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Hack 45. Gmail Drive, Your Online Hard Drive

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ToinstallGmailDrive,youneedWindowsXP/2000orVista.

Openhttp://viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htmandlookforthe

downloadlinkatthebottom.Afterdownloadingandrunningthe

setupfiles,youwillfindthatyourWindowsExplorer My

Computersfolderhasanewitem:GmailDrive.Clickonitand

youarerequiredtoenteryourGoogleAccountloginnameand

password,asshowninFigure5-21.Youcancheckthe"Auto

Login"optionifyouwantto,oraccessfurtheroptionsviathe

"More"button.

LoggingintoGmailDrive



Ifyouloggedinsuccessfully,youcanstarttouseyourGmail

Drivefolderalmostlikeanyotherfolder.Giveitatryby

dragginganddroppingafilefromelsewhereonyourcomputer

intothisfolder.Thecopyprocessmaytakeawhile.Icopieda

filecallednetpadd.zip,forinstance,asshowninFigure5-22.

WhatactuallyhappenshereisthatGmailDrivesendsyourfile

asanattachmenttoyourGmailaccount.Youcanseethisfor

yourselfbyloggingintoGmail,asshowninFigure5-23.Anew

emailstartingwiththesubject"GMAILFS"appearsinyour

inbox;youcanopenthatemailanddownloadtheattachment,if

youwantto.

GmailDrivenowstorestwoZIPfiles



ThefileyoucopiedtoyourGmailDrivewillappearasan

attachmentinGmail



However,tohidethemessagessenttoyoubyGmailDrive,you

canaddafilter[Hack#44].Click"Createafilter"andenterthe

word"gmailfs"inthesubjectinputbox.Click"NextStep"and

checkthe"SkiptheInbox"and"ApplytheLabel..."options.

Createanewlabelnamed"GmailDrive"(oranyothername

thatyouprefer).Nowsaveyourfilterandyou'redone,as

showninFigure5-24.

Bystoringyourtextdocuments,spreadsheets,ZIPfiles,



movies,music,andotherfilesthisway,youcanaccessthem

fromanydesktopcomputerorlaptoparoundtheworld,aslong

asit'sgotGmailDriveinstalled.Andevenifyouareona

computerthatdoesn'tallowyoutoinstallnewprograms,likein

anInternetcafé,youcangobacktoyourGmailaccounttofind

yourfiles.Youronlylimitationwiththisapproachisthestorage

limitationofGmailitself.Ifyouwanttoincreaseyouremail

storage,takealookat

http://google.com/accounts/ManageStoragetobuyadditional

GBofstorage.

AnAlternative:GmailFS

AnotheroptionforstoringfileswithGmailisGmailFS,theGmail

Filesystem.ThismountableLinuxfilesystemrequiressome

systemadministrationanddevelopmentknowledgetosetup,

asit'sbasedonthePythonprogramminglanguageandother

technologies.AfullinstallationguideforGmailFSislocatedat

http://richard.jones.name/google-hacks/gmailfilesystem/gmail-filesystem.html.MacOSXuserscanconsult

theguideathttp://blog.macos.fr/post/2007/01/18/GMailFS-forMac-OS-X.

Thesamecaveatsmentionedearlierapplyto

GmailFS—beawarethatGooglemaylockGmail

accountsofpeopleusingfilestorageappsonit!



CreatingafiltertogroupallGmailDrivemessagesunder

onelabel



Hack46.KnowYourGmailKeyboard

Shortcuts

WanttoworkevenfasterinGmail?Considerswitchingfrom

mousetokeyboardforcertainrepetitivetasks.

Althoughbrowsersofferarangeofdefaultkeyboardshortcuts,

forquitesometimeitwasn'tcommonforwebapplicationsto

makeuseoftheirownadvancedshortcuts.Thatwastherealm

ofdesktopsoftware—thekindofsoftwarethatshipsinabox

andrequiresyoutoinstallit,butthatalsohasatraditionally

muchricherinterface.Butastimeprogressed,sodidthe

richnessofwebapplications.Googleisoneofthecompanies

stretchingthelimitsofwhat'spossibleinonlineinterfaces.

Sometimesthatresultsinlongerwaitingtimesforyour

applicationtoload,orotheraccessibilityhurdles.Atother

times,itmayallowyoutogetyourworkdonefaster...asis

thecasewithkeyboardshortcuts.

WhatfollowsisanoverviewofthemostimportantGmail

shortcuts,showninTable5-1.Beforeyouusethem,makesure

thatyouhaveshortcutsenabled.InGmail,gotoSettings,

checkthe"Keyboardshortcutson"option,andclicktheSave

Changesbutton.Notethatinordertoavoidinterferencewith

yournormalwriting,theseshortcutsworkonlywhenyour

cursorisoutsideofanewemailcompositionbox,thesearch

box,oranyotherinputarea.However,youcanleaveaninput

fieldatanytimebyhittingtheEscapekey.

TableGmailkeyboardshortcuts

KEYSTROKE DESCRIPTION

c



Composeanewemailmessage.UseShift-cto

openthecurrentmessageinanewwindow.

Openinganewwindowmaytakeafewseconds.



r



Replytoamessagethatyou'veopened.Use

Shift-rtoopenthereplyinanewwindow.



j



Movethefocustothenextconversation.Tothe

leftofyourmailmessages,youwillseeasmall

arrowindicatingwhichmessagehasfocus.



k



Movethefocustothepreviousconversation.



Enter



Openthecurrentlyfocusedconversation.



Shift(while

selecting

messages)



Selectseveralmessagesatonce.Let'ssayyou

see20newspammailsinarowinyourinbox

andyouwanttomarkthemasspam,

accordingly.Justchecktheboxofspammail1,

holddowntheShiftkey,andthencheckthebox

ofspammail20downthelist.Youwillfindthat

messages2–19havenowbeenselectedforyou

aswell.



Shift(while

openinga

message)



HoldingdowntheShiftkeywhenyouclickona

newmessageresultsinthemessagebeing

openedinanewwindow.Notethatthisfeature,

aswellasthepreviousoneformessage

selection,worksevenifyou'vedisabled

shortcuts.



u



Whenreadingaconversationindetailview,this

shortcutreturnsyoutotheinbox.



x



Togglesthestateofthecheckboxtotheleftof

thecurrentlyfocusedconversation.



m



Mutesoneormoreconversations(eitherthe

conversationyoucurrentlyhaveopenor

conversationsyouhaveselectedwiththe

checkboxestotheleft).Ifaconversationis

muted,allnewmessagesaddedtoitlateron

willbeautomaticallyarchivedforyou—skipping

theinboxsoyoucaneasilyignorethem,butstill

havethemavailablewhenyousearchforthem.

Thisisaspecialshortcutforspecial



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