It was a little over a year ago when I wrote a post about the negative elements of Google’s Gmail. My complaints were justified at the time [or so I thought at that moment] but since then Google has made some monumental changes to many of its products. I ended up switching to Gmail later that year despite the belief I had about Google being a monopoly. After all, I wanted an email client I could depend on and would work hard to keep the spam at bay. Forget about how I politically feel.
When Firefox Quantum came out late last fall, I jumped on its bandwagon or at least tried to. I ended up looking at an empty page on the browser and I wasn’t able to get past it. I switched to Google’s Chrome. I had many misgivings about it for several months. The time I tried it several years ago, it made me feel overpowered by all the extensions and themes. [Maybe this was what made me dislike Google in the first place.] This last fall though, I made sure I was picky about what extensions I downloaded and I still haven’t selected a theme. Maybe I never will.
Chances are my judgment of Google began to chance before their message arrived in my inbox. One of my blogging friends, Jacqui, is completely hooked on the Google products. Reading her posts about Google has altered my impression of the company slowly but surely.
I still prefer Word to Google’s Docs though. It feels vulnerable to write using Docs even though when my browser is closed, I know I’m still technically online. [Docs is an online product.] Not having the browser bar while typing my life away feels a little safer even though it probably isn’t.
Last week, a couple of days after Google’s email, I decided to move my writing project over to Google Drive. I had had it at OneDrive, which was perfectly fine, but I was reminded there isn’t as much free storage space there and I really didn’t like the navigation at their site. Google gives an optional layout I’m partial to. However, there was a glitch that prevented me from syncing my folders in the drive to offline [which isn’t really offline 😛 ]. I tried reinstalling the exe file twice thinking it just didn’t take the prior times. Obviously, it didn’t work.
I gave the problem a rest for a couple of days. Actually, I was giving myself some space from the problem so my nerves wouldn’t fry. When I went back to it I made the decision to get help with this. I almost emailed Jacqui but decided she’d probably tell me to go to Google’s help center. I wrote about my syncing problem in the forum thinking no one would get back to me. But someone did! And with detailed instructions to find out if it was just a glitch or if there was a bigger problem.
By following the instructions, I discovered where my Google Drive files were hiding and were able to place them where I could easily click to them.
Yes, I sent the person who helped me a thank you.
I guess I’ve joined the ranks of becoming a Google fan.
What have you changed your mind about lately?
Computers allow us to squeeze the most out of everything, whether it’s Google looking up things, so I guess that tends to make us a little lazy about reading books and doing things the hard way to understand how those things work. Buzz Aldrin