Day: March 31, 2004

  • Google’s Gmail


    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 31 (Reuters) – Search engine Google Inc. said on Wednesday said it will begin testing a new search-based e-mail product called Gmail.

    ZDNet appears to have a little more information about Gmail.  It is currently in testing, and will allow users to search their email (of course) but will also provide a more generous amount of storage than competitors such as Yahoo or Hotmail.

    “The idea is that your mail can stay in there forever,” said Wayne Rosing, vice president of engineering at Google. “You can always index it, always search it, and always find things from the past.”

    That’s pretty cool.  Imagine your email sitting on a few dozen Google shards scattered throughout the world.

    Interesting note: the top search result for gmail (besides the google news stuff) is Gmail, the open source project.

  • Redundant Firewalls with OpenBSD

    Via Slashdot BSD, Ryan McBride explains the new redundancy features in OpenBSD 3.5.  The article explains why redundant firewalls are good, goes through a real world scenario, and gives examples of how to set up a redundant firewall system using OpenBSD 3.5.  The release of 3.5 is just around the corner.  Also check out the release song for 3.5 and hear why the invented a new protocol from scratch to accomplish redundancy.