A couple weeks ago I noticed that my gmail account had just surpassed the 3 gig mark. I made a mental note of it, but wasn’t too excited or anything. Yesterday, or perhaps the day before, it passed 4 gigs. It is right now at 4.3 gigs. So obviously the pace has picked up a bit recently.
A little websearch reveals a few recent news articles. Apparently hotmail offers 5gigs, and I suspect we’ll reach that by the end of this week. Whether it will slow down, or continue, I don’t know. Viewing the source of the Gmail login page seems to suggest, if I understand the code right, that it might be headed to 43 gigs which seems somewhat extreme, making me question whether or not I am reading the code right.
I’m beginning to think saving a few important documents as attachments in drafts (photos, writing) might be a good backup technique. Of course, not the only backup, but still a good secondary one.
Here’s the code directly from the sign in page:
// Estimates of nanite storage generation over time.
var CP = [
[ 1175414400000, 2835 ],
[ 1192176000000, 2912 ],
[ 1193122800000, 4321 ],
[ 1199433600000, 6283 ],
[ 2147328000000, 43008 ],
[ 46893711600000, Number.MAX_VALUE ]
You’ll note we are currently around the 4321 mark, so that is why I am assuming we are headed towards the 43008 mark, but I’m not sure how long it will take to get there as I have no clue what the numbers in the left part of the array mean, or if they are relevant. Then of course, there’s the question of what the max_value is.
Update on the Update
Found somewhere the following explanation and decoding:
The above numbers are timestamps in Epoch format. So on conversion the entries indicates that the storage would be
1. 2912MB by October 11, 2007
2. 4.2 GB by 23rd of this month(October)
3. 6GB by Jan 4th 2008
4. 42GB by the year of 2038
So, yeah, it will reach that high…but it will take 30 years. In the short term, 6 gigs by January.