Once again, RSS brings me good things in the morning! Todays feed included an article mentioning that Google’s Gmail has increased allowable attachment size from 10MB to 20MB. On the Gmail help site it is officially stated as:

With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 20 megabytes (MB) in size. However, the precise amount allowable will depend on the attachment.

Many readers have probably noticed the “the precise amount allowable will depend on the attachment” and are not quite sure what that means. For this reason I quickly jumped into Google Groups in search of an answer. This is the one I found and it makes a lot of sense:

When you add an attachment, the size of a file may increase because
transport encodings are automatically added. (Transport encodings are
the information that allows your message to be safely sent and read.)

The 10MB increase is very welcomed, but I will take th greedy route and say I wished it was increased to around 50MB. I have been treating Gmail as a safe storage place for many of my documents just in case of disaster (that is to my computer, my backup DVDs and my portable hard drive all at once). Hopefully Google is noticing this trend with users and will eventually offer a Google Storage allowing users a simple interface to upload any sized file with a maximum storage capacity of that remaining with the Google account (I would gladly pay monthly for 10GB in Google Storage). Think about it Google!

Embracing the Google,


I have a sneaky suspicion most of you have noticed a little orange logo in the address bar when you visit certain websites. Go ahead, look. Not sure where to look? Here you go:

RSS Firefox

Have you ever clicked on the logo? Go ahead, click. Whoa, eh? Takes all of the articles from a website and organizes them into a nice format.

RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. The purpose of using RSS is so that users can aggregate their favourite article/post-based sites. There are many different pieces of software and login-based websites to combine all of the “feeds”. I have not tried many of these and ever since trying Google Reader I doubt I will ever consider any others.

Google Reader

There really is not much to using RSS. If you are looking for a reader, I highly recommend Google Reader as you can access your feeds wherever you go.

The purpose of this article was to introduce the basic goal of RSS. I hope that those of you who have never tried this will test it out. As always, if you have any questions please email me at !