Ten years ago today, Google announced Gmail, offering a whopping 1 GB of storage data. Being April 1st, nobody took it seriously, yet, once people realised it was no hoax, Gmail "turned out to be real, and revolutionary," while kicking off "a conversation about online privacy that continues on to this day."
At first, Buchheits email search engine ran on a server at his own desk. When he sought feedback from other engineers, their main input was that it should search their mail, too. Soon, it did.
The fact that Gmail began with a search feature that was far better than anything offered by the major email services profoundly shaped its character. If it had merely matched Hotmails capacity, it wouldnt have needed industrial-strength search. Its tough, after all, to lose anything when all youve got is a couple of megabytes of space.
But serious search practically begged for serious storage: It opened up the possibility of keeping all of your email, forever, rather than deleting it frantically to stay under your limit. That led to the eventual decision to give each user 1GB of space, a figure Google settled on after considering capacities that were generous but not preposterous, such as 100MB.
|Jack Tramiel, Creator of the Commodore 64, Dies at 83|
|Autopen: the Killer App of 1937|
|Hitleriffic: funner than a barrel full of nazis|
|Grant for WWII code-breaking site|
|A Brief History of Klingon: From Star Trek III to Hamlet|
|100 Things We Can Do Today to Stop Global Warming in the Next 30 Years|
|“Creating a shift from medical device to positive body image statement.”|
|“They don’t drive like people. They drive like robots.”|
|“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|"Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail."|
|"The scientific reality of artificial intelligence."|
|"Here is Home Depot's tape measure tutorial in all its glory."|
|"It’s time for something so stupid it’s actually smart."|
|Watson 2016 #thinkwatson|