Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. 1
I wonder if this will give Dropbox serious competition or not? Too me it’s a no brainer to not trust Google with my entire digital self, but I not sure everyone else thinks that way.
UPDATE: It’s worth quoting Google’s own ToS: (my emphasize)
When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.2
So the question remains, is Google really, really a company that you would trust with all your computer files?
Imagine Facebook already trading on the Nasdaq; how would the market react? Would analysts and pundits send the stock upward, praising Zuckerberg’s swiftness at securing FB’s position? Or, to the contrary, would someone loudly complain: What? Did Facebook just burn the entire 2011 free cash-flow to buy an app with no revenue in sight, and manned by a dozen of geeks? Is this a red-flag symptom of Zuckerberg’s mental state?1
An interesting read. Monday Note currently seems to be the most interesting commentator on Facebook’s future and its acquisition of Instagram.
The very worst thing you can do with frequently asked questions is make a list of them on your web site. Frequently asked questions are bugs, and the only satisfactory answer to them is to fix the problem so the questions don’t get asked again.1
One of the great things about the month of december is the wide array of awesome advent calendars for geeks. This year I added PHP Advent to my list of essential reading. However december was one of those months where I barely had time to sleep, let alone actually read, so a lot of articles were left in my Instapaper cue. A few days ago I read through one of them and found this great quote from Drew McLellan. The whole article is very well worth a read.
I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.
For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.1
Is it just me or is that last part really scary? Looks like I’ll have to re-evaluate my use of Instagram.
This review was written and edited exclusively in Byword.
I began this article on a Tuesday night from my iPhone around 11:30 pm while my son, Noah, was up for his late-night feeding. On Wednesday morning I picked up where I left off by opening Byword on my MacBook Air while in my office. After lunch, I grabbed my iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard and visited my favorite local coffee shop where a latte accompanied me as I finished the article.
This is exactly the sort of writing workflow that I’m looking to adopt.1
This workflow appeals to me as well. I like being able to work device agnostically. Especially I’d like to be able to seamlessly work on blog posts from my computer(s), iPhone and iPad.
Since the blogs publishing interface is web based it’s possible, but that is not the way I’d like to write. I find myself being much more productive in something like Byword than in the WordPress Admin panel. Therefore I think I need to bolt some hacks together to be able to write in whatever application that I want, save the result in Dropbox and have the blog itself pick up the articles from a certain Dropbox folder and publish them. I’d like it to be like the post workflow in Marco Arment’s Second Crack2, but still using WordPress as the CMS.
Our goal is simple objects, objects that you can’t imagine any other way. Simplicity is not the absence of clutter. Get it right, and you become closer and more focused on the object.1