[THIN] Re: Fwd: FW: GMail Drive shell extension

Here's a Linux version that has similar functionality.

http://richard.jones.name/google-hacks/gmail-filesystem/gmail-filesystem.html

>>> mc@xxxxxxxxxx 10/18/2004 8:54:57 AM >>>
For those wanting to install it, check out

http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm 

I've just installed it and it look's quite neat !

This is sweet, not sure how Google will feel about it though ???


Any problems and I'll post

Mark



-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Owen [mailto:joshua.owen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 18 October 2004 13:40
To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [THIN] Fwd: FW: GMail Drive shell extension

FYI, seen as how so many of you have gmail accounts, thought this
might
be of interest.

GMail Drive shell extension 

GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual
filesystem around your Google GMail account, allowing you to use GMail
as a storage medium. 

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail
account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your
GMail
account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally
adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where
you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to. 

Ever since Google started to offer users a GMail e-mail account, which
includes storage space of a 1000 megabytes, you have had plenty of
storage space but not a lot to fill it up with. With GMail Drive you
can
easily copy files to your GMail account and retrieve them again. 
When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail
and
posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox
folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive
periodically checks your mail account (using the GMail search
function)
to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory
structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive
installed on your computer. 

You can copy files to and from the GMail Drive folder simply by using
drag'n'drop like you're used to with the normal Explorer folders. 

Because the GMail files will clutter up your Inbox folder, you may
wish
to create a filter in GMail to automatically move the files (prefixed
with the GMAILFS letters) to your archived mail folder. 

Please note that GMail Drive is still an experimental tool. There's
still a number of limitations of the file-system (such as total
filename
size must be less than 40 characters), and it doesn't make full use of
the secure internet protocols available. 
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