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It has been 8 years when Gmail was first launched on April 1, 2004. And if you are an aggressive Gmail user like me, if must have already seen or soon see the screen shot as shown below:

Gmail out of space Screen Shot

Now the options left to us is either to buy additional space by paying google (which I bet most of us won’t like to do) or get rid of big sized mails. But going by individual mails to erase them is not only time consuming but also not practically feasible.

FindBigMail is a service just launched to rescue for the same. All you need to do is enter your Gmail login credentials to the site and leave on the site to do the rest. After scanning the mails, the site categorizes the big mails under the following labels:

“FindBigMail – Top”
“FindBigMail > 10mb” messages are larger than 10,000,000 bytes.
“FindBigMail > 5mb” messages are between 5,000,000 and 10,000,000 bytes.
“FindBigMail > 1mb” messages are between 1,000,000 and 5,000,000 bytes.

Once you know which mails are taking maximum spaces in your inbox, you can download the attachment from these mails (if you need them) and delete them.
Make sure after deleting these mails, you go to the “Thrash” folder and delete them for ever to immediately free the space from your mail box.

Here is a snapshot of the scan results:

Find Big Mail Scan Results

Source: Infographics

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LONDON: An author has claimed that Google is damaging the brain of its users by providing information almost instantly, leading people to lose their intellectual capacity to store information.

Nicolas Carr, The author of ‘The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains’, claimed that the web was depriving our mental faculties of the regular workouts they need.

Carr, who is behind the ‘Rough Type’ blog, argued that to improve concentration sites such as Google should be made more difficult to use, a theory which contradicts software designers who compete to make their programmes simpler.

The comments came not long after Google launched Google Instant, which delivers search results before you finish typing.

“In many ways I admire Google, but I think they have a narrow view of the way we should be using our minds,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling the BBC News.

“They have this… view that everything’s about how efficiently you can find that particular bit of information you need – and then move on to the next,” he added.

The author singled out Google Books for criticism saying it did not “engage” people “in a long narrative”.

Carr added that satellite-navigation meant people would begin to easily forget routes they had taken before.

He said that GPS devices would diminish the part of the brain that stores mental images of space.

Source

Important notice: Google Apps browser support

Dear Google Apps admin,

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The Google Apps team

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