Ouch. GMail is down, giving 502 server errors to users around the world. It’s somewhat reassuring to log onto Twitter and find lots of friends griping about it as well.
As much as I’d like to rant about Google’s incompetence and the neccesity of perpetually accessible email… I’ve run email servers before, and I have absolutely no interest in running one again. Yes, it makes me vaguely uneasy that my email’s on a large corporation’s servers. But I’m far less nervous than if I were still running mail on my own box, trying to filter out spam, block DDOS attacks, etc.
Oddly, I’ve only received four messages in the past 90 minutes, which is roughly the time I’ve not been able to access GMail. It makes me wonder just how many of the people I regularly correspond with are also using GMail… (All of Global Voices, for instance.)