2015
08.11

If you’re a pro user of Gmail, then the 15 GB of space you have tends to fill up quite fast! Now that that space is also shared with Google Drive and Google+ Photos too, even light users are destined to run out of space at some point.

So what can you do to free up some space?

To start with, you can delete any multimedia files that came long ago as attachments, by simply searching for filename: mp3 or filename: mov. Or, to find all types of files, open the drop down menu and select the “has attachment” option. Since Gmail allows for a maximum of 25MB attachments, this can contribute to a major part of cleaning up your account.

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Next, you could delete any ancient emails that haven’t seen the light of day for years; literally! Enter older_than:2y into the search bar to find all emails older than two years. Select them all, then hit the delete button. Bam: more free storage space.

If you want to delete all emails larger than a specific size, then there is a query for that too: enter larger:5m in to the search bar to find all emails larger than 5 MB. Of course, you can also always use multiple query’s to search for more specific emails: For example, larger:5m older_than:6m will list the emails that are larger than 5 MB and older than 6 months.

Finally, if you simply cannot delete any of your emails, you can always save a local copy of your emails on your computer, by switching on POP or IMAP through the settings page, and routing your emails into your desktop program of choice, and saving or exporting them as required.

Hopefully, by now you should have free up vast amounts of space in Gmail, and should be good to go!

2015
08.07

Only 2 million out of Sri Lanka’s 22 million people have an Internet connection. That’s less than 10 percent.

With the internet of things catching on fast in western world, it’s certain that we are headed towards a life that is more connected than ever. Yet, those 20 million people remain in the dark, their lives cut off from the vast networks whizzing around them. Google plans to change that.

With its latest project, code-named Google Loon Sri Lanka, Google plans to send vast, translucent balloons reminisce of the barrage balloons that protected London during WW2, fitted out with solar panels and gear that will enable them to bring Internet service to remote areas with no Wi-fi access. And it’s pioneering this feat of engineering in Sri Lanka.

Yet there remains a lot of controversy and uncertainty about the Google Loon Sri Lanka project: Namely, will it be free? If so, does it mean everyone gets free Wi-fi? What about existing ISPs?

The technology behind these oversized balloons is simple. An LTE Internet connection is beamed up to the nearest balloons, which will transmit it to the next. Together, they create a mesh network, each transmitting data to another until it reaches a base station in rural towns and villages, where the connection will be handed over to the local ISP, who will then distribute it to the villages from there.

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Essentially, Google Loon Sri Lanka is eliminating the need for expensive cabling, and is actually handing over the final connection to local ISPs (Who will charge a fee, of course.), meaning that the existing users of the ISP won’t be able to connect to the system and use it for free.

It is interesting to see how Google Loon Sri Lanka project goes, if only for the fact that in time this method may also be used for cell phone networks, and whether it will just fade away like the majority of Google’s unusual projects.