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    Wednesday, March 02, 2005

    Transform your Gmail account into a personal file server, G

    We've all been blogging about the free Gmail invites coming out of our ears. I was giving them away last year by rigging little contests, like "guess my mileage" and "write the best haiku." After a while, everyone I knew had signed up and found themselves with more free Gmail invites than invitees.

    I cracked open a few of my own free accounts and created some based on permutations of my name: first-initial-last-name, first-name-dot-last-name, and so forth. Not terribly helpful, but I figured that if Gmail is around to stay, then it might not be bad to use it as a primary account one day. And while I'm at it, why not create a whole bunch of accounts for me, me, me so it's easier for others to remember (or forget, as it were) my exact address, no?

    Well, I just stumbled upon a much better use for those unloved accounts: Use your Gmail account as a personal file server. Sorry Mac users, this one looks like it's only for the Windows XP cool kids for now.

    Oh, and by the way, if you don't already have a Gmail account, your prayers can be answered at