Gspace stores data in the cloud with your unused Gmail capacity


Last time I checked, I had roughly 6939.765312 megabytes of storage for my Gmail. No wait, it’s 6939.765328… er, 6939.765341. OK, I give up since it increases every second. Let’s try this again.

Last time I checked, I had close to seven gigabytes of storage for my Gmail. I only use a quarter of it, so why not gain some free storage space for data? There’s a number of tools out there to do this, but Joel turned me on to the Gspace extension for Firefox so I could keep everything integrated in my browser.

Gspace looks like a basic FTP interface: your local file structure is on the left and your usable space on the Google servers is shown on the right. At the bottom, you can see how much overall storage space you’ve used and how much is still available. You can create a folder structure in your Gspace for handy organiazation and then just select and send files up to the cloud. The file transfer mode is nice (you even get file properties and a file preview), you also have a Player Mode and Photo Mode to hear or view media files you have stored. The Player Mode is advertised as playing audio files in the Google flash player, so you don’t even need a separate audio client.

One thing I’m not too keen on is how this affects my Gmail. Essentially, Gspace is a GUI that looks like an external drive but underneath, it looks to be sending files as attachments to Gmail items. Example: when I uploaded the five pictures shown above, my Inbox had five new e-mails: one for each attachment, along with metadata and other info on the file properties. Clearly, I don’t want my Inbox flooded, so I’ve created a filter to have these just bypass the Inbox and head straight to the archive. A perfect cloud storage solution? Not by a long shot, but for some it could provide some quick and dirty, free storage in a pinch. Cali Lewis briefly highlights Gspace in a recent GeekBrief.TV ep so you can catch a little more info here.