That’s it. I’m now really desperate to delete my baazee account. Its one of the piling up accounts. Besides I’ve never really used it – just logged in and logged out.
But seriously, arresting the CEO is a bit naïve. Its like arresting the CEO of BSNL/MTNL for the existence of *ahem* certain ‘call this number’ services, only that those particular persons are better connected and know about government machinery. Poor baazee CEO.
If he gets out of this unscathed, I’m sure he will personally check every posting on baazee before letting it go online.
statcounter update : visits to my blog indicate Firefox and MSIE in a neck to neck race and Linux is a major 2nd OS to w32.
update : Ok, so Condiment Rice and the US government seems to be interested in the baazee guy’s fate. (HMMMMMM..) Well, momma eBay won’t be happy if baazee gets hurt. It figures.
There’s this new app floating around (in w32, it’s called a shell extension) allowing you to treat your Gmail account as a password-protected, mapped network drive of 1000 MB. Its available in Linux too. The December issue of LFY carried an article on it. I recognised the w32 app because I had read about its Linux counter-part.
And the important thing is – IT WORKS! I’ve set up the proper label and filter so that uploaded files bypass the inbox and get labeled as GMAILFS. Its cool.
Sure, Yahoo has its briefcase of 30 MB plus 250 MB mail. Rediff has 1024 MB. In Yahoo’s case, there is no single point of entry. You have to go from Yahoo Briefcase to Mail or vice-versa. Second, even if those mail services have storage, you either have to store files as attachments to drafts or mail them to the proper account – I’ve never tried it. BUT you have to use a net browser. Forget the web storage services – none give 1000 MB for free.
In this Gmail app, you login once by right-clicking on the Gmail Drive in My Computer [sadly, I’m not yet able to use the net from my Linux box – damn RASPPPOE] and selecting ‘login’. Then right-click any file you want to send to the Gmail space – in the context menu, there is ‘send to Gmail’. When you check your account later on, there will be a mail from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com with subject GMAILFS and the file attached. That simple. And a single point of entry for mail and web storage. Also no messy attaching a file or sending blank emails. Also proper, automatic labeling and filtering options available.
All this is possible because Google has released its APIs. In a short span of time, more email software has been released, quite a lot of them free, for Gmail than for any other email service.
Gmail, Firefox, Thunderbird – way to go, champions!!
The LFY DVD event was a flop. Now I’m saving up to get a set of FC3CDs from a local guy. And then I’d have to make my Internet connection work through Linux. It’s a convoluted process. But by that time, I guess I would be a pro because I’m planning to install FC3 by a convoluted process too; courtesy an eccentric CD-drive.
I should be in college now, putting my shoulder to the wheel, to help in the SPACE 2005 preparations. After all, the GS/SS pair are from my class. And they need a praetorian guard. But then, what are winter mornings for, if not for getting up late?