[FoRK] Or... 1 TB for free

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Wed May 19 11:56:26 PDT 2004


Ian Andrew Bell wrote:

> I get ~ 85MB of spam per year.
>
> With 20% growth year-over-year... five years?
>
> -Ian.


1E12. Try a few thousand years assuming that constant growth rate. 
Another poster suggested it would not be inconceivable for Google to 
take a relatively small
chunk of that IPO money and build something that could store all the 
email in the world.

Owen

>
>> 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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