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

I guess the main question I have about this is if there are any hard, or
practical, limits to the files sizes you can send. It sounds like an
interface between a file manager and an email attachment, I have concerns
about using for many files or large files. Has anyone tried this? 


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From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Joshua Owen
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 5:40 AM
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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