Drive toward Google

T-Mobile is killing off its MobileLife Album at the end of this month, so people who have used that online photo storage facility will have to find some other place to play. Now obviously I’m not hurting for storage space — I can get a terabyte from Flickr — but T-Mo has offered to set me up with Google Drive, about which I know nothing except that it’s a cloud-based service. (I experimented briefly with cloud storage, decided it was too cumbersome, but figured maybe it was just the implementation.)

So this is a tech bleg: if you’re using Google Drive, I’d like to know what you think of it, and whether it has any worthwhile advantages to offset its parent’s Skynettish tendencies.


  1. rammer »

    5 June 2013 · 7:59 pm

    I recently starting using this Google drive thing to share some photos with my son’s school yearbook editor. So far it has worked ok and the most annoying features are the privacy features, which do seem to work, but are seemingly deliberately designed to be tedious. And who knows when they will change the privacy rules and dump all the content on the net anyway.

    So, it is good if you want to have someplace to park some pics, but don’t really care if they get out.
    If you actually want all your pics to be public, use tumblr instead it is way better.
    If you want them private, host your own encrypted ftp server for your pals from your house. You can buy a 3TB drive for just over $100 bucks and put it into a used pentium computer for free on craigslist.

    Best wishes to you and your safety down there in God’s country.

  2. CGHill »

    5 June 2013 · 8:09 pm

    I don’t really have much of anything private anymore. :)

  3. David Richard »

    5 June 2013 · 8:38 pm

    My wife and I place long-term to-do lists and checklists there. We can download them or (finally) edit them in place.

    I store a few files with sensitive information there, too – but I encrypt those files locally before pushing them to GDrive; and decrypt them when I need to use them.

    And, I keep a few web sites on Google Sites, and use Google drive as the host for the files on those sites.

  4. sya »

    5 June 2013 · 8:57 pm

    I’ve only used Google Drive to share documents with a large number of people. And for that specific use, I think it does pretty well. As for photos, I’ve put them on Picasa, not Google Drive.

  5. Trumwill »

    7 June 2013 · 8:36 pm

    Do you perchance have an Android phone? The combination of Google Drive and Google+ is pretty awesome, if you do. Automatically uploaded my images so when I had a hard drive failure, they were nicely backed up. Didn’t have to do anything, it was automatically there. (I got the photos back.)

    Dropbox does the same thing. They have a feature where every picture you take goes to your Dropbox account. If you have an Android phone, you don’t need their help to install these things. It’s pretty easy. I’d expect it to be easy if you have an iPhone. If you have a regular phone, maybe not so easy.

  6. CGHill »

    7 June 2013 · 9:27 pm

    Sounds like a good argument for a ‘droid. (I’m still on a “regular” phone, however.)

  7. Trumwill »

    7 June 2013 · 9:30 pm

    Fiscally prudent! I dig it! Stick with that regular phone as long as you can, because once I had a smartphone, it became really hard to contemplate going back.

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