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Stuart Ash
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What do you guys think of Google Mail??


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Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:
What do you guys think of Google Mail??


It is excellent in every respect. It offers over 2,662MB of space. You can apply multiple labels to an email. Gmail groups specific emails as conversations.

The only drawback is that you cannot send or receive email messages with .exe attachments. There are workarounds for this, but I shall leave that for another thread.
Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:
What do you guys think of Google Mail??


What do you think of Google Mail?
[ November 08, 2005: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]

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Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:
What do you guys think of Google Mail??


Its good.


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Badriprasad Bumbabol
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Found it a bit difficult to use - Not very intuitive. Usabulity could have been better.
Abhinav Srivastava
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Still in Beta though, what are they upto!
Ulf Dittmer
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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 ]

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Sonny Gill
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Care to elaborate on that?

Should I also be worrying about my Yahoo mail stored on Yahoo servers, and my Hotmail mails on the MS servers?
Ben Souther
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
Should I also be worrying about my Yahoo mail ....?


Yep:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/09/27/40OPreality_1.html


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Michael Ernest
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Would you have believed, prior to reading this article, that Yahoo, Google or any internet company is ethically committed to protecting you from your own government?


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Ben Souther
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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.
Stuart Ash
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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.

david lightman
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I dont like the way google scans(or reads) your emails and uses words contained it to post ads on the side

for example if my dad sent me an email saying we need more storage space for some car parts in an email, I will notce adds on the side for car parts and storage space..that's a little scary..
Henry Wong
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Originally posted by david lightman:
I dont like the way google scans(or reads) your emails and uses words contained it to post ads on the side

for example if my dad sent me an email saying we need more storage space for some car parts in an email, I will notce adds on the side for car parts and storage space..that's a little scary..


It does feel a bit weird that the ads are targeted... but as long as it is done by the system, and not people reading your email, it should be okay.

And it is currently only based on the current email. Hopefully, they won't change it so that it will start learning about you -- like how amazon does it. That would be scary...

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Michael Ernest
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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.
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Ben Souther
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:

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.

By being careful, I mean don't ever take for granted that your privacy will be respected (regardless of what a companies stated privacy policy is).

Hell, even the US is not as tolerant towards free expression as it used to be.

Sadly, true.



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.

Agreed.
As with all gold rushes I think we'll see a lot of companies throw ethics and prinicpals to the wind to make sure they get their foothold in the emerging growth of China.
Zhang Alan
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A o~

My computer(in campus LAN) can't open google unless I use a proxy.
Sonny Gill
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Ok, I forgot to include the <mild-sarcasm> tags
My point was that other email providers are no better than Gmail when it comes to privacy concerns.
Ben Souther
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:


Ok, I forgot to include the <mild-sarcasm> tags
My point was that other email providers are no better than Gmail when it comes to privacy concerns.


Then I guess I've underscored your point.
 
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