GMail - Part 3

Continuing thinking about GMail and what Google really is up to. From the Department of Unintended Consequences (via Paul Kleppner):
... somebody has created a Windows file system extension so that you can use your 1gb GMail account as a remote file system!
It's a crazy hack. But it makes me think that something like this could easily be done as a true service by Google (with sensible protocols).

Check out the Gmail Virtual File system hack.

Pretty neat. My guess is Google loves this kind of thing, and at the point when it starts being a noticable stress on their system (never) they will either start offering it themselves (with ads) or prohibit it.

Love them unintended consequences!

p.s. Happy 2005!
Posted on January 1, 2005 and filed under Technology.