Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Looks Like Google Drive Is A Bit Shit After All...

Thank goodness for Evernote. It can cope with a dozen pages where Google Drive nee Docs can't cut the mustard.

I was busy collating some info from website for reference. A page from here. A page from there and wham, 'trying to contact'. Oh no, I thought, my internet's gone down. Not so. Learning from experience I quickly selected all and copied to the clip board. A re-fresh of Drive and I re-loaded the now empty document. No problem. Paste. 'Trying....' - yeah not very hard by the looks of it. Anyway, I tried two more times but Google Drive nee Docs was not having any of it. Cue Evernote to step up to the plate and it handled the paste without hesitation. OK, I lost a bit of formatting but at least it has the balls for it.

I often rave about Google but not being able to handle a not too large file is bad, really bad. I've only ever used it for two or three page documents. It should be able to handle a bit of cut and paste without issue but it can't. There's no way it can take on Microsoft as it is - and I thought it could, I really did. Most annoying as I've moved quite a lot of my stuff across but I can't face using one service for everything bar a few bits it can't cope with. That's shit. I want one service to rule them all. Google Drive - Epic Fail. Bless Evernote and all who sail in her...

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fair Play To TalkTalk

After having whinged about TalkTalk's poor contention ratios and low bandwidth at peak time things have improved remarkably. Well done to them. They monitored my tweet and shortly after my peak time bandwidth improved massively. It's now close to off peak rates. Have to say it was unexpected but very welcome. Streaming movies are back on the menu. Thumbs up to TalkTalk. Credit where credits due.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Do You Really Want TalkTalk?

Well, do you punk? If you don't mind low bandwidth at peak times - and yes, I do mean low - then you best avoid. Me, I'd like decent bandwidth but I can live without peak time streaming of movies. Okay, sometimes I'd like to fire up a streamed movie but alas, with TalkTalk, that can't happen unless I want to wait till midnight...

If you can live with the low bandwidth then you'll be alright. It is, after all, cheap and cheerful - without much of the cheer. For basic internet it's fine. My connection is up most of the time. Ultimately, it all comes down to whether you want a consistent, high bandwidth or you can live with the ups and downs of peak time lows. For the number of times I feel like streaming a movie, I'll just do without a fast, reliable link to the net and stick to saving a few quid with CheapCheap - oops, I mean, TalkTalk. Hopefully in the future there will come a time when such slow broadband is a thing of the past and we can all be connected to the superhighway...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Beginning To Lose Faith In Google

It's now been 6 months+ since Google launched their 'plus' social thang and there's still no way to post to it from other services, aka API write access. With twitter and facebook there are hundreds of tools that can cross post automatically. To. From. Any which way you want. But, oh no, not Google. Either write direct to your plus stream or don't post at all.

Now don't get me wrong I really like the look of Google plus but the fact I can use any number of tools - currently using - to post my Blogger posts to Twitter and Facebook automatically. Nothing required. Post to Blogger. Wham, there they are on T & F. To get them onto Google requires extra steps. At the moment I am making the effort to get those posts across to G+ but since the 'Blogger Share' route doesn't work on all my devices I'm getting seriously bored of having to go the extra mile just for G+. After all, most of my social interactions are on Facebook anyway, so what's the point? I'd like G+ to survive but until they realise they are only a legend in their own minds and not ours I think G+ is destined to go the way of Wave and many of there other experiments. They're aren't god of the internet and they need to realise that...

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Am I The Only One Who Ignores Online Ads?

It's more than that with me. I don't really ignore them, I don't really even see them. So Facebook is worth 100 billion for the Ads? Is it? There must be some really gullible souls out there. I don't think I've ever had the urge to buy from a Facebook advert, or a google one for that matter. TV is a much stronger medium for sucking me in - and even then it's generally things within a programme rather than the ads themselves. I predict that if anyone stumps up 100 billion for FB they will lose money. I pity them, for they are stupid.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Google+ API?

I like Google+, I really do but it really pisses me off that I can't post to it from one of the combined services. If it releases the ability to post to it from other services it could gain traction but for me it's a pain in the ass to common post to twitter + facebook and then make a special effort to post to google+. What that means in real life is that all my posts go to twitter and facebook while those I can be arsed to re-post go to Google+. I hope google+ catches on but if they can't be arsed to release an API for third party posts then I hope it doesn't. Come on google, you aren't facebook and without a proper API that's just where you'll stay. You need to be less cocky...