Friday, December 29, 2006

Build Your Own GSpace Virtual Drive Online

Is it possible that the Google Gdrive or Platypus system is nearer than we could imagine?

Amazing what people with a vision will come up with, using the technology that is currently available online for free.

I have been researching online storage and backup for sometime now. The iFolder system from Novell is a pretty cool system for providing desktop sync between various files on a multitude of computers across the Internet. A free test spin of the iFolder enterprise product from Novell is no longer available, but for those with some IT knowledge, Novell still offers the software and licensing. There also is another iFolder project built around the Open Source community.

The way this program functions is, as you drag a file into the folder on the desktop, it automatically loads it online and to whatever remote computers that are synced automatically using the iFolder client software, with the same exact file downloaded to the desktop folders on the other computers.

OK, so that is the iFolder system. There are a number of other systems online that charge a fee for a certain amount of storage or bandwidth usage. Some of these virtual drive solutions are easier to use than others for storage and retrieval.

So, enter the techies. When there is a need, they fill it. Google has for awhile had their Gmail email system. The storage capacity has continually increased in size and scope of what Gmail can do for you. Now some enterprising individual came out with a GSpace solution to online storage that is pretty cool.

Gmail Space

by Rahul Jonna, tnarik

This extension allows you to use your Gmail Space (2.5 GB and growing) for file storage. It acts as an online drive, so you can upload files from your hard drive and access them from every Internet capable system. The interface will make your Gmail account look like a FTP host.

This is an addon to the Firefox browser. The Firefox browser can be loaded on any computer, including Apple Mac, Linux, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Once the addon is loaded into the browser, then it is simple to login and transfer any file to any other computer.

So, I decided to try it out, and built my own westerndrive at Gmail.com. It really works. Keep in mind, that this GSpace storage software device is not directly sanctioned by Google, nor is it disallowed based on the current reading of the Google Terms Of Use information for Gmail. Note: The Gmail software could be changed in the future that makes this GSpace drive non operable. The creator of this software spells that out on the Get Space web site. But, if you want to try it out, for free, and see how it works, it is a very neat way to transfer files from one location to another. If in the future, the system does not function from the standpoint of the software enabled transfers, your files are still accessible, directly from Gmail online.

What I would really love to see is a merging of P2P, Peer-to-peer technology of the iFolder system with that of the GSpace drive. Features with true drag and drop syncing between all of the computers that have a folder on the desktop. If someone drags a file from their local computer it would show up on all the others also. I read somewhere this past year that Google was looking into the iFolder system. Maybe we won't have to wait much longer for a really easy to use secure P2P file sharing system for personal and business use across the World Wide Web.

Jim

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