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Photos and Drive - Still a Huge Gap Between Them

By now you've certainly heard everyone talking about the latest nail in Google+'s coffin: Google Photos are now available in Google Drive. (See http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/03/photosindrive.html if you haven't.)

Like everyone else, I was initially thrilled with the news. We've had the ability to have photos in Drive show up in Google+ Photos for a while now through a weird one-way bridge. Now the bridge goes both ways. Sorta. Kinda. Not quite. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I started playing with it... and after only 15 minutes I have to give the Google Drive and Google Photos team credit. I didn't think they could have made the Photo management experience any worse... and they did.

By default, your photos will show up in a new area in Drive, not a new folder. I assume there is a technical reason for this, because I can't think of a possible UX reason for this. It will only serve to confuse people for no obvious reason. I'm confused about it, thats for sure, and I feel like I know what's going on. But there are lots and lots of places that tell you that you can just press one button, and they'll all show up in a folder under My Drive.

There is no indication why you would want to keep them in the separate area. No indication what other side effects this might cause (will this folder get synced locally if you have that? Help doesn't say). Just lots of suggesting that if you want to move the files around, you need to do this. So I finally did. The full list is there still... so it isn't clear at all what I've now gained. I guess I can click on a photo and see what folder it is in? And... um... do some other metadata editing? Maybe? No clue.

But now I can organize my photos. Right?

Well... not quite. The help says, many times, that although deleting a photo will delete it in both places... moving it around in Drive won't move it around in Google+. I assume that the previous bridge will still work... so now I'll have these strange albums named "03" with the drive logo and no other useful information. And I can't edit or manipulate a Photo Album from Drive... just a Drive Folder. Which sorta shows up in Photos as an Album. Kinda.

I can already see that the help forum is going to get a pile of new questions, because this makes no sense to anyone that tries to use both. It really feels like this is a hack to make AutoUpload show up on Drive. A well-intentioned hack, and one that I will likely make some use of... but definitely a hack. It does not feel easy and intuitive to use. And it feels like it will be easy to do the wrong thing - like delete images you didn't want to delete.

What does this add to the photo management that Photos has desperately needed? Nothing. What Picasa, Aperture, and Lightroom provided was the ability to manage thousands of photos in ways that transcend simple folders. Drive certainly could be the basis for real photo management... but this bizarre split doesn't make me feel very optimistic that they will ever get to that point without lots of kludges. It would be great to see dynamic virtual albums, album ordering, quick flagging, integration with YouTube and AutoAwesome, and a good staging system for Stories. But this shows how far there is to go to actually get to that point.

Are there advantages to this new feature? Certainly! I don't have to download-upload things constantly. And we get the advantage of the other editing tools that Drive gives us access too. I think it is great that the two teams have provided this. It is the next step in seamless integration of different Google tools and I hope we take many more steps soon.

But right now... there are huge seams... and they are very visible... and they're only held together by a very thin thread.
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Dan won't be joining us tonight, so we're going traditional with a Hangout on Air and topics pulled from the same location. Join us (somehow) as we wrap up another Google Plus Week!
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With my bank, I get to see the actual bill, when I use the automatic transfer options, before approving the transfer. Usually it is there as a pdf.
And we have two-factor authentication, in that we have a dongle from the bank that creates a code whenever I press the button on it to log into my bank online. that I use in addition with my normal password.
This is quite standard, here, in Norway.
But online I often use paypal, or a credit card, as I agree with you, having a layer between your actual bank and the online stores is wise.
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Birthday Dinner at the CIA's Pangea

After my last time visiting the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), I really wanted to take my parents to dinner there for my father's birthday. After the photos I posted, they liked the idea, so we set a date and braved the rain to attend.

The food was delightful, and just different enough from my last visit to feel like a new experience. Our waiter commented that the students working this restaurant were doing this as a preliminary course to be able to go to the other restaurants at the CIA. I love the flexibility in cuisine that this format offers that I will be sad to see it go when the semester ends.

We all had a great time with great food and company.

Happy birthday, +David Firstenberg!
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Sounds like an amazing trip. We've got a Creole Festival going on here that I plan to check out...right after Thai Week. Happy birthday, +David Firstenberg​! :)
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I have mixed feelings about Unions. Very mixed feelings. But this event, and in some ways, my friend Gordon's story, is why I don't dismiss the concept of unions out of hand.

And it is worth repeating the story, so we don't have to repeat the lesson.
 
As many of you know, today marks 104 years since my great-grandmother skipped work to go on a date with the man she would later marry and bear two children to -- the younger being my mother's father. She'd later say that she obviously had to marry him; after all, his asking her out had saved her life, on a day when so many of her co-workers perished.

In memory of her co-workers, and others who have died under similar work circumstances, let's not forget why worker protection laws are needed; why we cannot rely on every employer to do what's right for their employees simply out of the goodness of their hearts; and why unions and the labor movement are as essential today as they became in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.
The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day....
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Any good idea can be tarnished. Unions are a great idea. Better to have them and combat the people who would turn them to their own advantage than not.
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I/O Registration is almost Over
If you're a developer - you have about 3 hours left

And to round out my retrospective, here's the third of my three sets of I/O posts to date: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/%23io14%20allen%20firstenberg

My posts are longer form in 2014, it looks like. With more pictures. (There is a Story somewhere, too.) But the theme was the same - technology is good, sure, but the people are the important thing. I think I felt more lost in 2014 than in previous years - the sandbox area was more crowded with more to see and do.

Developers - don't forget to go to https://events.google.com/io2015/registration before it is too late.
See the latest about #io14 allen firstenberg and find people who share your interests. Google+ search streams bring you updates from your circles, public Google+ posts and news from around the web.
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keeping my fingers crossed
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I/O Registration In Progress

If you're a developer, don't forget that you have about a day left to register for I/O! If you want to get a taste for what it can be like, check out my notes from 2012 with https://plus.google.com/s/%23io12%20allen%20firstenberg

I/O 2012 was my first time at I/O... and it set a new path for me as a developer. Reading through the posts, I realized this was the first time I really was exposed to the Drive API and to Chrome manifests. It showed me that Android could be a serious platform. I was able to start networking with the engineers who built the tools I was getting involved with. And, of course, a few people jumped out of an airship, landed on the roof, and ran past me to introduce me to Glass. The rest, as they say, is history.

But most importantly - I met up with people. Other developers who were building with the Hangout API, and the engineers who were supporting us. DevRel people who I've been working with ever since... over three different technologies now. We connect all the time via Google+ and Hangouts... but I/O is where we refresh our friendships.

And if you want to register for the #io15  lottery go visit https://events.google.com/io2015/registration before it is too late.
See the latest about #io12 allen firstenberg and find people who share your interests. Google+ search streams bring you updates from your circles, public Google+ posts and news from around the web.
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Photos and Drive - Still a Huge Gap Between Them

By now you've certainly heard everyone talking about the latest nail in Google+'s coffin: Google Photos are now available in Google Drive. (See http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/03/photosindrive.html if you haven't.)

Like everyone else, I was initially thrilled with the news. We've had the ability to have photos in Drive show up in Google+ Photos for a while now through a weird one-way bridge. Now the bridge goes both ways. Sorta. Kinda. Not quite. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I started playing with it... and after only 15 minutes I have to give the Google Drive and Google Photos team credit. I didn't think they could have made the Photo management experience any worse... and they did.

By default, your photos will show up in a new area in Drive, not a new folder. I assume there is a technical reason for this, because I can't think of a possible UX reason for this. It will only serve to confuse people for no obvious reason. I'm confused about it, thats for sure, and I feel like I know what's going on. But there are lots and lots of places that tell you that you can just press one button, and they'll all show up in a folder under My Drive.

There is no indication why you would want to keep them in the separate area. No indication what other side effects this might cause (will this folder get synced locally if you have that? Help doesn't say). Just lots of suggesting that if you want to move the files around, you need to do this. So I finally did. The full list is there still... so it isn't clear at all what I've now gained. I guess I can click on a photo and see what folder it is in? And... um... do some other metadata editing? Maybe? No clue.

But now I can organize my photos. Right?

Well... not quite. The help says, many times, that although deleting a photo will delete it in both places... moving it around in Drive won't move it around in Google+. I assume that the previous bridge will still work... so now I'll have these strange albums named "03" with the drive logo and no other useful information. And I can't edit or manipulate a Photo Album from Drive... just a Drive Folder. Which sorta shows up in Photos as an Album. Kinda.

I can already see that the help forum is going to get a pile of new questions, because this makes no sense to anyone that tries to use both. It really feels like this is a hack to make AutoUpload show up on Drive. A well-intentioned hack, and one that I will likely make some use of... but definitely a hack. It does not feel easy and intuitive to use. And it feels like it will be easy to do the wrong thing - like delete images you didn't want to delete.

What does this add to the photo management that Photos has desperately needed? Nothing. What Picasa, Aperture, and Lightroom provided was the ability to manage thousands of photos in ways that transcend simple folders. Drive certainly could be the basis for real photo management... but this bizarre split doesn't make me feel very optimistic that they will ever get to that point without lots of kludges. It would be great to see dynamic virtual albums, album ordering, quick flagging, integration with YouTube and AutoAwesome, and a good staging system for Stories. But this shows how far there is to go to actually get to that point.

Are there advantages to this new feature? Certainly! I don't have to download-upload things constantly. And we get the advantage of the other editing tools that Drive gives us access too. I think it is great that the two teams have provided this. It is the next step in seamless integration of different Google tools and I hope we take many more steps soon.

But right now... there are huge seams... and they are very visible... and they're only held together by a very thin thread.
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I think the ultimate problem at Google is that they started working on everything simultaneously. They assigned teams to all these services over the last 10 years who worked to provide the best solution they could for the service they were in charge of.  Only later do they decide that it would be cool to integrate these services and so they take service A, by one team and try to make it fit with service B by another team.  Square pegs and round holes all over the place!  It would be different if the new functions developed out of a service organically as a smaller company is forced to do.  Gmail, Docs/Drive, Photos/Picasa, Google+, Keep, Maps, Contacts, Tasks, Hangouts, etc, etc.  They want them to be seamless, but attaching existing buildings is not so easy.
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Typical Windows Scam

I got a call this morning with the oft-repeated "Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I'm here to help you" scam, similar to the one documented at http://urbanlegendsonline.com/computer-security-scam-infosis-net-00c04fd7d062/

I don't know why I let it run for so long, but I was amused that they didn't give up even when I called them out on the scam. "What does it say on the screen?" "It says you're trying to scam me." "I am not scanning you, sir." "I've been doing computer security for 20 years, and I know you're scamming me."

They were persistent, so I let it play on. After a while I asked "I have several computers, what is the IP address?" "If I was a scammer, I would know the IP address, but I don't know it." Clever. But not clever enough. They didn't even get suspicious when I started repeating the next steps in the script to them.

I called it off when they asked me to go to the website and download the remote control software.

It scares me that this is profitable enough for them to keep trying.
I spent an exciting twenty minutes on the telephone this morning with a guy claiming to know my computer had all sorts of malware on it, that hackers had taken control of it, and...
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+Dmytro Zuyenko No, like, when you buy an Apple computer, you have been scammed. Then and there. By a Fortune 500 company.
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What the What?

Google Cloud SQL assigns an IPv6 address for your instance.
Google Compute Engine doesn't support IPv6.

+Google Cloud Platform - do these teams talk to each other?
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+Allen Firstenberg​ there are massive fights internally. Its going to be a slow rollout for the huge Google infrastructure.
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Why did the turkeys cross the road?
To get to I/O Extended

Didn't register for I/O? Worried you won't get in? Don't forget there are plenty of opportunities for an I/O experience at I/O Extended events worldwide - you'll meet up with other local developers, watch the keynote and other selected presentations, participate in local activities, and maybe get some special swag!

Check out https://events.google.com/io2015/offsite to find one near you. Don't see one listed? Maybe you can help organize one!
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Yeah, I love that picture of me (from I/O 2014), and I've been trying to buy the license for it from the photographer so I can use it.
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Time is running out to register for I/O 2015!

So if you're a developer - go register now. Under 12 hours left.
And then enjoy these retrospectives from my I/O 2013 experience: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/%23io13%20allen%20firstenberg

It is interesting to go back and read some of my observations and comments from then. I was clearly more focused in 2013 than I was the year before - Glass and Google+ more than exploring sessions, but I feel like that was because I didn't find the sessions I really wanted. It was interesting to see the comments about "faster Hangout API rollouts" and some of how we saw Glass in those early months. There was a lot of talk about "Android for Education". Many other things that didn't materialize - yet many many that did.

Mostly, the core feelings were there. People, people, people - it is all about the people. The chance encounters and questions. The random discoveries.

https://events.google.com/io2015/registration
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They changed the registration procedure for I/O last year, and continued it this year. There isn't a race for tickets anymore - you sign up first and then are picked via lottery later.

Much more sane, and much less butthurt if you think about it for more than 30 seconds.

(But yes... I/O 2013 did have the mad scramble for tickets. Tho I think it took 2 hours because the payment system melted down.)
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May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

Registration for the 2015 Hunger Games I/O are now open at https://events.google.com/io2015/registration. You have a couple of days to register, however, so theres no need to rush.

And remember, if you can't attend in person - there are plenty of Extended events that are being organized. Find one near you, or step up and help organize one! https://events.google.com/io2015/offsite

#io15  
Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond. Join us online or in person May 28-29, 2015.
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Let me tell you a story...
...or tell me one of yours.

Our lives are made up of stories, and is a story in itself.  Stories are fact or fiction, can be told by a wandering minstrel or projected on the big screen, are written in books or woven into games, are heard through poetry or prose in many styles, let us experience the tale with sound or silence, and can stimulate any or every one of our senses and emotions.

It has been my goal in life to understand stories and storytellers, to help people tell stories, to explore new ways to tell those stories, and to enjoy and appreciate the stories swirling around us.

So come... sit by the fire.  Let us share a story for a little while.
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I was a kickstarter backer of this store, but actually trying their donuts exceeded my expectations. It is clear that the staff both care about the quality of their donuts, coffee, and other drinks, and want to make sure their customers enjoy themselves. From the quirky and interactive decor (wifi still isn't working on that typewriter?) to explaining every step of their pour-over coffee if you ask, the attention to detail is outstanding. Their Maple-Bacon donut is their signature item, but I have yet to find a flavor from their ever-changing menu that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. I'm not a coffee drinker, but they have plenty of other varieties of quality drinks to quench your thirst. Visit. Enjoy. Share.
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