RSS Bandit Synchronization Using GMail Drive Shell Extension

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If you haven’t heard, RSS Bandit can synchronize its state (feedlist, read/unread, etc…) across multiple machines. I wrote about it in the RSS Bandit docs.

So far, there are four means for synchronizing feeds: Ftp, dasBlog, local or network file, and webDav. For the average user, these options might not be always be available.

However, using GMail Drive Shell Extension, you can create a local drive letter that maps to your GMail account. Then in RSS Bandit, open up the properties dialog, click on the Remote Storage Tab, choose the File Share protocol and enter the GMail drive in the UNC directory path (it doesn’t have to be UNC). In the screenshot below, I have the e: drive mapped to my GMail account.

Remote Storage Tab

Now you can use your GMail account for synchronizing your RSS Bandit state between multiple machines. Note that this usage of GMail is not supported by Google nor the developers of RSS Bandit. So if Google suddenly decides to disrupt this usage of GMail, you’ve been warned.

As you can see in the RSS Bandit Roadmap, there will be support for more synchronization sources in the next major release.

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9 responses

  1. Avatar for Koba
    Koba October 29th, 2004

    If I use GMail to sync my RSS Bandit state, will Google read my news articles? If so, will they wise-up and stop violating my privacy? If so, will the bubble that is their share price burst? If so, will Bush declare war on another defenseless non-western state?

  2. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked October 29th, 2004

    1. Unlikely as the state is stored as a ZIP file and not as clear text. We can consider encryption if you need that sort of security.

    2. They probably won't wise up either way.

    3. Yes, eventually it has to. I'd sell short now.

    4. Assuming he gets elected, he probably will.

  3. Avatar for Mark Pitman
    Mark Pitman April 4th, 2005

    How did you get Windows to assign a drive letter to your Gmail Drive?

  4. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 5th, 2005

    Using the GMail Drive Extension. It did it for me.

  5. Avatar for Mark Pitman
    Mark Pitman April 5th, 2005

    Hmmm, mine just says "GMail Drive" in My Computer. No drive letter was assigned.

  6. Avatar for Pasha
    Pasha April 28th, 2005

    Yeah, i am trying to do the same thing, but mine doesn't have a letter


    i actually came accross this page trying to figure out how to give it a letter

  7. Avatar for AF
    AF June 1st, 2005

    Any thoughts on how to assign a drive letter to "Gmail Drive". I'm using Win2KPro. thanks....

  8. Avatar for Batman
    Batman October 19th, 2007

    Hmm... maybe older versions of gmail drive allowed drive letters. 2 years later and I still dont have a drive letter.

  9. Avatar for Rakeback
    Rakeback January 27th, 2010

    Any thoughts on how to assign a drive letter to "Gmail Drive". I'm using Win2KPro. thanks....