Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His EmailS

Eric Schmidt's email habits are bizarre, considering his job: The CEO of Google and ultimate overlord of email-hoarding service Gmail deletes every email he receives, unless he's specifically asked to do otherwise. And that's not his only strange habit.

Schmidt also uses about 30 different computers at work, according to newly-released court documents first highlighted by Slate's Farhad Manjoo. Schmidt testifies in the documents that he's spent 30 years deleting emails "as quickly as possible" after reading them. And yet when Schmidt's Google launched Gmail six years ago, with an unprecedented gigabyte of archive space, the company said, "Gmail is built on the idea that users should never have to file or delete a message." At least now we know why Schmidt wasn't quoted in that press release: He's got a bit of a different philosophy about content deletion.