Episode 819 – Time-lapse photography with the QT SDK & Gmail Drive

This time on the show Jason continues his series on the QT SDK with the time-lapse photography app while Shannon checks out the Gmail drive shell extension.

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Gmail Drive Extension


You can use your Gmail accound to create free storage!
Shell Namespace Extension creates a virtual filesystem around your Gmail account so you can use it as a storage medium and can be downloaded here.

Save and retreive files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. Add new drives to your computer under ‘My Computer’ – create new folders, copy, drag n drop files. There is tons of space on Gmail- 6000 Megabytes- never really get close to filling it up. Copy files to Gmail and retreive them again. When you create a new file using Gmail Drive, it generates an email and posts it into your inbox with the file as an attachment. Gmail Drive will check your account using the Gmail search to find new files and to rebuild directory structures. It acts as any other hard drive- copy to and from it like normal. To use, create a filter in Gmail to move files (with GMAILFS in the subject) to archive. Keep in mind this is an experimental tool. Filenames must be under 65 characters, and gmail can choose to block the tool at any time. Changes to gmail by Google may affect the functionality of the tool. Once downloaded, open the zip file and read the quick setup guide. Open my computer and log in to your gmail under the GMail Drive Extension that shows up. It takes a few moments to log you in, and once it is you’ll first see a blank folder. Now you can drag and drop and copy whatever files you want into the Gmail Drive. Once it is done copying, and again it takes a few seconds, you can go into your gmail account and see the file saved into your inbox.

Pros and Cons? Pros: Free storage, super easy to use, works with any Windows machine. Cons: It takes forever, and can easily break if Google does any kind of Gmail Updates.
Email me your thoughts- [email protected].


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  • dilleyb

    Shannon’s piece on the Gmail file storage was very well done. The clarity of her (and others – if others are involved) is awesome — or so I think as so meone who has taught television and media writing for decades. I noticed a shot or two from a second camera or second shot in the piece. Shannon needs more visble cues if you are doing a one take shoot when you switch cameras so she refocuses on the second camera.

    My students and I use gmail file storage to bypass the university and distance learning file limitations network rules. An important limitation to note, is that when files are passed through the google file system, advanced Microsoft documents are edited to a more basic format unless special steps are taken to make sure they stay in Word or Microsoft format — probably as a size management strategy by Google. This means that some formatting, footnoting and higher levels of academic document preparation are edited out of the files when they pass through Google. If you just spent two hours formatting the references in your thesis or dissertation, you don’t really want all that work removed when you send it to you faculty advisor who evaluates it.

    Just thought I would let you know, from the trenches of the academy.

    Great show! Keep up the good work and kindness to kitties.

  • Robert

    I love your quick blurb about tree and found a site that scripts a *nix version. I’ve already added it to my /bin in Snow Leopard and will be using on Ubuntu 10.10 soon.
    As always, love the show.

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