Over the last month Gmail seems to have gotten slower (and slower and slower) and it is not just my Powerbook G4 and Firefox.
Having had to maintain Internet-facing devices under high loads (although certainly not at the level of Google Apps) things probably suck right now for Google Engineering. Pagers going off. Firing up the conference calls. Troubleshooting routers, switches, firewalls, load balances, web caches, databases -- all the fun that is involved in keeping a mess of webapps running. Well blogger and google talk work so all is not lost. God bless them.
Now its back, I guess 20 minute outage isn't that bad for Beta app :)