A blog by iFaqeer
about life, technology and getting by in Silicon Valley

My Mailbox is Bigger Than Yours  

Used to be a time when one's work e-mail address was often the primary address you had. One of the main reasons was that Hotmail's 1 MB and even Yahoo's 5/6 MB just couldn't be where you could hang your hat and receive brickbats and bouquets (especially if they were high resolution pictures of bouquets). Of course, some people also felt that having the words "Hotmail" or "Yahoo" in your address didn't sound too "professional", either. But over the last few years, that reason has faded, both because the pervasiveness of Hotmail and Yahoo Mail made it a moot issue, and because those that still had a hang-up about it started using other services like PoBox.com or domain forwarding services like the one that gives you the choice of becoming you@yourprofession.com and so on. Which brought us back to the size limitation as the main reason.

And then it hit me yesterday; with the Gmail-initiated increase in mail quota by almost every online mail provider, we are not at the point where, in a lot of cases, the online services are providing you with a larger mailbox than your employer!

Not My Problem  

The Silicon Valley zeitgeist can throw up some interesting bumper stickers. There was:
You're not a millionaire till you've sold the stockā€”and paid your taxes.
And who can forget the ad for a brokerage that went:
Last year, you were 29 and a millionare. This year, you're 30.
And now I read about the:
Your failed business model is not my problem. T-shirts.
(Available from: http://www.cafepress.com/crankyproducts. Thanks to the daily Good Morning Silicon Valley update for pointing it out.
I would really like to give honorable mention to a couple of stickers I saw within the span of the same day that said about the same thing:
My dog is smarter than your honor student.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Google, Yahoogle!  

Keeps getting better! First, Google announced sattelite imagery on its maps site:

http://maps.google.com (look for the "sattelite" link in the top righthand corner)

and now someone forwarded this:


PS: I don't like setting links to open in new windows. But if, like every wise person today--even my wife--you're using Firefox, you can right-click the links and open them in a new tab.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Stomp on a Website  

Interesting little service that let's you have at any site you hate...or love to hate...