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> 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:(
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label “notes”
Matches: to:(
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label “thanks”
The first one will automatically apply the label “notes” to all emails sent to the address 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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