[linux-elitists] 1 Gb e-mail mailboxes?

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Mon Apr 5 10:03:43 PDT 2004

begin Eugen Leitl quotation of Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 06:19:00PM +0200:
> On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 06:11:50PM +0200, wuonm wrote:
> > Hi,
> > for all e-mail admins out there...how can Google offer such huge inbox size and still pretend to earn some money? 
> http://blog.topix.net/archives/000016.html

That URL is right about Google operations.  One of
the biggest trade secrets Google has today is their
reliability stats on PC-architecture hardware.
How much would _you_  (get your employer to) pay for
Google's report on drive failures by brand and model?

But how can you afford to give users 1GB
mailboxes...well, web-based email services are just
big spam antennas.  You can run the service at a loss
-- the real value is in charging for the right to
query the tremendous real-time IP address shitlist it
gives you.  Starting a web-based email service today
is a bet on the intractability of the spam problem.

Don Marti
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