October 2004 Archives

Fishy Tale

fish.jpgTook this picture from my phone (Sony Erricson T610). The camera is pretty poor, however nice picture of the base of a lampost on the Queen's Bridge in Belfast. In the background is the Waterfront concert hall and you might just be able to make out my office.




Mount gMail as a filesystem

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Been wondering what to do with all those GMail invites? Well thanks to a couple of new developments you can now mount a gmail account as an external file system.

First up, for lovers of penguins we have GmailFS a mountable filesystem for linux. It is a Python application, using the FUSE filesystem infrastructure to help provide the filesystem, and libgmail to communicate with Gmail. GmailFS supports most file operations such as read, write, open, close, stat, symlink, link, unlink, truncate and rename.

Next we have the GMail Drive, a shell extension for windows. GMail Drive enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder.

xdrive is dead, long live gmail (so long as you don't worry about the privacy of the files stored...)

I'm back online!

After a sad delay, I'm now back online! We have moved to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. Lot's of things going on, including starting a new job. Expect to see lots of posting about dotnet and c# soon!!!

BBC Newstracker system goes live

The BBC have rather quietly released a new version of their website, with related links powered by their Newstraker system. This appears to automate the production of links to external news sites.

According to the BBC Story this is in reaction to users comments that:-

Our users tell us that one of the things they value most about our service is our policy of linking openly to other websites.

That as may be but you can't help thinking it may be a reaction to the recent report from the Department for culture, media and sport. At a time when the BBC is positioning ahead of its license renewal they want to be seen as positively not competing with commercial companies. Featuring links to commercial news sites helps argue their case.

Personally, if it makes the BBC News site better I'm all for it. As far as I am concerned the license fee is the best value of all my "information" subscriptions (GBP 30 pcm for broadband, GBP 30pcm for Sky+, phone bills etc). I just wish they would drop their habbit of publishing technology articles that are little more than a re-worded press release advertising some companies product.


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