Watching Wisconsin today

RT @mc_frontalot: Wisconsin! You will note that in 100% of cases, a 'union buster' is an amoral thug owned by the plutocrats. Recall Walker Tuesday!

RT @cshirky: Republican activists are lying to WI voters, saying if they voted FOR a recall, they don't need to vote IN the recall.

Isn't deliberately misleading a large number of voters about exercising their right to vote a crime? If not, why not?

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.