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j0nharris
12-20-2004, 01:59 PM
Hi all,
I've been using the google email service (https://gmail.google.com/gmail)(gmail) for awhile now, and have 10 invites that I can send to people for others to try it out.

If anyone would like an invite to open one, just drop me a note @ aikijon@gmail.com.

-Happy holiday training!

PeterR
12-20-2004, 06:44 PM
I 've been getting the same. Most of my friends and family are now covered.
If Jon runs out try Peter.Rehse@gmail.com

Besides lots of room and a search function for mail (which I suspect may get even better) its early days. Your chance of getting a good name is very high.

batemanb
12-21-2004, 05:52 AM
I took up Peter on his offer :). I like it too, but I do get frustrated that despite checking the "do not ask for password for 2 weeks" box that I have to put my password in every time, and have to retype my mail address every 2 or 3 logins. Do you get the same Peter?

PeterR
12-21-2004, 05:47 PM
I work through the gmail notifier and have not had a problem. It may be how your remembered passwords or cookies are set on your browser.

JAHsattva
01-03-2005, 01:18 PM
some info on "Gmail"

in a cyberspace full of banner ads and pop-up windows,Google has stood apart for the more benign nature of its advertising.
A few sponsored links on the right side of the page seem like a small price to pay for use of the most comprehensive search enginegoing.

Some industry observers even speculated that Googles dearth of ads was possible because the company made most of its money from licensing its revolutionary technology.But when Google filed for its initial public stock offering in 2004,it revealed that 95% of its $1 billion revenues comes from advertising.

And that revenue will only grow.Google was supposedly above the hucksterism of search engines that included paid placement links in thier results.But the structure of its newly unveiled free web-based email service - Gmail - shows that Google is happy to fuse content with product promotion.

Gmail is primed to dominate the market because it offers far more mail storage than its competitors.
But what makes it most distinctive is its ability to scan emails to add advertising that is related to the subject of the email.
So a query to a friend about a dinner date might prompt ads for local resturants.Not suprisingly,privacy advocates are worried.

According to the Los Angeles Times,Chris Hoofnagle of the Electronic Privacy Information Center likened the Gmailads to
"a computerized voice interrupting a phone conversation about a vacation with a pitch for a travel agency."

And what if law enforcement officials want to look at all the information Google has compiled?

But beyond the issue of privacy,what's perhaps most worrisome is that Gmail has further blurred the line between ads and information.At this rate,we can soon expect ads to show up in the actual text of the email.The mention of your favorite movie could bring up a hyperlink that takes you to the movie's website.

ads have infiltrated the medium.How long until they are the medium?

j0nharris
01-03-2005, 01:41 PM
I haven't had any trouble with my gmail, and consider the security risks of their desktop search to be much greater.
I don't even notice the ads that come up on the monitor with my mail, and if you view your mail through a third party application, such as Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/), you won't see them at all.

And the feds can look at any email they wish with the right subpoena, from your work, Yahoo, Hotmail, et al.

I've shared a number of gmail accounts with friends serving in Iraq, & they seem to appreciate all the space and availability to send pictures & information back home.. See Gmail for Troops (http://www.gmail4troops.com/) for more information about this program.