Gmail Journal, Streamload, and secure blogging

GmailI have made three major changes to my working practice today:

  1. I have setup a StreamLoad account which provides me with UNLIMITED storage and 1GB a month of download capacity for $4.95.  I am in the process of uploading my entire software library and music library,  my photo’s have already been uploaded.  Streamload has a great feature that allows you to send emails from your account with embedded download links, effectively allowing you to send multi-gigabyte attachments!  Pretty useful for emailing around Virtual Machines for example!
  2. I have setup a company NDA area on my blog where I can post information for readers from my company that I receive under NDA or information on projects that is appropriate for company only readership.  You won’t see this area exists unless you login.
  3. I have a new gmail account especially for use as a journal/archive of all sorts of useful bits and pieces.  See below for details.

Gmail as an archive:

  1. Get an account especially for the purpose so you can keep it clean
  2. Create labels for all of your archive/journal categories
  3. For each label create a filter that looks for emails sent to <yourname>.journal+<yourlabel>@gmail.com replacing <yourname> and <yourlabel>.  I didn’t realise today that email servers – or at least gmail – ignores anything between the + and the @
  4. The filter needs to be set to “skip inbox” and to “apply label” <your label>

here are some example filters:

Matches: to:(joe.blogs+notes@gmail.com)
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label “notes”
 
Matches: to:(steves.journal+thanks@gmail.com)
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label “thanks”
 
The first one will automatically apply the label “notes” to all emails sent to the address joe.blogs+notes@gmail.com and will remove the email from your inbox
 

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

1 Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am intrigued Steve. How are you going to administer your NDA in a secure way ? You say by email address – does that imply that anyone who wants access has to register a reader account with their company email address – if so what about poor old Oak Grove and Stu?

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