A conversation 14 years long

Have we met?

I asked that question here on this site in September of 1998 in a post one month before MetaGrrrl.com would turn into what we would later call a blog.

I say I’ve never met Karawynn, Jamie, Carl and Justin. What the fuck does that mean?

I sit next to someone on the bus, I shake hands with a co-worker’s client who I’ll never see again, I chat with the bank teller and somehow these are people I’ve met?

My body doesn’t encompass me.
I don’t have to breathe the same air to be in the same place as you.

Have we met?

What a different world we live in now. We’ve been through radical changes in politics, technology, and cultural norms. Our days have transformed as the non-present world becomes present through these magic devices in our pockets. I live in a different city. Have a completely new career. Am in another relationship.

What hasn’t changed? Many of those people that some folks used to say I’d never met are still a part of my daily life.

So here’s my question for them, and for you, what has made these “virtual” connections so strong?

How has the way we built the web and the mobile internet and our tech-centric cities strengthened and weakened those chains since that year, 1998, when it seemed like maybe this world wide web thing might be sticking around?

 

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A conversation 14 years long

‘Domestic Servants in Elizabethan England’ rises again

OMG academic libraries are so frickin’ excellent. I’m back at UCSC’s McHenry Library 25 years later updating & expanding my senior thesis.

Why is Google Books good for scholars/writers? Because books don’t have complete indexes. Combing a 750 pager for keywords by hand is slow.

Disconnects between user uses and designer visions?

I have been using @googledocs for business but flaky behavior today & scary stuff I’m hearing re: worse to come has me backing up to desktop

From what I can figure out we’re losing “work with your docs anywhere, in your browser” to gain “here’s a shoebox you can get to anywhere”.

This is a bad trade.

People reporting files just showing a download link, instead of opening for editing. I’ve just seen flakiness.

Appears so far as a really rough & ham-handed transition to some larger product we may not actually want.

I’m not super worried about losing data, but wanted to at least back up my sales/income/expense/consignment worksheets.

Near as I can tell they think we want Dropbox, when we actually just want to not have to launch Excel/Word.

I still mostly trust them with my data, just really annoyed at the forced workflow change & new proprietariness.

Google seems to have a terrible blind spot about those who aren’t constant doc/chat sharers in their work life (viz: g+ design)

Is my work environment about to break?

Why is a company known for doing something cutting edge with cars using the name "Drive" for a non-driving related product? @Google #irksome

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A few days later and I'm noticing files I use all the time are now misbehaving. Time to save local copies of everything and perhaps to switch back to desktop apps.

Super frustrating for this to be turning into more than just a marketing bafflement.

 

Oh and, despite being "techie", it took me four days to realize that they're referring to hard drives or disk drives. Here they'd finally gotten me to switch over to thinking about the thing I work with rather than an old technology physical container and they go and revert their language. Sigh.

The terrible pain of reconciliation

Each month as I attempt to reconcile my iTunes sales reports I am once again bewildered that this mess of an interface/data is Apple's.

Really, Apple, would it kill you to provide your reports by calendar month or at least provide daily sales totals across all regions? Gah.

 

Continuing saga May 4, 2012:

I receive this error on their website:

"You backtracked too far. The application backtracking limit of 30 has been exceeded. Re-enter MZLabel" (that last word being a link to a login screen).

Jeez, Apple. I thought you were in it to win it. This is just sad. Even BN.com's PubIt is kicking your ass on interface.