, I can't even begin to describe them - I'll just say: you've just signed your soul over to Google. [ November 10, 2005: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
If I were under any mistaken notion, that article would have snapped me right out of it.
My original point still stands (Ulf's actually). Yes, you should be worried about (or at least consider very carefully what you do with) a free email account, housed on a huge server by one of these indexing companies.
Joined: Oct 07, 2005
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
What do you think of Google Mail?
[ November 08, 2005: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]
I'm just starting to use it. It's quite innovative and I'm impressed by that. However, I would get a better perspective after some more weeks of use. In the meanwhile, I thought I could get the opinion of others, hence the query.
Originally posted by Ben Souther: Yes, you should be worried about (or at least consider very carefully what you do with) a free email account, housed on a huge server by one of these indexing companies.
If by being careful you meaning avoiding statements that violate local law, I'd say it hardly matters where the email ends up. If it's over the wire -- period -- you're taking a chance.
China does not appear as tolerant towards "free expression" as the US is. Hell, even the US is not as tolerant towards free expression as it used to be. I think it's poor form to believe internet email services should be protecting rights you didn't have to begin with.
You have to give the man in this article a huge amount of credit for his bravery. He had to know the consequences, and he spoke out anyway. If nothing else, it's a good reminder that Yahoo is just another corporation out to make bucks -- it is neither a vanguard of freedom nor a romantically-inspired advocate for the internet. Just people who want to make money. [ November 11, 2005: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]