GMail Bug! Buggers!!

Noticed a very interesting bug in GMAIL.

Lets say my email id is amitdas@gmail.com

Now the bug – If I send a mail to amitdas@gmail.com, it reaches me… if I send it to amit.das@gmail.com it reaches me, if I send it to amitd.as@gmail.com or ami.tdas@gmail.com it still reaches me!

Hmm… problem with that?  Well.. I don’t own amit.das@gmail.com, or amitd.as@gmail.com, for instance. So, my guess is that whoever owns that particular id would be receiving my mails. And I say that there have been a few mails that I end up being the unintended receipient of! Poor kid! Thats 1.7GB worth of mails in his mailbox! And a lot of crap that I am sure he doesn’t want to use! For me, it could be compromising my personal information! Woooo! I am scared!!

Anyways – the next thing I do is try and check if other email ids (a.mitdas etc) are available. Thankfully, they are not!  It could mean that I am worrying unnecessarily. amitdas being taken my imply amit.das is also taken. BUT, it could also mean that someone figured it out before me, and is misusing this bug! or securing himself! Eitherways, the truth is out there!

Here is the response from Google Team, when I reported the bug (look at the list of most relevant questions in response to the reported bug! hmph!) –

Re: [#138335018] Bug with email ids (amit.das is the same as amitdas)   

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I WANT TO CHANGE MY USERNAME
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=8158

WHERE IS THE LINK TO INVITE FRIENDS TO JOIN GMAIL?
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=7403

I WANT MORE INVITATIONS
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=7403

I CAN’T OPEN THE ‘INVITE A FRIEND TO JOIN GMAIL!’ LINK
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=8774

I SENT AN INVITE TO THE WRONG ADDRESS
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=10297

AN INVITATION I SENT NEVER ARRIVED
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=10297

I WANT TO ACCESS MY GMAIL ACCOUNT WITH ANOTHER MAIL CLIENT
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=10350

I WANT TO SIGN UP FOR GMAIL
https://www.google.com/accounts/SmsMailSignup1

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Intimidating Gootube

Interesting entry from blog maverick –GooTube’s Smart!

Not that I am much of a moral policeman on copyright infringement, but it seems right to be on the right side of things. 🙂

Sitemeters and my blog

Yesterday, I discovered a lot about sitemeters. While the regular blogger, I am sure, knows a lot about them, for me it was a new thing to understand where all my page visits have been from, and for what.

The most interesting things –

I realized that I had a very recent visitor from Australia!

I also realized that a lot of the visitors had come to the site looking for a review of Bhagam Bhaag! That, I think, was the most blatant lie I had written on my blog to have a bit of fun. A big sorry to Anupam and a whole lot of other people who might have watched the move based on my review. Bhagam Bhaag, let me correct, is one of the worst movies I had seen around that time! 😉

A lot of the visits to my blog had originated from my orkut profile and some of the floating emails that might have had my blog address in my email signature.

One thing however, that the blogs cant help with is the US IP addresses that I lot of PCs in Indian IT companies have. Probably because they are on a VPN and stuff! I don’t understand that side.

And yeah, there is a place called Alipur in Delhi, India.

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