They're at it again! Early Christmas all week, but especially for the remaining 15 hours. :)
Did you know there's an alternative world out there, enclosed within this digital realm, a parallel planet in which corporations and organizations buy plots of land and design them to their liking, and either have public or private gatherings where everyone can commute and communicate in their digital form?
I signed up for an account there, for some social media course a few years back, and it's pretty crazy how big this world has become. The first snapshot is just a small portion of a more densely populated part of the world, the second one a close-up on some random area. And that's just the terrain, zoom in more and you can see huge architectural complexes representing real-world counterparts, thousands of conference halls (if not tens or hundreds), vast landscapes that don't actually exist just so people can bridge distances and meet up online in as homely areas as possible.
When this thing first started out, it was a huge phenomena, but thanks to more fluent social communities and multi-user chat clients the need for a full-fledged alternative life seems to have decreased a bit. Or maybe it's just the MMORPGs taking over. I don't know about you, but I'd rather meet real people in the real world, not make the net as real a fraction of reality as possible. This is dreamland to me, a place where everything is possible, a dimension where people can transcend their human form and become whatever they want; do whatever they want; not even exist and still roll around the world on a sofa. Amazing place.
Here's a screenshot from some form field field I found somewhere. The field reads 'leave blank', the comment below it: 'fill in this field'. :/
I was locked out of my account again this morning, this time for just writing a regular text-based e-mail. I should've waited until two, now it looks like it might take a while...
Why should I have waited? Well because I've been sending over a bunch of photos, roughly 400MB worth of images per day for a few days, and unless I don't wait 24 hours between each batch... this happens.
The limitations seem rather static. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with actively overloading Gmail's servers, there's simply a hidden limitation on how much you can send in a certain day, limited to what seems to be a certain total amount of storage rather than a certain amount of files. I thought I'd learned the limitations a while back, but some days my account ends up locked anyway, so it's probably a little less than what I was assuming (I was assuming 500MB). A bit annoying, but tolerable if you stick to a less-than-20x25MB-email-per-day rule. So I exceeded this limit yesterday, and this morning when I attempted to respond to a regular text-based email (without attachments)... my account was locked for... the fifth time in two weeks? :/
This turned out to be more of a rant than I planned! I was initially going to figure out exactly how much you can send before an account is locked, but that seems like unnecessary hassle. To sum things up: don't send more than 400MB worth of attachments/day if you're using Gmail and there should be no problem. For most people, that's probably a limit they won't ever notice.
I wonder if upgraded plans have any such limitations...