July 15th, 2005

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Can't see what the appeal is

green_knight is unhappy with Gmail

My gripe with Gmail is that it won't accept zip files that contain subfolders. At least I think that's what the problem is. I tried informing them of the problem, but just got a reply saying:

Please note that a file can be executable even if it does not have '.exe'as an extension. As a security measure to prevent the spread of potential viruses, Gmail users cannot send or receive executable files.

Gmail does not accept executable files, even if they are sent in a zipped format. If someone tries to send this type of message to your Gmail account, the message will be bounced back to the sender.

The thing was I was the sender so I knew exactly what was in the zip file and there were no executable files in there at all. They were Word docs and Excel spreadsheets and gifs and jpegs.

As I mainly use my web based email accounts for either a) sending and receiving practice messages from students or b) shipping students' test files from place to place, gmail is useless because it won't do b. I don't send 1 or 2 large files; I need to be able to send multiple folders containing a bunch of different files. Otherwise making a separate zip for each student is really time consuming and tedious when I can just drag the folders into WinZip and have everything bundled up together.

For me, the final straw was the close to the message which said:

We hope you enjoy Google's approach to email.

Well, no, I really don't, thank you very much. Yahool web mail does exactl what I need and has no problem with my zip files, thus I have never bothered to use my Gmail account and can't quite see why people seem so taken with it.
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