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387 comments

Schweet (1)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111245)

This is frikkin' awesome!I only got 1406MB, though, not the full 2GB. Not that I'm complaining about my free e-mail account. All that, and it's a real story. :)

Re:Schweet (3, Insightful)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111307)

This is frikkin' awesome!I only got 1406MB

Apparently it increases at the same rate than the javascript counter they put in the main page

Re:Schweet (2, Funny)

DjMd (541962) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111411)

Boooo BOOOOOOO!
I call foul, an Actual story on slashdot on 4/1?
How cruel.

Re:Schweet (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111310)

This is frikkin' awesome!I only got 1406MB, though, not the full 2GB. Not that I'm complaining about my free e-mail account. All that, and it's a real story. :)

You don't really want 2 GB of email. It's too damn much to wade through. Even downloading it would be painful.

Re:Schweet (1)

over_exposed (623791) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111392)

You don't have to download it... it's web based. That's the point of web-based e-mail. It stays on the web so you can get it from anywhere...

Re:Schweet (4, Insightful)

Richardsonke1 (612224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111318)

Take a look at the main gmail [gmail.com] page. You can see the counter slowly increasing your space allotment throughout the day.

Re:Schweet (3, Informative)

pasokon (829164) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111327)

Well... apparantly, they want to keep giving storage beyond 2GB. See here [google.com] . Also see the home page (where you sign in)... http://gmail.google.com/ [google.com]

1406MB == 2GB (0, Redundant)

scovetta (632629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111329)

1406MB is the same thing as 2GB, since 2GB = 2,000,000,000 bytes (by the definition of hard drive makers), and Google probably just redefined MB to mean 1,422,475 bytes.

Re:Schweet (1)

zxnos (813588) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111383)

sucker! i have... ...1416MB

Re:Schweet (3, Funny)

Striikerr (798526) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111423)

As nerds around the world move their coveted porn off their hard drives to Gmail storage, Google will soon be able to post the following on their login page for GMail and actually mean it... "All your pr0n are belong to us..."

Not a joke (1, Redundant)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111246)

but it's still increasing, I have 1412MB as of yet.

Re:Not a joke (1)

piacoa (704702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111325)

Just because Google happens to be the creative authority on providing users their features, they're incrementing it by roughly 1 MB every 5-10 seconds until it gets to 2 GB. Snazzy!

Re:Not a joke (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111424)

so in around a hour and a half to 3 hrs we will have 2 gigs? i really dont think soo. Quick we need to fill up our inboxes to test it. BTW where is this space comming from?

I have 1337 mb...Thought it was a joke... (2)

Who drank my chocola (866496) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111388)

This, of course, led me to believe it was an April Fool's Day prank... You know, a "leet" amount of storage...

Re:I have 1337 mb...Thought it was a joke... (1)

piacoa (704702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111434)

Yeah.. I thought (especially with the napkin drawing attached) that the storage increase was similar to the "glitch" they had for a while when they were "offering" 100 GB of storage... but sure enough (after enough FAQ reading), the increase is legit. Thought it admittedly would be cool if Google offered a consistent 1337 MB of storage!

April 1st? (5, Informative)

maotx (765127) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111247)

In light of April 1st I have to say I'm not sure if this is legit or not.
My gmail account has slowly been growing today (it's at 1440MB capacity now) and have noticed the rainbow features being integrated.

Will this last till tomorrow? Who knows. I'm liking it as is. I wouldn't think that Google would offer a service only to rip it away. If I had to speculate I would say that this is their answer to Yahoo!'s recent 1GB offer of e-mail. And as for those of you who keep complaining about gmail being in Beta still, I think Google answered it best regarding their "Gulp" product in their FAQ: [google.com]

11. When will you take Google Gulp out of beta?

Man, if you pressure us, you just drive us away. We'll commit when we're ready, okay? Besides, what's so great about taking things out of beta? It ruins all the romance, the challenge, the possibilities, the right to explore. Carpe diem, ya know? Maybe we're jaded, but we've seen all these other companies leap headlong into 1.0, thinking their product is exactly what they've been dreaming of all their lives, that everything is perfect and hunky-dory - and the next thing you know some vanilla copycat release from Redmond is kicking their butt, the Board is holding emergency meetings and the CEO is on CNBC blathering sweatily about "a new direction" and "getting back to basics." No thanks, man. We like our freedom.

Re:April 1st? (2, Informative)

two_stripe (584918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111306)

Considering GMail was launched on April 1st last year, id say you'd be pretty safe in assuming that it isnt actually a joke.

Re:April 1st? (1)

Mahler (171064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111346)

Consindering Google-humor, that just might be all the more reason to suspect it is...

Re:April 1st? (1)

StormShaman (603879) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111342)

Carpe diem? More like caveat emptor.

Re:April 1st? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111344)

mine is also ar 1.414 GB which is kinda wierd that we both are at 1.4

Re:April 1st? (5, Interesting)

MPolo (129811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111349)

Just log out of Gmail. Then you will see the "joke" about the Infinity+1 Email account. Then at the end, they say "April Fool" and link to the new features mentioned in this article. Hence, the two GB is real, it will just take until tomorrow until it is there. (Or at least that's my analysis.)

The question remains of whether the submitter saw the joke, realized that it needn't be submitted, given the glut of them, and then found the new features, or just clicked on that glowing red "New Features" link at the top of his logged-in page.

Re:April 1st? (1)

moontumbohotmail.com (697100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111371)

My gmail account is also at 1.4GB. I'm thinking it's probably real, considering that Google launched on April Fools day.

Re:April 1st? (1)

killjoe (766577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111375)

The FAQ item is great. When do I get to make mailboxes though?

Re:April 1st? (1)

kebes (861706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111393)

This is not an april fool's prank. It is real. The joke is the "infinity + 1" storage that appears on the gmail main page. [gmail.com] But if you follow the link they have, which reads:

"Gmail turns 1 today. And we've always loved a good joke. We know we won't reach infinity, but check out what we will do [google.com] ..."

You will see that they are very serious about increasing to 2 GB of storage. The counter on the Gmail page seems to be increasing from 1000 Mb to 2000 Mb at a rate that will reach the goal by the time the day is over.

Haha! April fools!!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111248)

You Slashdot editors are teh funny!!!!!!

Re:Haha! April fools!!!! (1)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111439)

And they build a rich text format mail composer for today also!!! HAHAHAHAH!

Re:Haha! April fools!!!! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111441)

Ironically, this is probably the only non-April-Fools joke story we'll see today...

actually a real article (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111252)

unless google is also having april fool day fun, but I don't think so.

Kinda... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111347)

Re:actually a real article .. "Since today marks the first birthday of Google's online email service, Gmail,

But since it's beta, is it really a birthday or is a a beta birthday?

More google news :) (4, Funny)

SlongNY (766017) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111253)

More google news :) http://www.google.com/googlegulp/product_line.html [google.com] Yummmy...

My favorite part (2, Funny)

Jeff85 (710722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111397)

How to get Gulped? You can pick up your own supply of this "limited release" product simply by turning in a used Gulp Cap at your local grocery store. How to get a Gulp Cap? Well, if you know someone who's already been "gulped," they can give you one. And if you don't know anyone who can give you one, don't worry - that just means you aren't cool. But very, very (very!) soon, you will be. I guess I'm not cool. =(

True story! (1, Redundant)

BWJones (18351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111255)

Wow, the Google story first non April Fools post of the day on Slashdot. Now all we need is a true to life post on the new Apple PDA [utah.edu] .

Happy Birthday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111258)

Cool happy birthday gmail

Thats Great (1, Redundant)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111261)

Two years old - but when are they finally going to be off of Beta release?

Re:Thats Great (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111319)

Darn, can't edit my responses. I meant to say one year old, of course. Still, seems a long time to be in beta, especially with so many users.

Re:Thats Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111324)

1 (one) year old, you moron

April Fools again (-1, Troll)

SWroclawski (95770) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111262)

Worst April Fool's joke yet!

Re:April Fools again (0, Flamebait)

Aayenn (849821) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111308)

Lies. Google is taking over the world soon. Everyone knows it. This is only one more way. Soon you'll see "Google buys microsoft" and thats when everything will end.

Re:April Fools again (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111432)

Umm, it's not a joke..

my inbox size has been upped and just so you remember, Gmail because available on April 1st.. which wasn't a joke either..

if you want to see gmail's joke, go to their page www.gmail.com you'll see their "Infinity+1 Inbox" joke..

Would've been believable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111266)

... if Gmail hadn't been released on March 31, 2004.

Ha! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111267)

Fooled me again. NOT!

oh, shit, it's true, what's up with that?

Ok, so since I read me email as ASCII text, I supposed they translate these Rich Text feature for email going outside the Gmail system?

Re:Ha! (1)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111430)

Most likely use MIME. Post your email and I'll drop you a note and you can see for yourself.

I am sick of this (-1, Redundant)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111268)

These APRIL FOOLS JOKES are getting TIRING can't you just post one normal news article here people?

Man it sucks if you are falling for this crap.

Re:I am sick of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111373)

Jeeeezzz.. You think -these- 'April Fool' pranks are bad, just wait for the BIG one on the second, and the -real- April Fools Day, April 15th... Think about it... Americans once again getting screwed royally by their government..

April Fool's? (1)

Flypside (872588) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111271)

I'm actually believing this one for the time being....

No Joke (2, Informative)

JuliusRV (742529) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111273)

And this isn't even an April Fool's joke, it's for real! :)

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Guerrillero (798334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111274)

fist post

Not april's fools (1)

thundercatslair (809424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111276)

Finally a story that isn't a april fools joke. The new features are nice, but the 2GB storage? Again pretty useless.

I have to say (1)

dan dan the dna man (461768) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111277)

I love the way the counter on Gmails home page is slowly crawling towards 2000Mb. Every time I log into Gmail my % use is dropping today!

About time (1)

mrbaggs (864520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111278)

Finally, some real news.

wow! (1)

agent2 (628468) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111279)

neat.

yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111281)

i love a good party.

Oh yeah? Infinity plus 1! (4, Funny)

havaloc (50551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111283)

Check out the napkin drawing on the login screen [gmail.com] .

Re:Oh yeah? Infinity plus 1! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111415)

hey that link went straight to my inbox. how did you hack into my account?!!

Sweet... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111284)

Gmail is like a sore dick; you can't beat it!

This is not very usable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111287)

...without the blink tag.

Boobies ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111288)

BOOBIE :D:D

Size increase (1)

freak4u (696919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111289)

Yeah, my account is slowly increasing too. Nifty. I thought this was an April Fool's at first, then i hit Compose..

How long until 2gb? (1)

stecoop (759508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111290)

On the web page it is currently about 1400mb. It is counting up to 2gb but it is going to take a few days. I bet I wont be able to tell the difference in storage space between now and then anyway.

Re:How long until 2gb? (1)

Stalyn (662) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111354)

hang on... lemme use my time machine....

okay back it'll reach 2GB at 12am EST.

Re:How long until 2gb? (1)

TravisWatkins (746905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111431)

It'll reach 2GB at 12am CST too. The JS uses your timezone for the counter.

This appears to be (1)

SparksMcGee (812424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111291)

A parody of the term "News" for Nerds, or else the lamest April Fool's joke ever. C'mon guys, you were on a roll. Keep the good times coming and bear in mind that no one cares about gmail...in color!!

Infinity + 1 (0)

CompotatoJ (848808) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111295)

You thought infinty was a lot of space? Google is topping that.

Great! (1)

Kilroy Wasn't Here (849661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111300)

I can send people bigger images of my satellite photos [slashdot.org] now...

Cool! (1)

NerdHead (35767) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111301)

I like the RTF tools so far. One problem is that if the background is for a small text and you change the size of the text, the background color size doesn't change automatically.

Watching the size counter increment instead of going directly to 2000 Mb reminds me that today is April Fools Day. I'll look at it tomorrow.

I thought this was a 1/04 thing... (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111302)

The great thing is, it has been increasing gradually all day. You can watch the capacity going up on the login page (along with some humorous stuff), and the storage capacity when logged in increasing smoothly in line with it.

timer (5, Informative)

ice-nine (149145) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111311)

The disk space is going up gradually over the course of the day (I'm guessing, from the counter on the gmail front page (viewable when you're logged out)). When I checked early this morning I had 1128 MB, then 1129 MB, and when I set my system clock ahead, it jumped up (then back down when I set it back).

ag

Competitoin? (3, Interesting)

adennis (846411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111312)

Hmm... I wonder if this could have anything to do with yahoo and hotmail starting to catch [yahoo.com] up [passport.net] with mail space... One of the many things Google has always been good at was staying ahead.

Re:Competitoin? (2, Informative)

xtracto (837672) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111407)

Well, it could be but, since i started to read about the Hotmail's 250 MB offer I got a bit happy, but, nope, i still had those miserable 4 MB... now I know why:

"
250MB inbox available only in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Eligible Hotmail users will first receive 25MB at sign-up. Please allow at least 30 days for activation of your 250MB storage to verify your e-mail account and help prevent abuse. Microsoft Corporation reserves the right to provide 250MB inbox to free Hotmail accounts at its discretion"

So ... nope Hotmail service is FAAAR faaaar FAAAAAAAAAR from getting my attention again...
as I have the fortune not to live in the USed

Yep... here it is... (0, Offtopic)

xtracto (837672) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111316)

As I mentioned... I posted this before [slashdot.org] and the story was rejected... so why was my story rejected and this one not??? hm...

I hate April Fools (5, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111317)

Seriously though, this April Fools thing was funny for a while, but it has to stop. I depend on this site for serious news. But today its all joke articles like this one. Come on now, two Gigabytes? For email? Very funny guys.

Re:I hate April Fools (0)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111362)

Umm, check your gmail account. Its not a joke, at least for today.

Re:I hate April Fools (2, Interesting)

DoubleDangerClub (855480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111366)

No joke. If you don't have a gmail account, I can see the skepticism, but it really is true. Going up to 2GB and beyond! The rich text editing is done very well too.

Anyone noticed... (2, Informative)

(Jehuty) (848693) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111321)

... That the counter on the Gmail page shows how much storage you have, and it keeps on increacing, u need to sign out of your Gmail account to view it

doubling every year (1)

unk1911 (250141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111322)

would be nice if the storage space would double with every google birthday

--
http://unk1911.blogspot.com [blogspot.com]

Re:doubling every year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111414)

FAKE SIG

Re:doubling every year (1)

SmokeHalo (783772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111422)

Perhaps it will. Or even better, increase exponentially every year until it reaches a terabyte.

In 10 years... (1)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111330)

It will in Preview Release stage and the capcity will be 1TB!!!!

I hope this one is a joke. (0, Troll)

R.Caley (126968) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111333)

Otherwise it's time to tag all gmail sourced email as spam.

why still Beta? (1)

Dtyst (790737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111337)

With all these features, I really think that Gmail should get rid of the Beta, how much more can it be improved? Why not start using version numbers? It is much more cool when version numbers change and you try to figure out what's new.. ;)

Drive Extension (5, Interesting)

Plazzma (754649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111340)

2 gigabytes of storage might be pointless for just email, but it could be useful if you use a Gmail Drive Extension like http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm [viksoe.dk]

Ummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111350)

April Fools?

gmail storage growing this morning (1)

qBeaks (98833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111351)

I cheched this morning and they were allowing me 1330MB

now it is 1414MB

It seems they are increasing the limit over time today.

npr OT (0, Offtopic)

gngulrajani (52431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111355)

Did anyone notice any april 1 pranks on NPR's Morning Edition this morning??

-greg

2GB? (1)

slashrogue (775436) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111358)

Hmmm.... You are currently using 2 MB (0%) of your 1415 MB.

Re:2GB? (1)

slashrogue (775436) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111396)

Oh, nevermind. I had to actually sign out of Gmail to see the front page that has the counter of how much storage space is available.

Re:2GB? (1)

Drakonian (518722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111419)

It slowly increases up to 2 GB.

Not a prank! (1)

Kimos (859729) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111359)

Remember that last year Gmail was announced on April Fool's. Besides, there's no way that our good friend Google would give us a fantastic and believable gift then brutally take it away.

My only fear is that Google can't resist the draw to become evil forever. If they start making some of these new toys for-pay-features. *shakes fist*

Look (1)

mattmentecky (799199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111374)

Heh, if you look on Slashdot's main page, you see three Google stories:
one about not real news (fake), one about a new service and one about Google expanding within an existing service.

I would say that is a typical Slashdot day ;)

No joke! (1)

moniker_21 (414164) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111389)

I've been in and out of my Gmail account all morning and I didn't even realize at the bottom it now says the following:
You are currently using 57 MB (4%) of your 1414 MB.

Nice! Thanks Google!

The real joke (1)

beerbaronstatic (843902) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111408)

The real joke is that they were claiming to give everyone infinity + 1 MB worth of storage space. The 2 GB of storage is the sad sad reality(after being compared to infinity + 1)

Yay! (1)

greypilgrim (799369) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111410)

More space I will never use. Who the heck needs 2 gigs of email storage? I'm using 9mb, and I've had my account for almost a year!

Just the meta physical tags please (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111412)

I personally admire the rectitude of normal, unimposing users whose insouciance and anomie natheless inspire the diversion of all that I survey. Indeed, even if one's raison d'etre were so mundane as implied, there would still be no plantain for composition.

foolios (1)

Hits_B (711969) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111416)

You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine - Homer

Not an April Fools Joke (1)

MadMorf (118601) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111421)

Unlike most of today's headlines...

Go to your Gmail account for more info...

Why can't this be a joke? (3, Interesting)

kickabear (173514) | more than 9 years ago | (#12111426)

In every email program/service I've ever used, I've always set it to text-only. If I need to set something apart for emphasis, I've used regular punctuation and correct word choice. I've never needed to use large fonts or colored text to get my point across. Instead of useless features like bold and italics, why not work on a feature such as downloading email from my existing POP accounts, so I can consolidate all my email into one service?


Props for the increased space, though.

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12111433)

Double the storage capacity is great and all, but I'd MUCH rather they increased the maximum size of attachments beyond 10MB. What say you, Google?
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