Quick-connect options for network shares inside gnome can be even easier than using the Places > Connect to Server options. You can also quick-connect to these using the ALT-F2 run dialog. As far as I understand these are interchangable in their features, its just another more flexible way for you to connect to a remote machine or network share. I’ve tested quite a few of these below and they seem to work just fine. Are there any others that I have missed? Here are some examples:
These will connect and open up nautilus with the contents of that network share. They also work for samba, for the Windows people.
Or if you’d prefer FTP or the more securet SFTP.
…it even supports HTTP(S).
I don’t think loading network connections can get much faster than that. Enjoy. Thanks goes to the Ubuntu Colorado list and David for pointing this out.