Friday, September 10, 2004

even more GMail

I've got some extra GMail invites if anyone needs one.

A few interesting GMail hacks have appeared recently:

Gallina presents your GMail account as a blog, where original emails are shown as entries and replies to those emails are shown as comments. It's a proof-of-concept app and it's been slashdotted all to hell, but the idea that you should be able to abstract data into whatever form you are most comfortable with is a good one. I've been using Eudora as my main email client for over a decade, and the API they publish is about that old, making it astoundingly irrelevant and unusable, so there are precious few plug-ins for Eudora and little chance of making new ones. Google, on the other hand, published a hacker's wet dream API right up front, and the innovation that resulted from that continues to grow. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Gmcp (gmail copy) is a Perl script for abstracting your GMail account into a file backup system. It Must Be Cool Because It's Perl™.

But GmailFS takes the idea even further... GMailFS is a Python app that creates a mountable Linux file system that uses your GMail account as a storage medium. Ummm... wow. This guy wins, I think. Talk about abstracting the data.

2 Comments:

Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Do you still have any of the Gmail invites? I'm still looking for one. I'd be most grateful.

Sam Klein (The ZehnKatzen Times, ORblogger).
 

Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Got the invite in the mail today. Thank you!!!

Sam Klein. (The ZehnKatzen Times, ORblogger)
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