For this Mac user, Google Drive is just spin. Despite the fact that Google has made the announcement, it seems that the cloudy storage service is still being rolled out. The Google blog may say: "You can install Drive on your Mac or PC", but many of us cannot. It's too bad as I was looking forward to trying it. Point your …
Re: Calm down
They should have known there would be a huge take up as there is for everything from the Chocolate Factory. There is no mention of phased roll-outs or having to request its activation anywhere on the site.
Not ready for me either. I sent the email yesterday around 10 am. It might have helped if Google had said the roll out would take some time and given an estimate instead it's there and ready to go.
Drive not ready
jeepers - what a bunch of whiney pants!
I bet you lot sit in the back of cars pestering the driver with "are we nearly there yet"
Those chaps at google have and continue to make your lives easier because you are too idle to do things yourself. Honestly, if you are that bothered then simply bow out gracefully and find another solution. So far google has given us (for free, albeit some advertising and privacy concerns) world beating apps.
I don't see microsoft giving us street view, nor apple giving us a way to share docs.
No pudding for you guys until you eat your greens!
Re: Drive not ready
Well I got logged in right away..- a few other people seem to have had to wait a few hours - much less than the wait for apple updates when a new one is announced and the phones stuck in semi- upgrades - and it seems better managed with a nice message asking you to wait and a very prompt notice to say when you can access -
Google have had a few flops recently (wave, and to some extent plus) but this definitely ISN'T one of them
Its got more free space than Dropbox - and is much more cheaply expandable than the competition (for those of us who don't want to spam our friends for freespace by referals (I hate it when peoplel do that to me!!)
It syncs like dropbox and integrates nicely with google docs! It meets the competition head on as it is right now AND google say they have more improvement on the way
Well done google on this !
YOu hit the spot
Re: Drive not ready
"I don't see microsoft giving us street view"
Actually, Bing now has a StreetView lookalike called StreetSide.
Re: Drive not ready
Those chaps at google have and continue to make your data less private and steal information
Don't worry, it sucks the same way for Windows or even Google Apps users...
...so it's not about Macs, it's just the usual utter incompetence from Google.
Google has still a lot to learn about customer service and the fact that Schmidt is gone and Larry boy replaced him really does not help this process - it's actually quite the other way...
Re: Don't worry, it sucks the same way for Windows or even Google Apps users...
You get what you pay for!
I wonder what will happen when Commerzbank's legal team sees the Drive logo?
Rant comment accidentally posted as news?
But, for this Mac user, there is no download link and a piece of text on the top right of the screen says: "Your Google Drive is not ready yet."
Well Google, which is it? Is the damn drive ready or not?
Erm. Well it exists as a product that they're rolling out but it does quite plainly state that your drive is not yet ready. I think that answers your question ....
Working - Ish
Last night I was able to install and run Google drive for both Windows and Android. However, the Windows install took forever to download and forever to connect and kept giving time-out errors along with a few more general errors. No such problems with the Android version but then, I only had half a dozen Google Docs in there and, as I couldn't get the Windows version to work, I couldn't see how well it synched new stuff.
Anyway, it all seems a bit shite compared to SugarSync.
"Google Drive is available for:
PC and Mac
iPhone and iPad (coming soon)
Android devices "
Looks like the author and his Mac have more luck than some of us, then.
As a computer user...
I'll continue to use a thumb drive and external hard drives.
What's this? Sharing files with people around the world?
FTP or upload to my own web server. meh. Old school... just gets it done.
Re: As a computer user...
Then you're paying more money for a less robust service.
Easy to misplace a USB key, and if your server is connected to the web, its only a matter of time before someone attempts to hack it, or the HDD crashes, or the data centre floods etc...
"Old School" is not the best approach when it comes to data storage ;)
Same for Windows users, I just visited the link and got the same message.
Downloads and works fine on Android ICS. Freaked out a bus driver here in Scotland.
My drive wasn't ready for me yesterday when I went to look - so I requested to be notified. I have yet to receive a notification email - unless Gmail considered it spam - but my drive has been activated anyway.
Ah - just checked - the email did arrive - in the Bulk Mail folder in GMail - so I never saw it :/
I find it quite funny that YouTube and Google Play emails end up in the bulk mail folder too - and I haven't set GMail up to filter them there.....
Anyhow - Dropbox supports linux - and is being used to backup my webserver, my squeezecenter and various other machines. Until Google can replicate this - I have no use for Google Drive (other than Google Docs)
I think I will be staying with local storage
After all, look at megaupload, and just about any online storage system will run the same risk.
However, google , unlike megaupload, is so cozy with the feds, they will probably have less chance of being shut down.
Course I cant wait to see what happens the first time they have a "security breach".
Re: I think I will be staying with local storage
Local Storage is more risky!!
If someone breaks into your house and takes your hardware, they not only have your data, but they also have your physical location, your car registration number (if parked on your drive) a good idea what your wife/kids look like, access to your bins for more clues about you. way more information than they could gather from a compromised cloud storage service.
Not to mention that your local storage is likely at risk from fire/flood/kids/power
surges/hardware failure/lightning strikes etc etc...
If your concerned about cloud storage, encrypt it before you store it, and store it on two networks (Amazon S3, Storegate and Google docs are my prefered services)
What's the difference between the two, and why do I care? I use Dropbox for convenience, and never store anything I wouldn't want to see in court. Why would I change?
for this "insert completely pointless thing here" user.....
why is it only apple users that tend start articles or points they are trying to make with "For this Mac user" or "as an iphone owner / user / licker".
What you perhaps should have started with was "as an impartial tech journalist / blogger" and then writing an article about about google announcing a FREE service that your not obligated to use, and then not getting it up and running right away and and embarressing themselves somewhat. Or that google are rolling the service out in a piecemeal fashion or maybe trying to reach a source in google and find out some facts or a statement about why there are issues for some people across all the platforms they said it would work on not getting the service while others can.
Or perhaps you can someonhow instead write an article making it all about how you are a mac user and how google is disapointing you as a mac user and how you cant get something on your mac from google that they said you can and how because you are a mac user this is a bad thing and if google wants mac users to be google users and start articles with "as a google user" they had better jolly well get this thing working on a mac for mac users.
Sorry but its not just mac users, every platform has the same issue some people are getting it, some are having to press the little notify me button. the difference is most of them arent as whinny.
Get back into your walled garden you fanboi and don't even think about trying to climb out AGAIN! hehehehehe.
Clunk Clunk Clunk
It's particularly unique when a Version 1.0 Syndrome event results in the software not being even Alpha testing ready, which is the case today at Google Drive.
Way to go Google. :-P
Not just Mac users - mine says it's not read yet either - though it's also trying to install itself to my android phone which is odd as I've not told it to..
I got told 24 hours (ish) ago to upgrade from Docs to Drive on my Android tablet & phone. About an hour ago I got told my drive was ready. No real huge issue, I could still drop into "Docs" mode, and I will only carry on using it for docs :)
Not really interested to give Google even more data it can appropriate, thanks.
If I want online shared storage I'll stick with a MyDrive.ch account - better legal environment.
It has nothing to do with Mac vs Windows.
I am on Windows and mine wasn't ready. They are rolling out across accounts steadily.
I told them to notify me of when my account was ready with it and I got access the next day.
General failure reading drive G:
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?
What a brilliant idea.
Maybe I misunderstand, but if you can't convince all the CIOs to give away their intellectual property away by doing everything in Google Docs, simply give all their staff the ability to back up all their work on Google servers, or is this not how it works?
Hey presto ! pwned.
Google Drive, looks to me like the intellectual property industry's dream come true.
(Or did I misunderstand how it all works? It's just I was wondering, can you patent anything once it's been on a Google Drive?)
Since when did Google grant everyone access to a product/service on "launch day"? I went to the site, read the conditions and waited. I didn't go for the online wahmbulance call like some on here. My patience was rewarded with access via Mac, PC and Android devices this morning.
Get over yourself.
Android user here. And guess what? It's not ready for me, either. Get off your iHorse and stop whining.
So if you're on a Mac...
why not just use iDrive? Isn't that a perfect solution from the perfect company?
Oh, oh dear, oh dear will you look at that... Apple completely screwed everyone who paid for it. Again.
As a linux user, you can't use it anyways.
How's Mobile Me these days?
Are you sure Apple didn't have any problems with iCloud on release?
So Google snubbed you and your crying on the shoulders of reg readers? Poooow poooo wiw baby.
You sound like a typical little apple db.
It was available for me instantaneously on all 3 of my accounts.
Re: Tsk tsk
Would you like a medal?
does it matter?
So around 100 million people want to play with something new and some don't get instant access.
Does it matter?
That's the trouble with something that's FREE - everyone wants one to play with it.
And they have the nerve to charge $2.49 if you want 25Gb of storage - what's the world coming to when people have to pay for things??? Don't any of the complainers realise that there are many services charging twice that for less space, and yet they are complaining about the free service.
Here's a free service - I'll make you a web site for free and manage it for ever for free. But only for people I like. Going to complain about that? (PS yes, I do this for real for some people. Just not you.)
Will the journo report when he DOES get his account activated?
Will the "article" he wrote be updated with a progress report in a few days?
Will we have to read more rants like his?
Why Chris, ....
... not getting screwed as promised? I guess you got used to getting it from The Sacred J on a known timetable and falling off that [Kool-Aid] wagon is a bit testy for your huh?
Why the whinging?
The author sounds like a typical Mac fanboi, whinging when things don't go their way. Instead of bitching, why not use iCloud? It's a beloved Apple service, I'm sure they'd love another of their drone zombies signing up :)
Seriously I wish Google would come up with something of their own rather than following others. I have my own cloud drive! It's called my webserver with 6 TERABYTES of cloud space, you can all keep your pathetic 3 and 5 'gigabytes' ;) All this cloud hype is just a fad, it's all FTP that's been around for years, I write cloud frontends for MegaCloud.
Re: Why the whinging?
I write backends for yo' mama ...
How very dull.
Re: Why the whinging?
You write stupid anonymous comments on forums
Go Google (drive)!
At least the upload speed appears to be twice as fast as that of the two main competitors..
I suppose Google could have benefited of their famous "beta" labeling approach -- less whining (nowadays we're all being experimented on anyway, at least when it comes down to software of general use -- hopefully not so much in case of nuclear plants; military/defense systems; cars; planes and such are involved).
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