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Gmail died

So today at work, Gmail suddenly died. I couldn't log on to the Gmail webpage, and it was giving a "File Not Found" error instead of an actual Gmail error page. I tried logging on to Google in every way I could think of, and nothing worked. I tried logging on to Adsense, and the page loaded OK, but on the right instead of username/password fields I got the same File Not Found page.

I tried another computer at work, and it worked fine. And now I'm at home, and it works fine here too. I tried deleting my cache/cookies at work, and I tried it in IE and Firefox, and nothing worked, so I don't think it's a browser problem at work. Maybe something screwed with my hosts file? Maybe Google is blocking me via IP address?

The sucky thing about email addresses is once you get one and give it to tons of people, you're stuck using it forever. I really don't like Gmail at all, but it's the best I can find. I tried Horde and/or Squirrelmail at my domain, but it's just not powerful enough and I don't have full access to my server to actually configure those things like I want. Someone needs to make a simplistic, powerful, geek-based email service. (Or is there such a thing already?) I don't need fancy options. I don't need AJAX. I don't want emoticons or stationary or God only knows what else. I'd use anything which was reliable and fit those criteria.

August 31, 2006 @ 12:07 PM PDT
Cateogory: Rants
Tags: Google, Email, Rant


Quoth heipei on August 31, 2006 @ 10:14 PM PDT

try roundcubemail ( being a squirremail user i tried it once for fun (its still very experimental) but it looked really cool, intuitive and as close to a desktop app as a browser-app can be. stuff like double clicking and so on. just give the demo on their webpage a shot.

Quoth Brian on September 01, 2006 @ 5:10 AM PDT

You mean I imagine. That looks pretty impressive, but I think it lacks a lot of functionality. And some users at my hosts' forums complained that it didn't work quite right.

I'm looking at now. It seems to be along the lines of what I want.