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May 22, 2006

GMail - Denied!

It really sucks when seemingly ubiquitous technologies get blocked because of how they are perceived. Case in point, the facility I work at blocks access to the usual suspects, MySpace, eHarmony, etc. But then they also block things like GMail. This really sucks because I do a lot of business with my GMail account. Of course I also have personal emails flowing to my GMail account, there's no denying that, but for location to block a business tool, i.e. something I need to get my job done is ridiculous!

For too long had I simply stood back and said, "Okay, that's the way it is, that's how I'll play." I started looking for alternatives. First, of course, were the proxies. Absolutely none of them worked in accessing GMail. It could be because my server is hosted outside the US, but I don't think that's the problem. I think the problem was the fantastic javascript GMail uses to make itself so responsive and pretty. Then I ran into libgmail and GMail-lite. Long story short, I put GMail-lite on my site [lunaflare.net] and now I can access my GMail anytime I like. Sweet!

Feel free to use it, but help a brother out with ISP costs. If you find one of the advertisements helpful or interesting then explore the opportunity.

Update: Whoops, it's actually libgmailer [sourceforge.net], not libgmail.

Posted by Guy at May 22, 2006 4:06 PM