Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Firefox and Gmail ... a great combination

I took a few minutes to update my Mozilla Firefox (web browser) install and see if there were any new extensions that looked interesting. What I found was very interesting. The newest extension for me to install is called Gmail Space.

Quick Description (from the above linked page):
This extension allows you to use your Gmail Space (2 GB) for file storage. It acts as a remote machine. You can transfer files between your hard drive and gmail. This is similar to "Gmail Drive" on windows platform. Your gmail account looks like a FTP host and you can upload and download your files. After you install, you get an option called "GSpace" in your "tools" menu clicking on which opens the window for transfer of files/folders.
* Files > 10 MB can be uploaded
* Fixed the problem of "" domain. Now, users can also upload and download files.
* Fixed the problem of "archiving". So, it picks the emails/files that are archived also.
* Now, harmful extensions like ".exe, .dll, .zip" can also be uploaded.( _gs added behind the extension)
* Uploading very big files > 100 MB is not recommended.
* Make sure that you have enough space in your directory while uploading large files (this extension creates a copy of the large file in the directory)

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A new ‘mail message’ will be in your GMail account for each file you upload.  After I saw how the how thing worked, I decided to create a filter in GMail to automatically Label the message and archive it.
Matches: Subject contains GSPACE, has attachment  Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label “Stored Files”
This way, all file I upload will not clutter my inbox, but be available via the “Stored Files” label.

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