Despite its recent outage you'd be hard pressed to find many Gmail users who don't love their service - that is apart from this one really irritating thing...
Attaching files in Gmail has never been anything other than a complete pain in the backside: an outdated process of selecting a single file at a time and waiting in hope for it to upload. Well, say goodbye (and good riddance) to that.
As part of Google's refocus on Gmail in 2009 (something which has already brought native PDF support, themes, multiple inboxes, a tweaked layout and most vitally an offline mode) it has now enabled multi-select attachment uploading and progress bars.
"Today, we're making some changes to the way Gmail attachments work," Google announced on its Gmail blog. "If you want to send a few files from the same folder, simply hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on OS X) and click on each file you want to attach to your message. You can also hold down the Shift key to select a continuous list of files. A definite time saver. You'll not only save a few mouse clicks selecting files, but you'll also see progress bars on each file as it uploads."
Of course the pleasure/pain concept to the universe remains in check however so - along with the continued glitches with Tasks, Mouse Gestures and Navbar Drag and Drop caused by Gmail offline functionality - Google has begun stuffing ads into Google News. At present only the US edition is affected but the trial is expected to quickly expand to all regional editions.
Now irritant aside this could cause Google some legal issues. Google News is merely a clever aggregator so generating revenue from listing other sites' content could prove tricky. In fact TrustedReviews is featured prominently on Google News' Sci/Tech segment which means... something I'm not going to touch with a 10 foot barge pole!
Gmail Attachments Announcement (good tongue twister that)