For about a week gmail has been driving me insane with it’s speed- it is so slow it is beyond belief (the opening, deletion etc- not receiving). It has got to the stage I am routing it through OE and that is working fine.
Is this only happening in my part of Australia or has someone else had this happen?
I’ve noticed that sometimes it goes through slow phases too, but for a service of its scale and popularity, I’m amazed it functions as well as it does.
That said, sometimes excuses just aren’t good enough.
Enter Gmail Mobile:
Use the address https://mail.google.com/mail/x/ instead of the normal one and you get a MUCH faster interface designed for mobile devices, but still perfectly usable on a computer. You might miss the fancy schmancy AJAX effects of regular Gmail, but when you’re in a hurry, it does wonders.
In Opera, it frequently slows to a crawl or even hangs during the “loading” progress bar stage. And when it hangs, it hangs. Can’t refresh, re-login or anything. I have to go into using-plain-html-for-slow-connections but that is barely usable.
Google has a long way to go to learn how to make things simple and fire-proof. (Which seems like they should know already.)
UK. I keep getting “Server not available errors” when trying to log in at the website. I also open most of my mail through Thunderbird. At least once a day, it logs me out and says cannot authenticate. It also takes ages to open messages sometimes.
I had that problem for a while. Sometimes all it needs is for you to clear your browsers history, cache, and cookies. Not sure why this works, but it usually does. Also, you can get to the mail through iGoogle usually when this is happening if you need another alternative.
The Google home page is of course iconic in terms of the right way of doing things. (Which is of course the intent of my aside.) But a lot of other stuff is crap city. Have you actually used Google maps? Hangs, goes weird, keeps forgetting the address, and on and on. Also requires an advanced browser with all features turned on. This is why the phrase “form over function” was invented.
When Google tells you that your browser (only a couple years old) isn’t supported, then there is something horribly wrong at Google.
You have major problems that are yours alone. I use google maps at work, at home and yesterday on a cafe PC and have no problems ever. We routinely spend hours a week at maps.google.com.au doing investigative work and it is like walking down the street in real life.