More on GMail

I decided to switch some mailing list subscriptions I have over to my Gmail account. The interface is great for reading a mailing list. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, but GMail threads messages in a way that just makes sense - something I've never gotten Outlook to do. Finding messages is easy, and Gmail strips out quoted replies so you need not read the same message 400 times to read a one-line reply.

On the downside, I'm still not too sure of its spam-filtering capabilities. It seems to miss a lot, although I haven't had too many false positives. One area of concern though is disk space: just like any other mail system, you need to root through the spam "folder" periodically and clear it out. I'm not sure if this is done automatically on Gmail after a certain period of time, but I did find that spam messages do count against your 1gb storage. This might not be too big of a deal, but in the past 48 hours I got about 6 megs of spam (!) That will fill up my quota in about a year, assuming the amount of spam per day remains static. I'm hoping Google comes up with a quick way of checking the spam folder, right now there are a few too many mouse clicks to do it quickly.