September 2007

I’m totally stoked about this Firefox plugin called Gspace because I’ve been looking for something like it for a while. Gmail accounts come with massive storage space – just over 2.9GB as of today. This plugin lets you use that space for file storage as if it were an FTP server. Free offsite backups anyone?

When selected (Tools -> Gspace, or via the icon on the bottom right of the Firefox window) the plugin opens a new tab that looks like an FTP client. When you use the interface to transfer a file to your storage space, behind the scenes the plugin sends a cryptic email to your account with the file attached. While I haven’t gotten this far yet, I’m thinking it should be relatively painless to create a filter that moves these cryptic emails into the All Mail folder so they don’t clutter up your inbox. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Update:  even better than GSpace, GMail Drive is a standalone Windows application that mounts your Gmail space as a drive letter.  Drag and drop files in Windows Explorer to store and retrieve them!

NOTE: the maximum file size for both applications is 20MB as that is the size limit GMail enforces on attachments. 


It’s finally up and running. I moved all my non-.NET posts from the past month over to that side to keep things nice and tidy. The links to visit and/or subscribe are over there on the right.

Sweet baby jeebus, what an assbeating of a newsgroup to subscribe to.  If anyone knows of a better group that actually provides tidbits of info without having to wade through 20 posts of “what is a using statement?” please let me know.

Also I’ve decided to split this blog into two – C# and personal.  I decided over the weekend that there’s no sense in preaching politics on a .NET blog.  I’ll post a link when it’s ready.

It really should be put out of its misery. I learned a few things about FTP while reading this rant and they don’t exactly inspire me. Take your pick – credentials passed in clear text, bastardization of the client-server model, multiple round trips per file, etc. The clear lesson to take away from that post: use FTP like the insecure, flawed transport protocol that it is.