As I mentioned earlier, Gmail is gradually increasing the storage space allocated to users. As of this morning, I’m at 3608 MB (see updates below):
A little over a week ago I’d used 59% of my Gmail storage space; this morning I’m down to 49%. Way cool, given how I rely on Gmail + GTDinbox for task management. It’ll be interesting to see how much space Google ends up adding to these free accounts.
Interestingly, Google doesn’t seem to be ramping this space up evenly for all Gmail accounts. Contentious reader David DeJean commented yesterday that he currently has 3660 MB of Gmail space — slightly more than what I’m seeing at the moment. Those difference may just be artifacts of the rollout process, so they may even out over time.
How much space do you have on your Gmail account today? Please comment below. I’ll keep updating this post as I see changes in my account storage.
Updates: (All times in U.S. Mountain time zone)
– 10:04 am: 3622 MB
– 11:36 am: 3731MB
– 10:00 am: 3860 MB
– 11:30 am: 3988 MB
– 2:00 pm: 4001 MB
– 5:00 pm: 4014 MB
– 12:00 pm: 4118 MB
– 10:00 pm: 4129 MB
– 11:50 am: 4245 MB
– 12:00 pm: 4332 MB
– 12:00 pm: 4359 MB
– 12:15 pm: 4386 MB (40% used)
More updates in this followup post.
|This OpenCongress widget shows what’s happening with the proposed federal shield law.
(NOTE: I’ve cross-posted this from Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits.)
Today the U.S. Congress is slated to act on H.R. 2102, a proposed federal “shield law” which would give journalists the right to refuse to testify about (or turn over to the government) information collected through the newsgathering process, or about the sources who supplied that information.
Not surprisingly, the White House has vowed to veto it, citing a fear of increased leaks. Here’s the full statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which has been circulated to reporters but not yet posted on OMB’s site.
If you want to follow the action on this bill, OpenCongress is a great resource. In addition to its main page on H.R. 2102, OpenCongress also offers feeds for status updates, news coverage, and blog coverage of this bill. And, of course, you can generate a widget for your site that shows the current status (see right).
What I found striking about this bill is that the version introduced in the House on May 2 defined the people the shield law would protect as those “engaged in journalism and includes a supervisor, employer, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of such covered person.”
This language, which is identical to the Senate version of the bill (S. 1267), would seem to cover people acting independently of news organizations — including freelancers, student journalists, citizen journalists, and bloggers who perform acts of citizen journalism.
However, something happened in committee. The version reported in the House (which I believe is what Congress is considering today) has changed that definition in a small but crucial way that I think is a dealbreaker.
Here’s what it says now…
|More and more available space in my Gmail account today, yay!
Aha, I thought Gmail was getting roomier!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve noticed over the past few days that the % of space used on my Gmail account has been steadily dropping. A week ago I was at 59% (of just under 3000 MB). Yesterday I was at 54% of 3224 MB. And right now I’m at 52% of 3351 MB.
So I checked Google’s official Gmail blog, and found an Oct. 12 announcement: More Gmail storage coming for all. Gmail engineer
Well, as much as I rely on Gmail for managing my life and work, that’s good news for me. (And yes, I do back up all my Gmail to a hard drive, via Gmail’s POP access.)
How much space do you have on Gmail right now? I’m wondering if they’re varying available space by user, or if we all get the same deal. Comment below and tell me what you’re seeing.
(See Oct. 18 update…)
|Ian Ransley, via Flickr (CC license)
|Do you treat online media like a spectator sport, or do you really have skin in this game?
Recently, my Poynter colleague Roy Peter Clark caused a stir with his article Your Duty To Read the Paper. There, he wrote:
“I pose this challenge to you: It is your duty as a journalist and a citizen to read the newspaper — emphasis on paper, not pixels.
“…And here’s why: There is one overriding question about the future of journalism that no one can yet answer: How will we pay for it? …Until we create some new business models in support of the journalism profession, we’ve got to support what we have.
“…I have no proof, but a strong feeling, that even journalists, especially young ones working at newspapers, don’t read the paper. That feels wrong to me — and self-defeating. So join me, even you young whipper-snappers. Read the paper. Hold it in your hand. Take it to the john. Just read it.”
Oh yeah, that piece drew a lot of criticism. It’s also generated useful discussion, in the 83 (and counting) comments to that post and elsewhere.
This may surprise my regular readers, but I don’t think Clark is entirely wrong. Part of what he’s saying is that if you’re in the media business, eating your own dog food is crucial context. I’d add that you should not just eat one flavor, but the whole damn menu.
Here’s my take: If you work for a media organization that publishes a print product, you should indeed read the print edition regularly. You should also read the online edition regularly — including the comments and forums (if any), and explore the multimedia and interactive offerings.
But don’t stop there…
|I absolutely adore this productivity tool. My stress level is way down, and I’m getting more done.
Now that I’ve been using it for a few months, I have to say that GTDinbox (a Firefox plugin that adds functionality for David Allen’s Getting Things Done productivity system to Gmail) has totally rocked my world. It’s definitely improved my productivity and reduced my stress level.
Admittedly, GTD has become a bit of a cult. It’s a benign cult, but some practitioners are absolutely rabid about it, or purists. That’s not me.
Right now, organizing my life and work via e-mail (actually Gmail) is a big enough step forward for me. I’m learning how to use this powerful tool well first before moving on to other aspects of the system.
Consequently, I’ve started tweaking GTDinbox so that it works with the way I think and the way my life goes. As I discovered at two tools-related workshops I gave in DC last weekend, a lot of people are interested in this particular tool.
Here’s a little video of how I use GTDinbox.
And here are the tweaks I’ve made that are helpful for me, and why I did them. They might not be right for all GTDinbox users, but consider them food for thought… Continue reading