Vowel Outage Over at Gmail

Oh no! A server malfunction has left Gmail vowel-less since around 6am this morning, Pacific Time. During routine maintenance at a Google datacenter, the letter ‘a’ disappeared for a number of users. Spreading quickly amongst users, Google’s help forum was filled with complaints from confused and worried Gmailers.

Thankfully, Google engineers were able to limit the damage, protecting consonants (and apparently even the letter Y!), leaving only the letters A, E, I, O and U missing.

Google has ‘vowel-ed’ to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and return the home page to normal. Happy April Fools Day!

Source: Google Blog

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at accentmedia.ca or on Twitter.
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#1
rishidevdas
August 17th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

So was this outage a real problem with vowels or was it simply a Google gift for 1st April? I am preparing a chart and I need to know about this urgently.

Regards
Rishi

 

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