May 16, 2006

I'm catching up with Gmail…

My gmail account has just clicked over the 1GB mark, and I'm at 37% of the 2624MB currently allowed. I used to be down at 20–odd%, so my account is growing faster than google's disk farm:–) 1GB sounded quite a lot when gmail first started.

And this is without cheating and using it for general file storage. It is all genuine email. I've just used it as Google suggest, never deleting anything (except spam).

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  1. Paul Strapps

    I'm currently using only 6% of mine but over the past few weeks I have noticed GMail slowing down a little bit, this could be due to the number of people using it now but I wondered if it was caused by the number of emails I have (which is a lot less than you!!)

    18 May 2006, 08:47

  2. Steve Rumsby

    I find gmail is mostly its usual snappy self, but has occasional bouts of slowness. I think google's technical architecture means that dealing with a "mere" 1GB of email isn't a major problem. Searching is still orders of magnitude faster than searching in any other email client I've ever used. I've not paid that much attention to when exactly gmail feels slow, but my gut feeling is that it starts in the afternoon when the US is waking up. It certainly feels OK in the mornings our time, as far as I remember…

    18 May 2006, 09:11

  3. Paul Strapps

    Interestingly I closed down my browser (firefox) this morning to see if this made a difference (I must admit my browser only gets closed down about once a week and GMail is always running) and when I rebooted GMail was OK again – so maybe it's my browser that's the problem and not GMail.

    Note to self: shut down Firefox every day!!

    18 May 2006, 12:17

  4. Steve Rumsby

    Yes, firefox does that. You might find this interesting: link. It is a config setting that causes Windows to reclaim unused memory from Firefox when it is minimised. Of course, there's a bit of a performance hit because FF has to get the memory back again when it needs more, rather than simply using what it has. My experience, though, is that overall it is a bit of an improvement.

    18 May 2006, 12:41

  5. Paul Strapps

    Steve – thanks for this link – before I made the config change Firefox was using approx 134Mb now when I minimise it drops to around 6Mb! Which clearly makes a big difference to it's performance.

    I guess this means i'll have to be more productive now…...

    18 May 2006, 15:27

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    18 May 2006, 15:37

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