Depending on Gmail

I made the switch to Gmail nearly two years ago. I’d look it up and tell you the exact date, but I can’t because I can’t access my Gmail account. All day long, the same message:

We’re currently performing some unexpected maintenance on your account. While we can’t predict exactly how long it will take, we’re working as quickly as we can to restore access to your email–apologies for the inconvenience.

I apparently am not alone.

The Googlemailbot, in response to an inquiry, helpfully added:

Your Gmail account has been disabled due to a technical issue. Our engineers are working diligently to find a solution so that you can regain access to your account.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your patience during our limited test of Gmail. (emphasis added)

I know, I know, it’s “beta”. It’s free. What do I expect? It is what it is. Sucks nonetheless.

The thing is, Google made mail work so well for me that it’s become indispensable. All the mail from my work (abqjournal) and home (inkstain) ends up in the same bucket, searchable forever. It’s a weird feeling, like part of my brain is missing or something.


  1. All of my mail ends up in one bucket — Thunderbird — AND on my hard drive, searchable forever. FWIW. peace, mjh

  2. MJH – Is Thunderbird’s search functionality pretty good? And how would that solution work for someone like me who has two computers (one at home, one at the office) with which I often deal with the same stuff, and therefore with which I’d like to access the same searchable archive of mail?

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