Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Gmail thoughts

I have been testing Gmail, for the last coupla weeks, and generally like it. Labels are a bit different, but more powerful than folders are.

Gmail has an interesting advantage over other mail systems; namely, it permits different parties to read and send mail to each other without having to worry about their plain text communications happening over the net. I know there are any number of ways to do this, but I thought it was worth pointing out Google's https:// interface.

Simply log in using https and compose and send your mail. Other user does the same. Nothing travels plaintext over the greater Internet! Simple and sweet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, that's an original idea. But doesn't it only work if the recipient is also on Gmail? Otherwise, it seems HTTPS just protects your keystrokes while connected to Gmail, with the message being sent to the final domain in clear text. True?


July 10, 2004 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally true. Both parties need to use gmail for their to be any benefit.

Still, this has implications with regard to server based computing.

Open Source appears to be really good at building things. We can get all the bits to play with, or make use of others work as we see with gmail.

I am willing to bet there is going to be a big shakedown in the software industry very soon. The core value proposition of locally installed software is going to drop like a rock once these services scale downward. It might almost be a bit like the modeling thing was for CAD.

It's simply scary how much I can do over a net connection. Running my own stuff is almost getting to be a pain in the arse, but for hobby tech reasons.


July 10, 2004 8:10 PM  

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