[FoRK] Or... 1 TB for free

Ian Andrew Bell fork at ianbell.com
Wed May 19 11:41:22 PDT 2004


I get ~ 85MB of spam per year.

With 20% growth year-over-year... five years?

-Ian.

On 19-May-04, at 6:18 AM, Owen Byrne wrote:

> How long would it take to fill a terabyte with spam?
> Owen
>
>
> > Google tests waters with terabyte e-mail limit
> > By Stephen Shankland
> > CNET News.com
> > May 18, 2004, 11:43 PM PT
> > URL: http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-5215599.html
> >
> > Google just escalated the e-mail storage arms race by a factor of 
> 1,000.
> >
> > Several users of the search engine's Gmail Web-based e-mail service 
> noticed Tuesday that their storage limits had quietly been raised to 1 
> million megabytes, or 1 terabyte. That's four times the typical 
> capacity of a new high-end PC's hard drive.
> >
> > The Gmail service still is in testing, and it wasn't immediately 
> clear how widely Google will offer the higher storage limit, under 
> what conditions, or to which users.
> >
> > Google didn't respond for requests for comment late Tuesday.
> >
> > Detroit resident Rajiv Vyas, who has been using Gmail for about a 
> month, was wowed by the change. "It's great. Although I am not sure 
> what I will do will all this memory," he said. "In the long run, it 
> would help me store not only photos but every file on my desktop. This 
> is 10 times more (storage space) than what I have on my office or home 
> PC."
> >
> > Others who spotted the change posted notices to Web logs and Web 
> sites.
> >
> > Google triggered a rush to offer more storage space for Web-based 
> e-mail services with the April announcement of 1GB of capacity. The 
> move pressured the dominant Web-based e-mail service providers, Yahoo 
> and Microsoft's Hotmail, which currently charge subscribers $10 to $50 
> per year for a much smaller amount of e-mail storage space.
> >
> > Yahoo responded to Gmail with a plan for 100MB of space. In the 
> United Kingdom, Lycos is moving to offer 1GB for a fee. And the 
> Macintosh-focused competitor Spymac offers 1GB at no cost.
> >
> > Gmail's liberal storage limits may be popular, but the service's 
> terms triggered privacy concerns because of Google's plan to scan the 
> content of e-mail messages in order to serve up targeted 
> advertisements.
> >
>
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