Google recently announced the arrival of their 1GB web-based email account, GMail. Many people, including myself tried quite hard to get an invitation to join the public beta, and I eventually was able to get an account thanks to a friend at ArsTechnica.
Some of the benefits of GMail are the large storage space, easy labeling of messages (instead of sorting into folders), and quick Google-powered searching. As an email packrat, I jumped at the opportunity to have all my email easily searchable. I decided I would import all my old email from Netscape Communicator 4.7 (which had messages in it dating back to 1994). There was no upload feature included with GMail, however.