Skip to main content

On my Mac/Windows PC…Google Drive

Google Drive


Google Drive is Google's answer to a wide variety of productivity issues. First, it provides web-based word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Since these are based "in the cloud" your documents are available from any computer or mobile device wherever you have an Internet connection. Over the last several years, I have transitioned over to using Google Docs almost exclusively for my writing and other data processing needs. Where before I used Word and Excel, today finds me using Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Since the documents are in the cloud, they are great for editing and collaboration. When I am working on shared projects, such as CareerCampLA and other unconferences, most of our work is accomplished within Google Docs with changes being reflected in near-realtime. Version control is also available allowing you to see what was changed, when, and by whom. I also use this feature when handing off my writing to my wife for editing. (She is a college professor as well as a professional writer in her own right.) No matter where she might be, she can give me a quick edit which I can access immediately, so I can move forward with the project,

Google Drive also offers features that allow you to store nearly any file online and share it or retrieve it remotely. A Google Drive app for Mac and Windows allows you to edit files locally, even when offline, and have those changes synced back to the cloud whenever you next have a network connection. This would allow you to work on an airplane and then sync those changes once you land.

Finally various automation services allow you create Forms that can be embedded into you web pages and then store their data in an online Google Spreadsheet automatically and there is also an API that can be used by 3rd party services like IFTTT (If This Then That) to store information from other online services. In my case, I use IFTTT to store a collection of everything I share online into a spreadsheet for archiving and later retrieval.

Google Drive is a powerful suite of tools that I find can replace a large collection of expensive, local applications. I use it in some way every day.

Link: Google Drive

Previously in On My Mac/Windows PC...

Techiq logo itunes

On My Mac/Windows PC is an on-going series highlighting the software (and sometimes, hardware) I use on my Mac nearly every day. Look for additional On My Mac…posts in the coming weeks! -- Douglas


Popular posts from this blog

Elsewhere Online: AT&T's Spam Filter Gets A Bit Too Aggressive

This story from TechDirt lays out yet another reason I recommend that folks DON'T use the email provided to them by their ISP. My typical recommendation right now is to get a Gmail account instead. It also points out why I want to manage all my SPAM on my end, without pre-filtering from an ISP. I will gladly manage my spam if it helps to insure that I see as many of my "real" messages as possible. Again, Gmail's tools work pretty good in this regard. Having an alternative email account also insures you will keep the same email, even if you decide to leave your current ISP. Witness all the folks holding onto AOL accounts just to keep their AOL email address. Thank goodness at least that is free now. AT&T's Spam Filter Gets A Bit Too Aggressive You can certainly understand why ISPs offer spam filters. It's a service for users who don't want to be totally bombarded with spam. But what I've never understood is that these ISPs rarely give the user a

On my iPhone…IFTTT (If This Then That) for iOS

IFTTT (If This Then That) for iOS IFTTT (If This Then That) for iOS My best description of IFTTT, both their main web site, and this new iOS app is "a scripting language for the We." It allows you to set up "recipes" that watch one particular service, like Feedly, Evernote, Gmail and more, and then take action on another service whenever a particular action occurs. I use this to automatically save my shared items from Feedly and elsewhere into an Evernote Notebook and also use it to post automatically post information on a variety of services. The iOS app adds to this functionality by allowing you to take various actions on your phone and triggering IFTTT actions whenever they occur. In the case of the iPhone, initiating actions can include adding new contacts to your iPhone, taking a new picture and more.  For more complete information on how IFFTT works, visit    From the iTunes App Store... " Put the internet to work for you. IFTTT lets y

Noted: 6 Ways to Repair Broken Plastic

Read 6 Ways to Repair Broken Plastic via MAKE: Blog An interesting link found among my daily reading