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GMail good at counting?

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Just another issue concerning the wonders of GMail… I’ve been using it for a while now, and astonishingly it claims that I’m already using almost ten per cent of my mailbox capacity. That’s for less than 3000 messages (or less than 4000 including the spam). Just compare this to how Mail handles things: All my e-mail from over a decade, apparently more than 40000 messages (some mailing list stuff in there, I suppose) weighing in at less than 400MB. And keeping in mind that around 20 to 25% of that seem to be index files or so for Mail rather than actual data, the number may be a little smaller.

So my question is what the ‘1GB’ claim of Google actually means. Currently it looks like I should be able to fill it within two years’ time which isn’t exactly long term.

And while I’m at the topic of mail, here comes a question for the Apple Mail experts: What’s the ‘mbox.SKIndex’ file in the mailbox’s bundle good for? Mine seem to not have been touched since the X.3 upgrade. Just a waste of disk space?

January 24, 2005, 1:37

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Comment by Anonymous: User icon

I guess your dream came true wit hthe new google gmail count

May 5, 2005, 16:20

Comment by zach: User icon

Well… that’s interesting.

I hope you’ve a way to delete comments.

Regardless, I recently got a gmail account, so I haven’t had the time to fill it.

However, I’m interested in this supposed filling of your space so quickly.

It could be that excess things go along with each message, the tags/stars and such, that isn’t associated with your other mail account.

Though that shouldn’t be such a big deal.

Not sure. Interesting, though.

And by the way, didn’t you have to approve the last comment?

“Please note that I’ll have to approve your comment before it definitely appears on the site. I will not approve any commercial or otherwise meaningless comments.”

Or did you?

July 17, 2005, 4:49

Comment by Shashi: User icon

I am using gmail from past 3 months. It’s good. I converted all my mails to gmail. It’s really cool to use. The folder set up is nice.

February 7, 2006, 0:38

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