Thursday, October 31, 2013

Google is Getting Problematic

First off, let me say that my previous post about dropping Google Drive is mostly due to it's lack of Linux support. It's true I have a few issues with the service, such as it's insisting to convert documents in it's web interface, and being unable to even edit text files in-browser without converting them.  My biggest problem though is that it's sync isn't truly cross platform.

They've now introduced a new account sign-in page.  It sucks.  It saves all of the user names logged in with automatically, even if you un-check "stay signed in".  That means if someone logs into their email from your computer, then their account is listed on your sign in page (it can be easily removed, but it's a nuisance).  I have to juggle a few Google accounts for work, and I don't want any of them being displayed on my computer.  I don't want someone who's checking something on my computer to even know what the work accounts are, as that could compromise their security (and get me in trouble).

To remove a user name from the sign-in page: once you have logged out, your most recent user name is filled in with the password field blank.  You have to click on "Sign in with a different account", then click "Remove," then click on the "x" next to the account you don't want to be displayed on your computer.  You have to do this every time you use that user name.  To be honest, I don't want any of them to be perpetually displayed.

There's an easy solution here.  Let users specify by account whether or not I want it saved on the sign-in page. I would disable all of them, honestly, but it's still a simple and elegant solution that should meet everyone's needs.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Done with Google Drive

Well, I'm done with Google Drive.  Over the past few weeks I've set up a few family members with Google Drive to sync their pictures, for no reason other than Google Drive offers the most storage space for free (that I'm aware of).

Personally, however, I can't use Drive for my files anymore, as every task I perform for my job is now possible in Ubuntu on my Samsung Arm Chromebook.  I use Windows primarily for gaming at this point, and Google Drive doesn't have a linux client.

I was getting by using grive, but it started giving me backtalk a few weeks ago, stopping in the middle of syncs.  I'd have to restart the program a few times to get everything synced.  Today I started a new chroot with Ubuntu 13.10, and grive isn't working at all.  This may be due to the fact that I can't seem to find an arm version of grive newer than 0.2.  There are a couple ppas that have version 0.3 built, but not for arm.

I spent maybe a half hour or more trying to build it myself when I remembered that Google Drive is kind of shitty anyway, and why not just use Ubuntu One, which is available on arm?

So I'm using Ubuntu One.  I'll get around to installing it on my Windows PC eventually, though I also need to make sure to switch FolderSync on my phone to syncing from Drive to sync from Ubuntu One.  I do find it funny that Android has FolderSync, which can sync with almost every cloud service, but Ubuntu has nothing like it, as far as I know.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bad Preview

Does anyone else have problems with Blogger's preview function is?  First, it doesn't always work depending on your template.  I was trying it out on a blogger supplied template and it was only showing the main page of the blog, and only occasionally would the post I wanted to preview roll down from the top of the screen.

That's not it.  The biggest issue is the inability to click links in a preview.  When I had a Wordpress blog, I'd open up a preview and click on every link just to make sure I didn't make any typos or link to the wrong page.  It's an old habit and a good one, I think, but it doesn't work with Blogger.

That is all,


PS - I also hate that when I search for blogger workarounds, Google brings me results for blogs in general, results that can't help me at all.  Almost as frustrating as Google's old habit of assuming I meant "outline" (and occasionally "outlier") when I typed "outliner".

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chromebook Addendum (JEdit)

Just a little bit ago I finally posted an article on my buying and setting up a Chromebook.  There are two addenda.  One thing I forgot to add, and one thing that's just changed.

Friday, October 11, 2013


Have I mentioned yet here that I bought a Chromebook?  No, I don't think so.  Well, I bought a Chromebook.  One of those Samsung ARM books (They're called Series 3, sometimes).  I went from a Chrubuntu install (dual boot Xubuntu and ChromeOS) to a straight Arch Linux install (deleting ChromeOS off completely) to a Crouton install (Ubuntu running at the same time as ChromeOS).

Originally I shied away from Crouton, because I worried that it might not be as battery-friendly (two OSes running at once). I haven't put the battery through the paces yet, but it seems to be holding it's own.  I also didn't try it first because it seemed like a temporary solution.  I had no interest in using ChromeOS, so why shouldn't I just dual boot?

Well, here's what I learned: