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04/05/2004 Archived Entry: "Gee! No... Gmail."
Posted by CKL @ 11:58 AM PST

"Much is being written about Gmail, Google's new free webmail system. There's something deeper to learn about Google from this product than the initial reaction to the product features, however... the story is about seemingly incremental features that are actually massively expensive for others to match, and the platform that Google is building which makes it cheaper and easier for them to develop and run web-scale applications than anyone else...

"Google is a company that has built a single very large, custom computer. It's running their own cluster operating system. They make their big computer even bigger and faster each month, while lowering the cost of CPU cycles. It's looking more like a general purpose platform than a cluster optimized for a single application."

-- from Rich Skrenta's blog

Of course, most users won't care about the magic computers that make Gmail possible. They just want to know what it looks like:

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Everything I'm reading indicates that the way gmail is structured will cause subtle, but important shifts in the way we approach and think about email, especially in an organizational sense. I love when something small and seemingly basic or minor eventually becomes revolutionary.

Posted by Win @ 04/30/2004 10:13 AM PST

I'm trolling for a gmail invite, and I found your site. So here's something interesting... Listerine is wine for the homeless and the lottery is a tax for people who are bad at math.

It would be nice to have one, I'll treat it nice. I won't beat it (much)... and I'll feed it grapes. I'll even peel some of the grapes. Wow, this turned into less interesting and more gay. So yeah...

Posted by murdoc jones @ 04/30/2004 11:09 AM PST

Also in search of a gmail invite ; )

Heres just something to make you smile:

Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said,
"Where did you get such a great bike?"
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding
my own business when a Beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and
said, "Take what you want."
The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes wouldn't have fit anyway."

Heh.... hope that qualifies. I'd be forever grateful for an invite.


Posted by Chris @ 04/30/2004 01:00 PM PST

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