Monopoly and degeneration

Growl, grouch and grumble, it may remain something of it

French version : see my blog

I have been a great user of Gmail.

However, last months, I remarked that the quantity of memory consumed by this application has ehrrrr… increased.  Where it should be under 200 megas, it will slowly grow to 2 gigas – and then it becomes unusable. You have to quit your Gmail tab and restart a new.

Among these almost 5GB of memory, 1GB is consumed by Gmail


Of course trying to solve the issue is like facing a wall. The problem has been told to Google and yes, it has been told. That’s why the only issue is to grouch on one’s blog.

That’s the third time in my Information Technology experience, that I witness the glory of a monopoly, and some indices of its degeneration.

  • IBM, once upon a time, was the major path to information systems. One day it went bad. Suddenly people started to notice that other systems existed : better, more powerful and cheaper (at the time, VMS and Unix ).
  • Microsoft. One day you could remark that any sensible person in web development hated Internet Explorer, which seemed to be built to break the compatibility of Web sites. There remains something of this.
    Couldn’t understand why Windows 8 was built to be uneasy to use. And what about Windows 10 and its 3 GO automatic updates. “Please wait, don’t stop your PC, I am busy consuming all the Internet bandwidth with useless updates”
  • Google : this degeneration of Gmail may be one of the first signs. We’ll see.

Hopefully… WordPress is not a monopoly. There are plentiful of other web editing solutions. Recently I discovered Jimdo, which is more WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) do you know it ? It is built in Hamburg.

Well, wait a minute : I just gave a look to WordPress memory consumption. It seems a bit huge too. To be continued…

About Gmail :  I promise that if the problem is solved, I will recognize it, apologize about, and stop grumbling.





2 thoughts on “Monopoly and degeneration

    1. Hi Gilles, if you rely on Gmail you rely on Google ; and if you use a PC and don’t use Google Chrome, then you must use Internet Explorer, a software from Microsoft.
      By the way, the problem I had with Gmail has been solved, I told that in the next blog post : it was because of a Chrome add-on, named “I don’t care about cookies”.
      … About IT I love it for its roots (among which the subtle art of programming) , and I sometimes feel bored by its infinite refinements of complexity, compatibility problems and so on.

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