I just met Jonathan Rosenberg, the head of Product Management at Google, and told him about the Gmailuploader, the tool we have developed at FON allowing you to send old emails to Gmail so when you open a new Gmail account it’s not empty and you can search them. He loved it. But then I was surprised and asked him why is it that Gmail does not have that functionality. I said that I would not mind giving Google the Gmailuploader as a gift, and all Google had to do in return would be to ad a little thank you note to FON for having developing it. His answer was a roll of eyes that I totally understood. If FON has so many projects to make our services better, the list of Google’s must be endless — that’s what the roll of eyes meant. And it was nice to see the human side of Jonathan. Nobody, even the person who probably has the biggest army of coders in the world at his command, can tackle everything. What I love about Google and have also seen with FON is that they are so open to collaborations.

After Jonathan, I met with many other Google people and we shared other developments like Gspace, the app that mirrors your computer on the internet using Gmail as the backoffice. And while some people have been telling me that Google was going to kill it because storing documents is not the original intention of Gmail, I found that the Google managers are totally open to new apps that make the lives of internet users around the world better (especially if some people use Gspace to empty Microsoft and send those documents to Google :). And hopefully this week we will introduce a new tool that blends Skype and Google functionalities….stayed tune!

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ikanguru on May 21, 2007  · 

Hi Martin,

Do your guys at fon spend any time investigating the possible ill effects of using Wifi? I just read this article from the bbc and will be watching the program this evening. Wifi is great – but to what extent is it harmful?

Thanks Dave 😉


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stefanos on May 21, 2007  · 

Is there a way to sync a folder on my computer with gspace? I want to keep a copy on both, synchronized automatically. Convenient as gspace may be, it is only available with an internet connection.

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Yao Worthington on May 21, 2007  · 

This article actually debunks the theory that WiFi is harmful :


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Netanel Jacobsson on May 21, 2007  · 

Hi Martin, why not create a Maxthon plugin for this as well and tap into additional million users. Please get in touch and I’ll tell you more.

All the best,


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Henrik on May 21, 2007  · 

Google gives their silent approval to Gspace as long as the good allowing it outweighs the costs of storing the documents.

(Remember that Google has way more money than they can spend at the moment)

When it comes to an email-converter tool; I remember being in contact with the gmail-team regarding this in the past, where their rep. said that they have it on their “interesting ideas”-list – but they didn’t implement it yet. (My contact was about 18 months ago)

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Martin Varsavsky on May 22, 2007  · 

Yes Nastis,

It would be great to do this automatically. People tag folders to be always in sync. Like picasa does

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fede on May 22, 2007  · 

great post martin
i did it in my ubuntu pc at work and its the best i can work on weekends from home
its great to see the collaboration between canonical fon google and other free software advocates
greetings from argentina

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