11 Years with Gmail

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been using Gmail (Google Mail) for over a decade. Has it been that long already?

Gmail launched officially on April 1, 2004 (funny how it was April Fool’s Day…) and went into private Beta. For a time, this was the hottest thing that was circulating at the time and to get an invite was super-rare.

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Software Sucks

via Zeynep Tufekci:

But that is exactly why I’m a lot more worried. The big problem we face isn’t coordinated cyber-terrorism, it’s that software sucks. Software sucks for many reasons, all of which go deep, are entangled, and expensive to fix. (Or, everything is broken, eventually). This is a major headache, and a real worry as software eats more and more of the world.

The reality is that most software, but big and small, is stuck together with metaphorical duct tape. You can either be scared and anxious or excited about the immense possibility of innovation and advancement.

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