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Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage

ScuttleMonkey posted about 7 years ago | from the to-infinity-and-beyond dept.

Yahoo! 316

Josh Fink writes to tell us that Yahoo has announced that they will be offering unlimited email storage starting this coming May. The launch is all a part of Yahoo's ten year anniversary. While not all users will see their storage caps disappear right away Yahoo is promising that this feature will eventually reach their entire population.

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New business plan (4, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | about 7 years ago | (#18517563)

1) Offer backup services for a modest fee 2) Mail them to my yahoo account 3) profit

Re:New business plan (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517931)

mark this day on your calendar: the day slashdot died after Harmonious Botch discovered a way to effectively modify your original post by using the sig.

Nice idea. (4, Funny)

crazyjeremy (857410) | about 7 years ago | (#18517577)

I am offering unlimited free $1 bills to anyone who leaves intelligent replies to this comment. While I may not send yours to you right away I will try to send it eventually.

Re:Nice idea. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517647)

I beg to disagree with your assertion that you will send unlimited $1 bills to posters of intelligent comments. I move that the set of all existing dollar bills is countable, since it has a one-to-one correspondence with the algebraic group Z. Ergo, by modus ponens, you cannot have unlimited dollar bills. If you did, a simple reductio ad absurdum dictates that they'd have no value, and therefore I would not want them anyway.

Re:Nice idea. (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#18517745)

If you did, a simple reductio ad absurdum dictates that they'd have no value, and therefore I would not want them anyway.

      Bravo Sir, stated like a true Nerd!

      PSST: I'll have his!

Re:Nice idea. (1)

Jimmy King (828214) | about 7 years ago | (#18518139)

This lack of value assumes that everyone (or at least enough people) have unlimited $1 bills. If only you and the parent poster have unlimited $1 bills and everyone else in the world still has to work for their money as usual then it's not at all worthless and still quite the advantage.

Re:Nice idea. (4, Insightful)

icepick72 (834363) | about 7 years ago | (#18517649)

Unlimited $1 bills, or unlimited pennies, or unlimited $20 bills, or unlimited flecks of gold ... does it really matter if indeed it is unlimited?

Re:Nice idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517925)

Yes. It could be an unlimited number of bills, each charging you $1. That is significantly different from sending you unlimited pennies, with which you could set up a brothel and become a millionaire.

Re:Nice idea. (1)

aesiamun (862627) | about 7 years ago | (#18517957)

Only if counting unlimited pennies and rolling them or storing unlimited $1 bills is worthwhile.

I'd rather unlimited $20 bills or $50 bills please.

How would this work? Would you just accept a phone call stating "I need more (insert monetary value of choice), please?". Do you ship for free or do you deduct the shipping amount from the amount you send? What if I just ask you to send me 100,000 $20 bills every day...would that work? Automatically assume I need more everyday and just ship.

Or maybe I'm just taking this too far...and then I'd not be receiving my unlimited currency.

Re:Nice idea. (1)

kirun (658684) | about 7 years ago | (#18517867)

You do realise that the rollout of the previous upgrades in mailbox size didn't all happen in one go as well, right? I seemed to be one of the last people to get them, maybe due to my infrequent usage (mostly news from sites I signed up to five years ago). Anyway, I hope you could console me by placing me at the head of the queue for some money. Thanks.

Re:Nice idea. (5, Funny)

Pollardito (781263) | about 7 years ago | (#18518277)

You do realise that the rollout of the previous upgrades in mailbox size didn't all happen in one go as well, right?

exactly! the previous rollouts came out overtime as they put into place the infrastructure to handle the new size, so i anticipate that they will also roll this one out as infinite space becomes available for more and more users

does anyone know if there is any truth to the rumor that Google is going to save costs on storing gmail accounts by storing everyone's email in one huge Yahoo mail account?

Re:Nice idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517951)

Please send me one!

Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (4, Interesting)

lecithin (745575) | about 7 years ago | (#18517595)

One of my yahoo addresses I have had for about 9 years. I just opened it up and looked:

Inbox - 7145 UNREAD messages (99% spam)
Bulk - 2547 UNREAD messages (about 99% spam)

Obviously, I don't use this account all that much. My point is that at least in my case, this extra storage will be just wasted.

I read this as a marketing move that really won't do a thing for me or many of the other users.

Re:Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (5, Funny)

flynt (248848) | about 7 years ago | (#18517699)

Isn't it killing you that you have 71 legit messages in there?

Re:Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (1)

nine-times (778537) | about 7 years ago | (#18517729)

Of course it's a marketing move. Gmail's 2GB was also a marketing move. Many people won't fill 20 MB of e-mail in a year, but they'll still switch to a provider that offers large/unlimited mailboxes just so that they don't have to worry about running out of space.

Re:Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (2, Insightful)

rhartness (993048) | about 7 years ago | (#18517741)

Not really. They probably won't even increase the storage size of there servers any more than they typically do. My guess is that they've noticed that most users (probably in the neighborhood of 99.99%) aren't anywhere close to their max usage and that offering this 'feature' is good simply for advertising and attracting new customers. The really limit is the size of the individual emails themselves. If you are limited to 5MB of space/per email, you would have to have about 25k 5MB emails to fill one TB. That's not going to happen, even if your account is a ten year old spam catcher.

Re:Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (2, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | about 7 years ago | (#18517947)

My point is that at least in my case, this extra storage will be just wasted.

I wonder, when we're talking about unlimited and dynamic storage, can we ever talk about "extra storage being wasted". It kinda clashes with my logical units.

They don't pre-allocate infinite number of bytes for your account, which will go "wasted".

The only thing that changes is their marketing message, nothing really goes to waste, as the usage pattern of the majority of users won't change a zilch.

Re:Do I really need more Yahoo Space? (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 7 years ago | (#18518205)

You prompted me to check my yahoo account as well. Here is what mine says:

Your Yahoo! Mail account is no longer active.
Why is my account inactive?

Yahoo! Mail deactivated your mail account because:

* You have not logged into your mail account during the past four months; or
* You have requested that Yahoo! Mail deactivate your account.

What does this mean?

* All email messages, folders, attachments and preferences have been deleted and cannot be recovered.
* All messages sent to ptomko@yahoo.com are being returned to the sender.
* You can still use your Yahoo! ID to access other registered services on Yahoo!.

I log in to Yahoo everyday, but apparently have not logged in to the mail server in awhile.

Too bad we've already got gmail (4, Insightful)

atomicthumbs (824207) | about 7 years ago | (#18517601)

I've tried Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Mail Beta. They were actually my first email accounts. Somebody sent me a gmail invite a few years ago and I've never looked back. The yahoo interface is AWFUL.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (1)

vivaoporto (1064484) | about 7 years ago | (#18517655)

So true. Not only that, but I configured Thunderbird to retrieve email from Gmail POP server, work like a charm for me and my miss. No more slow advertisement before to read my precious email, just one click on "Get" and voilà, it's all there for me.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 7 years ago | (#18517673)

I actually like the old Yahoo interface: it's simple, clear, and easy to use. Also, the ads are easy to block.

The new Beta is terrible, though. It's slow as hell, and it's so cluttered with useless "Web 2.0" cruft that the actual viewing area for the message is ridiculously tiny. If they decide to switch to that format permanently, and don't give an option to keep using the old interface, I am going to have to stop using Yahoo for my email. That would really suck, since I've been using that email address for 10 years.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (4, Informative)

jimjamjoh (207342) | about 7 years ago | (#18517841)

Except that yours is a minority opinion: CNET [cnet.com] and PC Magazine [pcmag.com] both gave glowing assessments.

I use the new Y! Mail Beta too, and the reviews are right, it IS faster, and the "Web 2.0 cruft" that you disdain has markedly improved the usability of the interface (drag 'n drop messages into folders, yeah, who would want that?!).

Usability Up, But it is slooooooow (2, Interesting)

geoffrobinson (109879) | about 7 years ago | (#18518099)

I like the interface over the old one. But I find it to be much, much slower. My guess would be that there are numerous connections going on in the background.

Re:Usability Up, But it is slooooooow (2, Insightful)

jimjamjoh (207342) | about 7 years ago | (#18518251)

It's dreadfully slow to load up, yes, because it's got so much javascript overhead on the front end. But that's a feature, not a flaw, because it's designed to just sit in a browser window/tab and never refresh the page, and once the initial loading is complete, it is MUCH faster to do repetitive email tasks, because the full page never reloads, just little pieces here and there via AJAX.

So, just like a desktop app, you sacrifice a bit in start-up time to get an app that is more responsive and allows more seamless transition between its various features.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (1, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | about 7 years ago | (#18517919)

Yeah, I don't care what Yahoo! offers. It's still Yahoo! email. I know how I snicker whenever I see someone email me from a yahoo address. Having a Yahoo! email account is a lot like having one of those K-Mart $5.95 dial up internet services.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518057)

i agree, whenever I someone emails me with a yahoo account, I immediately think "dumbfuck".

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (1)

Xtravar (725372) | about 7 years ago | (#18518061)

I disagree. I prefer Yahoo Mail classic and beta to GMail. GMail's interface makes me feel lost and claustrophobic, for whatever legitimate or non-legitimate reasons.

Plus, I use a lot of other Yahoo services and being logged into Mail makes the others easier since they all authenticate the same way.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (1)

kastababy (940709) | about 7 years ago | (#18518149)

I would agree with you totally regarding this because I have Yahoo Mail and Gmail too, and I use Gmail for a good majority of my email communication, but you can't send certain Microsoft Office attachments on Gmail (like Access files is a PRIME example!!!) Until Google gets that little snafu straight, for schoolwork and stuff I'll stick with Yahoo!

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (1)

rumplet (1034332) | about 7 years ago | (#18518185)

Yes BUT yahoo are offering unlimited storage, whilst gmail only offers a paltry

format(((now-ts) / (CP[i][0]-ts) * (CP[i][1]-bs)) + bs); ..which is much less.

Re:Too bad we've already got gmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518215)

Who the hell besides idiot n00bz use yahoo?? Gmail simply offers more without bombarding you with ads and crap. It just simply WORKS.

So all I need is a little script, (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 7 years ago | (#18517619)

a cron job to run it and I can do an incremental backup EVERY night to my email account... pity my upstream bandwidth is so crap though...

worth nothing (1, Offtopic)

denisbergeron (197036) | about 7 years ago | (#18517633)

I have 4 emails accounts (one for me, one for my wife, 1 for each of my children) I all of them I can't read email older than a month.
Each time I try, Yahoo send me a showemail.html with 0 bytes !
Now, I can have a unlimited old email of 0 bytes !
Yah right ! Nice try Yahoo !

I'd like a couple ... (5, Funny)

tekkguy (1006917) | about 7 years ago | (#18517653)

I'd like a couple of those unlimited GB hard drives. You know, just in case I fill one of them up ... oh, wait. Nevermind.

Too Little Too Late (4, Interesting)

deadmongrel (621467) | about 7 years ago | (#18517675)

I had been using yahoo Mail since 1997. Yahoo had the best(well atleast to me) email service for years. Then they decided to go with flash based in-your-face ads. Then they came up with an desktop client look-alike which was bulky and pain in the neck. I am never going back to yahoo mail.

By sacrificing usability Yahoo! wanted to make a quick buck. Bad choice and unfortunately Yahoo! did not learn from hotmail. I am still amazed at how many people still use hotmail.

Re:Too Little Too Late (3, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | about 7 years ago | (#18518153)

Yahoo and Gmail have two different approaches. Yahoo tries to be more integrated from the get go. Early on they provided a combination of email, full featured PIM, on line file storage and notepad. It's actually quite a useful set of features. I also like that I can synchronize PIM data with my PDA.

Google's approach to integration is more incremental. They build an application more or less as a stand alone entity. The result is that if email is the only thing you really care about, Gmail provides a far cleaner interface.

The pitfall with Yahoo's approach is that it is inherently more complex. It doesn't help that the first versions of their beta interface were horribly slow, but the worst decision was acting as if this were the late 90s and trying to be the user's portal to the Internet. Not that there is anything wrong with trying, but when the user wants his email, he doesn't want to wait for the top stories from sports and entertainment to load. Making the user wait for content he hasn't asked for to get content he has asked for was a bad, bad mistake.

Overall Yahoo offers a better package of services. Google provides better individual services when it has a comparable offering. If you just want email, Google is the choice for you. Yahoo should be a viable alternative, but they've chosen to magnify the downsides of their offering.

"At some undefined point..." (1)

feepness (543479) | about 7 years ago | (#18517695)

More fodder for quantum computing?... another NP complete problem to add to the list...

Maybe 12 year anniversary (4, Interesting)

carlivar (119811) | about 7 years ago | (#18517703)

Where does this anniversary stuff come from? Yahoo's 10 year anniversary was TWO YEARS AGO. Maybe this is a 12 year anniversary feature!

Re:Maybe 12 year anniversary (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517971)

It's the 10 year anniversary of Yahoo email.

unlimited (4, Insightful)

flynt (248848) | about 7 years ago | (#18517733)

Whenever something says 'unlimited', don't you just want to know, "What really is the limit?"

Re:unlimited (3, Interesting)

Spudtrooper (1073512) | about 7 years ago | (#18517815)

If it really were "unlimited," they would probably attract more attention by saying "1 terabyte" or "10 terabytes" or "ONE MILLION terabytes." "Unlimited" just sounds less impressive than a huge limit.

And for all those complaining about the ads on Gmail, try the CustomizeGoogle plug-in for Firefox. It even gets rid of the counter on the Spam box.

Re:unlimited (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | about 7 years ago | (#18518195)

We at /. don't just want to know 'what really is the limit', we will find out shortly! They have some spam filter that's supposed to short-circuit account abuse, so just fly a bit under that amount of email and keep the flow constant. First to 100 GB wins!

Re:unlimited (2, Interesting)

tompaulco (629533) | about 7 years ago | (#18518305)

Whenever something says 'unlimited', don't you just want to know, "What really is the limit?"
Exactly. Like when I got my AmEx card and they said no limit (and still advertise as such on their commercials), I found that the limit was somewhere under $2000 because they wouldn't approve my charging a laptop on my AmEx. I eventually was able to raise my unlimited limit by faxing them a copy of my bank statement showing available funds in the bank.

Re:unlimited (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | about 7 years ago | (#18518311)

Just like the pancake house down the street says all you can eat, but they put the breaks on at 13ths.

Someone somewhere has just started work on an app. to "backup" your data to yahoo mail. By backup I mean a bittorrent app that never writes the bits to your own drive.

I kid, the service is so slow they'd never get into the double digits before closing.

there's always a price (4, Interesting)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | about 7 years ago | (#18517761)

i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.


Re:there's always a price (1)

deadmongrel (621467) | about 7 years ago | (#18517883)

I thought they started charging for pop3 access way back in 2002. I loved pop3 access since you can avoid all the junk ads on screen.

Re:there's always a price (1)

Nezer (92629) | about 7 years ago | (#18518179)

I setup YuSucker to yank my email from Yahoo! just a few weeks ago. I send it through tor and avoid the dreaded Error 99. Now I get my email delivered through my server, polled ever 5 minutes, with the added benefit of both the already excellent (IHMO) Yahoo! spam filter as well as a locally-configured spamassassin.

And for those naysayers that claim Yahoo's spam filter sucks... well, guess what? They all suck. Still, I've had my yahoo address as my primary email account for several years and their filter gets 99%+ of the junk. I get around 3000-5000 spams a week in my junk folder (really). It rarely has a false positive (when it does it's usually an automated message from a machine, totally understandable, IMO). What few yahoo misses (maybe 3-5 a day), spamassassin usually gets.

I'm annoyed that Yahoo! doesn't offer free POP/IMAP access. I understand the reason but it's still annoying. I have a few domains and used to use them for email but found the spam became unmanageable. When YoSucker stops working (and it will as soon as the Yahoo Mail Beta is forced down our throats), I'll either pony-up the $20/year or move to gmail.

Re:there's always a price (2, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | about 7 years ago | (#18517909)

i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.

Very smart move, when gmail starts charging for POP3, will you move again? You always pay, one way or the other, if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads or paying them something, you're delusional.

It's simple: put your mailboxes on your own domain, and pay for hosting on that domain. You pay, but you have full control over the mailboxes, and you can put a site (or sites) up without extra cost.

Re:there's always a price (1)

paulpach (798828) | about 7 years ago | (#18518133)

I am not sure google will ever have a need to charge for pop3 access:

A lot of people read their email in multiple locations: at work and at the job. To avoid the confusion of what has been read and what not, the most convenient way is to access the web interface. Other features such as convenient searching your mail, labels and chat are not available via pop3. Also the way they organize emails into conversations is very user friendly and unmatched by most pop3 clients. The ads on gmail are very unobtrusive and do not get in your way at all. For many people (me for one), these features are compelling enough to prefer reading the email online than via pop3.

As long as they keep providing incentives like these for people to actually go and check their email on their web site, they wont have a big problem with showing ads.

Re:there's always a price (1)

N7DR (536428) | about 7 years ago | (#18518207)

if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads or paying them something, you're delusional.

Not necessarily. Google doesn't need to make money from every user of their gmail service. They're smart people, so I'm sure they have already calculated some threshold for the percentage of people who use POP3 access to gmail, above which they will start to charge. As long as the number of people using POP3 is small (for some value of "small"), I don't think it necessarily follows that they will automatically one day start to charge for POP3 access.

Re:there's always a price (1)

geobeck (924637) | about 7 years ago | (#18518247)

...if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads...

Um... Gmail does "make you look at their ads". They're over to the right. Subtle, text-only, context-focused ads. And with the context focus, I've actually followed a couple of them when they were relevant to the conversation.

Re:there's always a price (2, Insightful)

kiwimate (458274) | about 7 years ago | (#18518103)

i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.


Right, imagine the nerve...they decided to start charging a nominal fee for a specific remote method of access to their otherwise entirely free e-mail service.

Fine, decide it's not worth it, either dispense with the service or graciously move to a different service. But why be petty about it and call them names?

And, as you say, there's always a price. Same with gmail. You're the consumer; decide whether the service is worth the price and act as you see fit on that basis.

Re:there's always a price (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518105)

You can use scripts like fetchyahoo and sendymail to emulate POP access to yahoo if you want. I have been using both for about a year with minor problems with attachments and formatting.

Re:there's always a price (1)

xappax (876447) | about 7 years ago | (#18518243)

Then you'll be wanting to check out YPOPs! [ypopsemail.com], which provides a POP3 interface for Yahoo webmail.

hmm (2, Interesting)

Knara (9377) | about 7 years ago | (#18517777)

I wonder if this will fall under the "in our contract it doesn't legally say 'unlimited' " bit. I still get annoyed when I think back to the days of dialup when an ISP I used that advertised unlimited connection times sent me a nasty email because I stayed online for days at a time without disconnecting, saying that "unlimited doesn't mean unmetered"... as if that mattered to me... metering only is an issue when I pay for something according to the meter reading.

Anyway, I don't really see this as a huge boon. I don't even use 1% of either my gmail or my yahoo account. Are there really people who NEED 10gig+ mail storage?

yahoo e-mail addresses, the new DMZ? (5, Interesting)

Coraon (1080675) | about 7 years ago | (#18517795)

ok, so how about this one? 1) Pirate a piece of data 2) Upload to yahoo mail account 3) Share the user id and pass with people you want to share. 4) ... 5) profit?

Re:yahoo e-mail addresses, the new DMZ? (4, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | about 7 years ago | (#18517845)

If Bugmenot taught me one thing, is there is always the asshole who changes the password as soon as they log in.

Re:yahoo e-mail addresses, the new DMZ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518107)

that'll teach you to share kiddy porn ya douchebag

YahoomailFS? (1)

kroepoek (1078915) | about 7 years ago | (#18517811)

So can we mount a yahoo account from initrd and never have to buy another HDD again?

Re:YahoomailFS? (1)

nuzak (959558) | about 7 years ago | (#18517879)

As long as you don't mind advertisements being stuck to the bottom of every file. I can fix just about everything that yahoo mail does with adblock, greasemonkey, or other cleverness (and I only even block the really obtrusive stuff) but I can't keep them from sticking their sig on the bottom of every mail I send. That's why I don't use yahoo mail for anything but registrations.

Dennis Miller line: (1, Funny)

mellonhead (137423) | about 7 years ago | (#18517843)

(re: Men's Wearhouse "2-fer sale") "Hey folks, two of SHIT is SHIT. If they really wanted to fuck you, they'd give you three of these things."

Spammers (4, Insightful)

BrianPan (786919) | about 7 years ago | (#18517847)

I'll write the followup headline...

Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage, Spammers Rejoice

What, did they really think the users would be filling the extra space?

mo3 3own (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18517849)

[theos.coM] On his

message size? (1)

firpecmox (943183) | about 7 years ago | (#18517875)

I use gmail and its on its way to 3gb. Ive used about 15 percent of that and thats plenty for me. I know theres alot of people who would probably use all of that but instead of offering unlimited space, how about they increase the size of the message you can send. it would be nice to be able to send more than about 10mb per message. Im not sure how much yahoo lets you send but my friend who uses it sometimes has trouble sending me files around 5mb.

Ya who? (0, Flamebait)

bobetov (448774) | about 7 years ago | (#18517893)

This news thrills me. I cannot contain my joy. Tears of sincerity drop, one by one, onto my overflowing keyboard.

When I think about important, relevant web sites, Yahoo is not on the tip of my brain pan.

Woohoo.dumb (3, Interesting)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | about 7 years ago | (#18517907)

Nothing like childish, wild-eyed stupidity to spark another .com bubble. It was brainlessly exhuberant promises with no tangible means to deliver that caused the crash in 2000, and apparently Yahoo has learned nothing.

Well, maybe they have -- they survived the first crash, and swallowed a whole bunch of smaller companies in the process. Companies that had smart, innovative ideas but not enough capital to sustain themselves through a bleak period. Could it be that this is what Yahoo! is hoping will happen again?

Yet Another Marketing Gimmic (1)

bostons1337 (1025584) | about 7 years ago | (#18517927)

This is just a marketing gimmic in response to Googles 2GB email storage. All they're doing is not putting a limit on the amount of space your account can have. I'm sure its dynamically allocated so they waste no extra space on everyone. Yahoo knows damn well that 99.99999% of their uses won't get over a gig or two worth of email. It's just a big FU to their rival Google. I mean how can you beat unlimited space?

Fantastic! (3, Insightful)

CranberryKing (776846) | about 7 years ago | (#18517967)

Now I can procrastinate phasing off yahoo!mail even longer.

Storage doesn't matter anymore. Three features gmail has that kills yahoo!mail
1. Still force mandatory spam tags on outgoing mail.
2. Still have cap on attachment size (I want to send huge numanuma song video as attachment to the world).
3. Interface still sucks (even the beta).

Unlimited Storage... (0, Offtopic)

Psx29 (538840) | about 7 years ago | (#18517997)

unless you're in China, where it's unlimited until you say something bad about the government...

How interesting (1)

Kusand (597784) | about 7 years ago | (#18518013)

He takes a little poke at Yahoo, saying "I end this blog post with a mention of a fact I've brought up before: Yahoo Mail's slick new interface has been in beta forever...by which I mean since September of 2005. And it remains so." Interesting. I guess he forgot Gmail is still beta. Or maybe he didn't read the Gmail logo!

Re:How interesting (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 years ago | (#18518177)

or maybe the story isn't about gmail, so gring them up would be no reason.

Just cause he 'poked' at Yahoo, doesn't mean he supports gmail.

crash and burn (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 7 years ago | (#18518081)

and what if I go purposely sign up for every spam list there is? such as on coupons.com where you can sign up for about 1000 lists. I could get 100,000 e-mails a day after signing up for crap all day. Lol I'm gonna do that I think. They'll have to either buy me my own e-mail server or get sued by me for limiting it

I'll stick with Gmail thank you (4, Funny)

Nonillion (266505) | about 7 years ago | (#18518125)

Sorry, but I think my current Gmail's 2833 MB of storage ought to be enough for anyone.

Too bad it's Yahoo... (1)

CoolCalmChris (991775) | about 7 years ago | (#18518135)

...but, here's a thought- 1) Gmail gives you 100 invites. 2) Each account has, um...whatever amount of storage (3 GB?). 3) That's 300 GB...see where this is going? The (considerable) hassle is everything you want to store has to be in 3 GB chunks. Oh, and you have to make another account with a catalog of where it all is...never mind. The Yahoo/initrd script- I like that.

no proof reading required? (1)

Zwaxy (447665) | about 7 years ago | (#18518197)

From TFA:

"Google introduced a weird, weirdly compelling system that lets you watch your Gmail allowance grow moment by moment. (At the moment, I have 2833.40496GB--waitaminnit, now it's 2833.40454GB.)"

Firstly, he's about 3 orders of magnitude out here. Gmail currently offers 2.8GB, not 2833GB.

And secondly, growing is where things get bigger, and in this example they're getting smaller.

Wouldn't you expect a journalist who writes about technical stuff to have at least basic numeracy skills?

It's not the storage space really... (1)

angelwalkwithme (984267) | about 7 years ago | (#18518213)

I used Yahoo's Email service back when it was Rocketmail. I did this faithfully and I loved the service, but one day they decided to start charging for their pop3 service, something that practically cost them nothing. The next day I signed up for a google e-mail account with free pop3 and a ton of space and I've never looked back. The point is, unlimited e-mail is a novell concept, but you get more than you'll need with Gmail, and you don't have to pay to integrate your e-mail with Evolution, Thunderbird or Outlook. But I keep in mind that it's always cool to have competition to give the consumers the best deals.

Unlimited suck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518253)

Pure awesome. Yeah! Now Yahoo rules!
Unlimited, man!

./clicks back to gmail.

Y!MFS? (1)

ebh (116526) | about 7 years ago | (#18518281)

I can just imagine someone doing this for a senior CS project: Implement a Yahoo! Mail file system. Cache the bejeezus out of it, and do block reads and writes as email sending and reading.

GMail says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18518289)

You are currently using 103 MB (3%) of your 2833 MB.

That's not very limiting in my view, and I see no reason why I should prefer Yahoo!'s.. unlimitedness...
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