A Google Account:
Premise: For a Google Account (not the Google Apps account), the dots do not matter.
Yeah that’s correct. So if your Google ID is “TenSecondTom@gmail.com” Try logging in with “Ten.Second.Tom@gmail.com” or try sending and email to this brand new email id. It works seamlessly. Thanks Google. It is confusing for lesser mortals (wink). Get over it!
The Biggest Use: You can have different email IDs for Work, Home, others. And still manage everything at the same place.
Say on a website which you do not trust completely (they might send you SPAM… BAM!), you can list an email ID as “TenSecond.Tom@gmail.com” and create a “sent-to: TenSecond.Tom@gmail.com” filter on your GMail. You are saved!
Work related emails will go to: Ten.SecondTom@gmail.com
Friends’ emails will go under a different label: Ten.Second.Tom@gmail.com
(and just to complicate things further, Ten.SecondTomfirstname.lastname@example.org is ALLOWED too. Think of “work” as a label. Create a filter on the “sent-to” and move to a label “work” and “skip-inbox”. Ah! Give me a break!! I am not going to show you how to create a filter now!
Word of caution: not every website would accept a plus symbol in a valid email address)
Trivia: Also, there was this smart guy in my college (I mean one of the SMART smart ones). He was kind of showing-off (his know how) and asked me to capital-case [verb] the email ID because he made it that way! Don’t be too sensitive when I say this but the email IDs are NOT case-sensitive (generally?). Though user-names are (eg: http://TopCoder.com. But URLs are (generally) NOT!. Though on http://UbuntuOne.com resource links, the case matters… hehe)! and there are Passwords. (ting)
Then there is Box…..
A Box Account:
http://Box.net (redirects to) — http://Box.com, provides simple online collaboration: Online File Storage, FTP Replacement, Team Workspaces. You can create a free account. You get a free 5GB account (much like Google Drive or what DropBox gives you after much ado)!
But as a promotional offer, if you login to the Box for Android App on an LG device or Xperia S etc (until the end of 2012 [well yeah that is assuming it is going to come]), your basic account will be upgraded to a 50GB-for-life-account.
I like box for a lot of other reasons (I mean not just the ginormous 50GB, or the reason of this blog post):
— It gives me a place to comment/discuss each file separately.
— Supported on a variety of devices
— Instant email notifications of activities
— It lets me collaborate with people very easily.
Coming to the point NOW…. Finally…
Yes Collaboration is fun:
So I was wondering if I could create another BOX account (email@example.com) and then Share a folder (xyz) with my main account (firstname.lastname@example.org) then in all I would have 50 * 2 = 100 GBs of storage. Upload all the stuff in (xyz). How cool is that!? But it’s a little messy. Yes here the first part of the blog comes into the picture. Fits “Seamlessly” (I just love the word. Don’t I?)! 😛
Take a moment and think about it. Check the Screenshots below! Cheers mate! 😀
— Is there a limit on how much can you upload to someone’s shared folder?
Well even if there is… I can always login to the other account and upload to the shared folder. I do not have to always upload through my main account.
— Will Box.com, at some point, realize this after reading my blog (yeah I know they know it already!) and think about deactivating my other or all accounts?? Not Fair!! I think it shouldn’t matter to Box. What do you think?
— I think keeping your pictures and videos HDD-crash proof is a good idea. But I might not do it. There has to be an extent to how much and what all you can keep on the Internet.