Google, I’m Sorry! Gmail Doesn’t Need More Storage!

Unbelievable. Earlier today I posted that Google’s Gmail service needed more storage, and at 9am today I was locked out of my own Gmail account for (up to) 24 hours with the following (offensive — “sector 4”? grow up!) error message:


To be somewhat serious, I know that the two events likely didn’t have anything to do with one another. Nevertheless, pre-emptively shutting down email access is unprofessional and just plain wrong.

What’s better? How about asking/warning me first via the other contact email address they have for me? Yeesh.


  1. It was just a matter of time before Google caught on to the secret spam network you run out of your Gmail account, Paul.

  2. This happened to me once, presumably because I use gmail’s POP interface. I was likewise annoyed, and the incident crystallized for me just how bad Google’s outbound messaging is. Lockdown in Sector 4? I never need this kind of cutesy-pie humor, and particularly not when you’re telling me I can’t access my email, which is pretty much like cutting off my oxygen.

  3. happened to me when i was using FireFox greasemonkey extension with a couple of scripts that use to operate on gmail. Have never had the problem after i stopped running greasemonkey scripts for gmail.