Fading Love for Gmail

I was tentative in starting up with Gmail. Email is the lifeblood of everything I do, and I couldn’t risk not having it work. Luckily, it did work, consistently and well. And I love the little bits and pieces that Google keeps throwing at it. I like when it automatically offers to map an address for me in an incoming email, for example.

But several times over the last week, it has failed to load. Failure to load has occurred in the past, and leaves a lump in my throat. But the continual failures over the last week has led me to contemplate “the switch.” I’ve grown to very much enjoy the interface and the speed and the space. But if it isn’t reliable, I can’t use it.

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  1. Posted 2/25/2006 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    You might try the “firebug” extension and make sure the problem really is on Google’s end. I was getting quite a few “unable to complete operation” and issues where gmail would fail to load and then I discovered that it was actually a network issue at the ISP level (though everything seemed fine externally, including browsing, google search, etc), since resolved… gmail, like many AJAX apps, seems quite sensitive to network conditions but throws ambigous errors…

  2. Posted 2/26/2006 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Seriously. It is the ‘netpixies. They’re mutated sendmail daemons that became disassociated with their OS one day when an SCO employee… ah well, you remember the story.

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