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Gmail wont send my files

Posted by james on March 19, 2008

Gmail is awesome, and I've been using it for quite a while. There simply is no going back once you've gotten used to quick web email with instant searching, labeling, etc. However, I recently ran into a problem sending attachments. I zipped up a folder and tried to send it to someone, and got:
"contains an executable file. For security reasons, Gmail does not allow you to send this type of file."

Which is incredibly annoying. The problem is, there are no executables in the file I was sending. There wasn't anything the could even be mistaken as an executable. Narrowing down the test cases, I was able to replicate the problem with a zip file containing a single JPG or HTML file in a subfolder. The same JPG/HTML file worked fine if zipped without a subfolder. This means gmail's unzipping mechanism has problems and blocks certain zip files depending on the zip structure, regardless of the actual content.

Not to mention that blocking executables in the first place is incredibly awful. I understand the reasoning behind it, and yes if we stopped stupid/ignorant computer users from making these kinds of mistakes then we'd have a much safer computing environment for everyone. But what do we do if we need to send executables? The old standbys of using an external file sending service or renaming the file is just awful and a horrible hurdle to have to use. Google has managed to do so many things right, with just the right amount of compromise. But this one just stinks of other, more restrictive service providers. It truly is the only thing about GMail that I absolutely hate.

No Country for Old Men

Posted by james on March 18, 2008

(post.rating: 5)
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This one is hard. The title kept giving me flashbacks of the poster from <a href="http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/blsecondhandlionspicsf.htm">Secondhand Lions</a>, so for a while I resisted watching this one. However, after seeing the preview (it has nothing to do with old men... go figure) and hearing some high recommendations, I gave this one a chance.

I'm mixed. It was intense, very gripping, but ultimately I left confused and unsure of how I felt about the movie. That always happens with non-standard artsy type movies. One of the problems is that this movie drives towards some underlying philosophical point, but I usually don't appreciate those parts of movies. In my mind, there's many different types of movie watchers; some watch purely for surface entertainment (chick flicks, action movies, etc), while others prefer to delve deep and consider the symbolism and deeper meanings of the films. Usually the second type discuss what the "director was thinking". The first type doesn't care.

I'd say I'm in the middle. I watch a lot of movies, including a lot of non-typical-hollywood movies which others don't have the patience for. However, I don't really try to interpret movies too much since I'm more concerned with just enjoying what's there in front of me. I'm a bit lazy about that.

So I'd have to say, the movie was ok. There was some underlying idea that drives this movie, but I didn't pick up on it right away and even now I still don't know what it is. But more than that, I really don't care too much what it was. The movie was exciting at parts, well made, and all of the actors did a great job. But in the end, it's just not my type of movie.

Hanging out with the Deans at Panera's!

Posted by james on March 17, 2008

So fun.


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