11 Mar Gmail down for a few, but there are solutions
Some people have been unable to access their Gmail for about 18 hours, which should prompt anyone who uses a cloud-based service to make alternative arrangements
Gmail has had more problems with downtime, and a small number users have been unable to access their accounts since early Tuesday morning — when Google acknowledged “Temporary Error (502)”. In most cases, the problem was fixed within a few hours, but a later Google post said:
We expect to resolve the problem for the remainder of the affected users of Google Mail at March 11, 2009 6:30:00 AM UTC-7. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and may change.
The problem hit people with paid accounts as well as free users.
Server Error (502) seems to come up from time to time. To pick an example, Google made similar posts on 2 December, and searching Gmail Help for Temporary Error (502) gets 47 results.
However, it hardly inspires confidence in “cloud computing” if urgent emails can’t be accessed — as happened this time to one Gmail user we know, due to fly to the US today. For companies, the results could be financially damaging.
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