GmailFS - Gmail Filesystem
Wasn't someone asking about using Gmail as a file system the other day? Anyway someones gone ahead and done it: http://richard.jones.name/google-hacks/gmail-filesystem/gmail-filesystem.html
Bah. Don't you hate it when you have a good idea, get all excited, start coding, then find out that someone's already done it? Kind of takes the wind out of your sails.
Oh look it's on Slashdot now: http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/29/0237213&tid=198&tid=217&tid=106&tid=218
I hope he has a generous hosting plan.
Oh wait.... the server is probably just pointing to his Gmail account anyway. ;-)
Just what I need. A really, really slow 1GB hard drive.
"Just what I need. A really, really slow 1GB hard drive.
An almost hassle free gig is useful. Ok, I've got thumb drives and external USB HDs and DVD's but it still is an extra back up - useful if I want a kind of free FTP.
I think the project is intended as more of a gee-whiz thing than a serious utility.
One thing I found interesting in the Slashdot comments is the number of people who are against this idea, because it violates Gmail's TOS and uses up the gig of memory in a way that the user will not see any ads.
Actually, I read through Gmail's TOS and didn't see how this would violate it. Did I miss something?
"it violates Gmail's TOS and uses up the gig of memory in a way that the user will not see any ads"
Somone on Slashdot pointed out that it would make a great remote partition for Knoppix or Linux Live. You walk up to a machine, boot into Linux from the CD and get your data from Gmail.
As opposed to just getting the data from a USB drive.. Which would seem to me to be the better solution.
Last time I checked 1Gb USB drives were still reasonably expensive. Anyway I'm sure it's not meant to replace USB drives, it's just a cool hack.
"You shall not, shall not agree to, and shall not authorize or encourage any third party to: (i) use the Service to upload ... any content that ... is otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by Google ... or (v) act in any way that violates the Program Policies, as may be revised from time to time."
A 1GB USB Key can be purchased on eBay for anywhere between $115-129. That's cheap!!!
Yoey: note "any third party". As long as you're not sharing your gmail account with others, or using your GmailFS to store your pron collection, I don't see the problem.
Why are you presuming that all are data is objectionalble?
From their guidelines...
"Yoey: note "any third party". As long as you're not sharing your gmail account with others, or using your GmailFS to store your pron collection, I don't see the problem."
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