There's quite a bit of talk out on the "blogosphere" (am I the only one who thinks that phrase is ridiculous?) about Gmail being down. I was gonna tell you about how normal it is for large services to go down, and considering that Gmail is the most widely-used email service, it's understandable. Except I just found out that Gmail is not the most used email service on the Internet. It's actually Hotmail. HOTMAIL.
Now, the article I cited does indeed mention that Hotmail (and in second place, Yahoo) is probably hosting a ton of dead email accounts, or accounts that are no longer in use. Still, it's ahead of Google Mail by a large margin, so that's pretty crazy.
But I digress. Gmail is down, and while Anonymous (the group of Guy Fawkes computer hackers you see in the news every few months) has been accused of taking it down, they are actually denying involvement. That's particularly out-of-characters, since Anonymous usually makes their threats and claims of destroying website security pretty public. So, ironically, this attack has been committed by a legitimately anonymous hacker. That's assuming, of course, that Gmail has been deliberately taken down. It's just as possible that the email service is experiencing technical difficulties with its own computer security system. While Google is a large and incredibly successful information technology corporation, and is (hopefully) proficient in computer security regarding its own assets, their largeness also makes them a gigantic target for hackers out there looking to make a name for themselves.
I, for one, have ascribed to a theory that a hallowed news site has put forth: Almighty Google realizes how much we need Him to exist, so He shut down Gmail as a display of his mighty and awful power. As we know, what Google giveth, Google taketh away.
Of course, this hallowed news site is America's Finest News Source, the Onion, so I may be mistaken.
Ultimately, Google will tighten its security or fix whatever problem has come up. At least we know now, with certainty, that no corporation, no Internet conglomeration, no well-oiled technological machine is immune to going down. Until things get really bad, our ability to wield our computers like tools of defense is going to serve as our "right to bear arms" more than actual guns would. Exercise your democracy and brush up on your code.