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Gmail storage limit increased

Today I realized that my storage limit in my Gmail account is increased. It was 1499MB. When I refresh the page, the storage is increased again, now it’s 1507MB. Well there are some rumors that Gmail will increase the storage limit into 2GB. Is it because that Yahoo! Mail is going to increase their free-mail storage into 1GB? Or is it just an April Fools joke? Well, we’ll see about that tommorow. Hopefully it’s not an April Fools joke.

— UPDATE —
Now my Gmail quota is 2050MB. I don’t know if it will still increasing or not. But I think 2050MB is enough for now :p

— UPDATE —
Actually now the quota is still increasing about 0.00001 megabytes – 0.00002 megabytes per seconds. Kewl!! :p

Retrieving Image File from MySQL using PHP

Many people ask me about this.

Database example:
database name = “test”
table name = “image”
table column 1 = id, data type = int, special attributes = auto_increment, primary key
table column 2 = image, data type = blob

this is the sql script:

use test;
create table image (id int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment, image blob, PRIMARY KEY(id));

this is the php script:

<?
header(“Content-type: image/jpeg”); // act as a jpeg file
mysql_connect(“your_host”,”your_db_username”,”your_db_password”);
mysql_select_db(“test”); // use the ‘test’ database

$query = “select image from image where id = $id”;
$result = mysql_db_query(“test”,$query);

$row = mysql_fetch_array($result);
$img = $row[‘image’];

echo (“$img”);
?>

There you go, you will see the image that you store in MySQL database using blob data type.
Enjoy! :D

My PC

Today, my PC’s power supply is broke down. As usual, if there are some problem with my PC, I always get stress. Then I ask Yogi to accompany me to Mangga Dua Mall. Fortunately, he’s going to Gambir to buy a ticket for his brother-in-law. In Mangga Dua Mall, the shop where I bought my PC is closed, so we look around for a power supply. We found some power supply, which is not cheap. Then we found a shop, that sold PC’s accessories that I never saw before. Then we ask for power supply, and the price was so expensive. But then after a long talk, I finally decide to buy a power supply in that shop (not the expensive one). They say the power supply that I bought is a very good power supply, the brand is ‘HEC’. And it cost me about 260 thousands rupiah for the 300w power supply. Well I hope they’re right that the power supply that I bought is a very good one. And now, my PC is running well again. And luckily there’s no other hardware are breakdown because of the power supply failure.

Using Gmail as a 1GB Virtual Drive

Taken from http://www.googletutor.com

Need another reason to get your Gmail account? How about using its generous 1GB storage capacity as a virtual drive to save and retrieve files directly from inside Windows Explorer, accessing it from a new drive you’ll find under My Computer?

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This is accomplished by a simple installation of a third party Shell Namespace Extension called Gmail Drive, which customizes Internet Explorer. You can find it at www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm. The following is taken from the web site:

    GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n’drop files to.

    Ever since Google started to offer users a GMail e-mail account, which includes storage space of a 1000 megabytes, you have had plenty of storage space but not a lot to fill it up with. With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your GMail account and retrieve them again.

    When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the GMail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer. You can copy files to and from the GMail Drive folder simply by using drag’n’drop like you’re used to with the normal Explorer folders.

    Because the GMail files will clutter up your Inbox folder, you may wish to create a filter in GMail to automatically move the files (prefixed with the GMAILFS letters in the subject) to your archived mail folder.

    Please note that GMail Drive is still an experimental tool. There’s still a number of limitations of the file-system (such as total filename size must be less than 40 characters). Since the tool hooks up with the free GMail Service provided by Google, changes in the GMail system may break the tool’s ability to function. I cannot guarantee that files stored in this manner will be accessible in the future.

There you go.

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I have tested this, and it works fine for me. But I got errors when I try to paste a lots of files to the gmail drive, but it works fine when I paste just a few files. This is great for backing up important files. And yes, it can’t receive files with long filenames, so you must rename it into shorter filenames. And when I log in to the gmail using the browser, I could see the file I’ve paste using Windows Explorer, and the files works fine. Well there’s no harm in trying it :p

Free Web-based Email wars continue?

Taken from User Friendly Comic Strips Tuesday, June 29th 2004

A.J : Hotmail just boosted its free storage allocation. Just Like Yahoo.
Greg : In response to Gmail?
A.J : Yes. It’s like going to a restaurant and you find out that you get a bigger plate than at the one next door. But the portions you’re served stay the same.
Greg : How does spam fit into this?
A.J : I guess that would be like someone vomiting on to your plate.
Greg : OH GOD!!
Sid : And spam filters?
A.J : Pouring the vomit through a strainer.
Greg : AAAGH!!!

Sometimes big storage just not enough…. :p

Counter Attack to Gmail?

Hari ini Yahoo! menampilkan interface baru untuk Yahoo! Mail dan menambah quota Yahoo! Mail menjadi 100MB. Apakah ini salah satu aksi yang dilakukan Yahoo! dalam persaingannya dengan Gmail?
Sebenarnya ada pula free web-based email yang menawarkan kapasitas sebesar 1GB yaitu www.spymac.com. Spymac lebih ditujukan kepada para pengguna Macintosh, walaupun tidak ditanya apakah anda pengguna Macintosh atau bukan pada saat sign-up. Kapasitas Spymac yang 1GB itu tidak hanya untuk email saja, tapi bisa digunakan untuk website, forum dan juga auctions, jadi 1GB itu adalah shared capacity. Tapi berdasarkan pengalaman, Spymac aksesnya lebih lambat dibandingkan dengan Gmail atau Yahoo!

Walaupun sudah merubah interface dan menambah quota Yahoo! Mail, masih ada satu masalah yang harus diselesaikan oleh Yahoo!, yaitu masalah Spam, dan sepertinya mail server Yahoo! juga terinfeksi oleh virus, karena aku memperhatikan bahwa email Yahoo! aku mengirim spam ke orang lain juga.

War on the Net never ends…

Gmail Account

Gmail adalah sebuah free web-based email yang dipunyai oleh Google. Fitur utamanya adalah kemudahan interface dan storage sebesar 1Gigabyte. Tapi fasilitas email ini blum dibuka untuk umum, masih dalam tahap testing, jadi orang-orang blum bisa sign-up secara langsung untuk mendapatkan Gmail account. Jadi orang-orang yang mempunyai email di Gmail adalah orang-orang yang langsung di invite oleh Google, atau di invite oleh orang-orang yang sudah mempunyai account di Gmail. Dan banyak orang mau melakukan apa saja untuk mendapatkan Gmail account. Coba lihat deh disini GmailSwap, banyak orang yang mau membayar untuk mendapatkan sebuah Gmail account. Apakah Gmail account benar-benar berharga?

Dilain itu, Gmail di tekan oleh masalah privacy karena Gmail menggunakan targeted ads dibanding kan iklan-iklan yang berupa banner seperti di Yahoo atau di Hotmail. Jadi targeted ads itu adalah iklan-iklan yang ditampilkan yang berkaitan dengan isi email yang kita terima, sehingga banyak orang mengira bahwa email-email yang kita terima dapat dibaca oleh orang-orang yang bekerja di Google. Walaupun Google sudah memberitahukan bahwa iklan itu di generate secara otomatis, tetap saja masih banyak yang ragu-ragu. Tapi kenapa mereka tidak curiga bahwa email-email mereka yang di Yahoo atau Hotmail, dapat pula dibaca oleh pihak yang menyediakan jasa tersebut?

Ya kalau khawatir tentang masalah privacy ketika menggunakan Gmail, itu salah satu pilihan, orang-orang mempunyai pilihan untuk menggunakan jasa Gmail atau tidak menggunakannya sama sekali. Hey, nothing is totally free :p

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