For now, writers—whether Docs fans or Word stans—need to be ready to accept edits in whatever form they come. But Google Docs appears to be coming for us all, slowly but surely—even if we’re not quite ready to Accept This Change.
I don’t love web-based word processors. They’re just a little laggy for me. But Google Docs is convenient—especially for collaboration. However, I don’t think it’s any better or worse than the online Word or Dropbox editors. I’m not sure it’s good for a news organization to depend upon a free product, though. That would make me nervous. Especially if I were reporting something negative about the owner of the free product.
Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers.
And I’m genuinely surprised Google+ was compromised the way it was. I thought Google was tighter than that.
I did enjoy sharing posts there, though. RIP, G+. FYI, I’m on Mastodon.
I’m interested in this because Chromebooks are cheap and pretty light. The idea that I could use it for actual programs, rather than just as a big browser, is interesting. Especially if it happens natively. I know there’s Crouton, but it always seemed risky to buy a machine and potentially break it.
Of course, as we learned earlier this week, I’m still pretty committed to my Thinkpad.
You can now run Linux apps on Chrome OS | TechCrunch
A great post from FastMail CEO Bron Gondwana about how email needs to capture specific moments in time and not be a fluid, ever-changing experience. FastMail understands that email is a tool and not an entertainment experience. It’s one of the many reasons I love FastMail.
Email is your electronic memory | FastMail Blog
They’re using Debian Testing and GNOME and moving on from Ubuntu.
Even though it’s an internal distro, it would be cool if Google made it publicly available.
I’m not sure going all-in on Google is the best solution to the challenges of the Apple eco-system. As Charles Schwab might say, it’s best to have a diverse technology portfolio.
“Yes, this is jingoistic; the idea of a handful of American tech giants controlling much of society has helped push regulators internationally to try to limit their power. But we would almost certainly do the same if a bunch of foreign companies attempted to take over our economy. At least it’s our own giants that we have to fear.”
I take very little solace in the idea that a tech monopoly is somehow less dangerous if everyone involved happens to be from the same country. There’s no upside to a lack of choices.
The hardware looks beautiful, but $1200 seems like a lot for Chrome OS, which I find kind of limited (although I haven’t used it in quite some time). I was sort of half expecting this to run Android (I assume it’ll run Android apps, though).
For that money, I’d rather have an operating system I can customize a lot more.
“Facebook and Google and Twitter designed their systems, and they tweak them rigorously. But because the platforms themselves—the technological processes that inform decisions for billions of people every second of the day—are largely automated, they’re enormously difficult to monitor.”
When we use tools that don’t respect our choices, bad things happen.