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Phil [PersonRank 0]

Wednesday, August 11, 2004
18 years ago

I'm kinda amazed at the reaction some people seem to have had to the temporary alternative utilities downtime caused by a change at Gmail.

As a developer I noticed the problem a couple of days ago and fixed it for libgmail in a short time. I mean, you expect these things when you're using unofficial means of doing things.

For people to start assuming that Google was suddenly evil and whatever was pretty rich, I thought.

For those interested in what actually changed:

One of the main cookies used (named "GV") was perviously set by a piece of Javascript but is now set from the server via a page redirect with a URL parameter named "_sgh". (Any ideas on what it stands for?)


Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Completely agreed this wasn't by far "evil".

Dave Metzener [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

I agree with Philipp. It's ridiculous to complain about changes made to Gmail when the product is still Beta! Of course there are going to be changes. I personally expect them. It's part of the Beta process.

To expect "unofficial" api's to work the same throughout the course of the Beta program is also ridiculous.

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