First off, Gmail is currently inaccessible. The DNS entry for gmail.com points to gmail.google.com which points to gmail.l.google.com which points to nothing. Either SkyNet changed it so no one could get to it (to fix a security issue?), or someone is poisoning their DNS. Either way, it sucks. NOTE (15 minutes later): They just fixed it.
On a more positive note, a worthy competitor to Gmail has emerged: GGG-Gmail! GGG-Gmail attempts to be more user-friendly by getting rid of much of the terminology that confuses the average user and replacing it with language anyone can understand. For example, instead of the confusing “Remember me on this computer” option, the user is presented with “Get off my nuts about the password. Shit.” I expect small but effective improvements like this will make GGG-Gmail’s popularity skyrocket.