Not only did we redesign the home page of FON, but now we are doing a major overhaul of Gspace. As a reminder the reason we own Gspace is that when we launch the fon liberator now renamed Fonera 2.0 (cause it helps you upload and download stuff to and from the net) we will give gspace users a choice to store stuff on gmail or in their hard drives directly connected to the Fonera 2.0.






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Alejandro Scandroli on December 22, 2006  · 

Hi Martin,

Please can you consider to provide a way to report gspace bugs in your major redesign.


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olive on December 22, 2006  · 

Can google forbid the use of gspace on gmail. And are you not afraid of it ?

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cRn on December 22, 2006  · 

pls somebody can me invite to fon network ?
Thank you nagyzsoltd at gmail dot com

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Martin Varsavsky on December 22, 2006  · 


Google hasn´t told us anything and they are our partners at fon and they know we own gspace

I think gspace while not being the original idea that gmail was planned for is a powerful tool for taking documents normally stored with microsoft and sent to google, why kill it?

In any case in February when we launch the fonera 2.0 we will offer an alternative storage service over the internet that is fonero based so if google really does not like gspace they should let us know and we take care of the problem

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Martin Varsavsky on December 22, 2006  · 

Yes Alejandro!!!

Send them to me at

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tiagra on December 23, 2006  · 

Hey Olive,

take a look at your /tmp/chillispot.conf – the entries “uamallowed” tell you who is affiliated with FON and who is not 😀 The URL of this Blog is in there also… amongst others like Skype, Flickr, google……………. etc. 🙂



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Steve G on December 24, 2006  · 

Geez, you gotta either change the name or else buy the domain from those pornographers.

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Charbax on December 24, 2006  · 

I’m sure Google must be working on some Google Storage product, that will probably be better suited for online storage than suggesting people should sign up several Gmail accounts.

Storage and bandwidth for personal file transfers isn’t really free, so probably that the Google Storage service can provide on-demand hard disk drive upgrades, different grades of back-up copies and also sending of certain files to other users or even a service to host big video files publicly on ones website.

But I am also looking very much forward to the functionality you can make for Gspace with the Fonero 2.0, something like Orb would be nice. Some remote file access for streaming out video from the home if enough upload bandwidth is available (without transcoding I guess), or else simply some interface to thus access ones files stored on hard disk drives at home, wordwide.

to save power, also an environmental idea, how about hosting the file structure of the usb hard drives in the Fonero 2.0, then switching off the hard disk drive, and only turn it on when external application, or the user logs on and starts browsing the hard drive. This way the hard disk would be mostly turned off and would only turn on when needed, thus with usb-hubs, one could have like 12 hard disk drives that can be turned on just when needed. Probably that usb hard disk drives consume quite a bit less than having ones computer turned on all the time, but I guess it’s still substantial, and unnecessary if the content only needs to be accessed once in a while.

Maybe somekind of clever energy splitter and a special usb-hub connected to the Fonero 2.0 usb connector can do the energy-saving trick?

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Martin Varsavsky on December 26, 2006  · 

Well Steve, we tried to reach the pornographers and they never replied, any ideas?

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euronerd on December 31, 2006  · 

It is great your team manages to do such useful redesigns.

I want to draw your attention to a site that also needs to be redesigned, if only to give PDA owners a slight change to login without using Deviscape: the FON login page as presented from Hotspots.

Your team only manages to reply to many requests for such redesing, that they think about it and will do in the future, but that future never seems to happen.
Now they have had enough practice and received enough examples from the community, I trust you’ll assign them this wonderful task!!!

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euronerd on December 31, 2006  · 

Oh, and Martin, Steve already gave you an idea, probably he will not repeat it: change the name!

I might add another idea: talk money and they may answer, pornographers are not in it for the sex, you know.

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James on May 26, 2008  · 


Was really cool when I first tried it but now I’m not impressed. The Flash media player is nothing but a flashy piece of junk. Please tell the developers of this product to go back to the original player. The buttons were bigger, and I didn’t have to read a Flash tutorial to learn how to circumvent cross-domain security issues that are the developers responsibility to solve. If your FAQ says to your users to read a third-party tutorial then you’re not doing something right!

Most users want something that works right out of the box, and I’m one of them.

This is still a good idea, just think usability and don’t make me have to go through a dozen steps to get something to work that I was using previously with absolutely zero issues!! ActionScript is cool and all, but don’t use it because it’s the in thing, use what works for your users. It’s not working here.

Thank you,

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James on May 26, 2008  · 

Ok, sorry, that was a little bit of a rant. I’m sure it’s not a piece of junk, I just can’t tell at the moment because it doesn’t play anything. Nor does my Flash player have any options to allow

Just understand that listening to music is a passive activity. Meaning that I just want to listen to some music while I work on some other activity, like my own programming tasks, for example. I just want to press a button, take a deep breath, and hit Alt-Tab and get back to work while listening to some cool tunes.

I just don’t feel that I should have to reconfigure my system for your product to work on my standard, default, unmodified Windows XP system on the standard, stable Firefox 2 browser that your product should be built for.

I will continue to use Gspace to transfer data and it is a cool product, but not as cool as it would be if the developers could re-enable the old player 🙂


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