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Old 09-18-08, 11:29 AM   #1
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Question for IT people re: Gmail

Does it suck a lot of bandwidth to keep Gmail open while Im working?

What about if I use Gmails secure server at http://mail.google.com

If management is complaining about personal email is this the reason?
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Old 09-18-08, 11:33 AM   #2
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The application is not the problem, usually with personal email it is all the attachments and fowards to hoards of addresses. People sending chain email, jokes, large and multiple photos etc.
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Old 09-18-08, 11:35 AM   #3
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Yeah im not sure im the problem since I only leave gmail open.

Is there a way to have gmail check for new mail on comand instead of refreshing itself?
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Old 09-18-08, 11:37 AM   #4
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Do you use firefox? If so, check out Gmail Notifier. It runs on your status bar and you can tell it how frequently to ping for new emails. No sense leaving it open if you have that.
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Old 09-18-08, 11:42 AM   #5
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You can also use Outlook Express or Thunderbird with Gmail, if your work lets you.
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Old 09-18-08, 11:44 AM   #6
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Cool I'll look into it

I get notifications from lots of web communities that I like to be aware of but usually these are text only and I just need to see the subject line.
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Old 09-18-08, 01:15 PM   #7
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the traffic of refreshing is minimal
thats not the problem

it doesnt matter if there is 2 messages or 10k messages in your gmail account.. your traffic is just it refreshing the list

as long as you arent opening alot of large attachments from your email
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Old 09-18-08, 03:10 PM   #8
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It does not suck a lot of bandwidth but if your company has a Internet usuage software program like WebSense your internet usuage goes up a lot, it is like your are surfing all of the day.


I have had to check out employees internet usuage statistics because of this very issue and report back to their supervisor.
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Old 09-18-08, 03:32 PM   #9
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thats why its confusing--I access the internet for 70% of my job (FTP, art files, stock photography, client information etc). Of course when you use the net that much, you feel free to browse dvdtalk etc. But the one thing the manager is griping about is personal email usage?? Not me specifically so perhaps a coworker is emailing something huge all the time.
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Old 09-18-08, 08:30 PM   #10
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The application is not the problem, usually with personal email it is all the attachments and fowards to hoards of addresses. People sending chain email, jokes, large and multiple photos etc.
and potentially sending confidential information without the company being able to track it
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Old 09-19-08, 09:59 AM   #11
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The application is not the problem, usually with personal email it is all the attachments and fowards to hoards of addresses. People sending chain email, jokes, large and multiple photos etc.
and malicious code that can go who knows what to the network and the systems connected to it.

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and potentially sending confidential information without the company being able to track it
yep, and this too.

There are many serious reasons for companies to now allow personal email traffic. They are legit.
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