Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunny Sunday, Google and More

The snow has come and gone and while we got a foot, it was a typical winter snow storm here in New Jersey.

Currently I am wrestling with not screaming at Google at the top of my lungs. That's right. Little old me battling the monolith.

Docs/Drive needs to be revamped NOW.

As most of you know I am working on a novel. The reason my novel, or I should say novels, are in Docs/Drive is because I have a Chromebook and you cannot work on anything else. I was annoyed by this at first, since Docs/Drive, sort of. Now, I am beyond pissed off. Every single time I finish working, I close down Docs/Drive and the next day I open it, the whole 300 plus page book is reformatted incorrectly. Chapters in middle of pages, indents moving throughout the whole book. I am so frustrated that I want to scream, cry and throw the Chromebook through the window! The best part is, there are writers out there who work on Docs/Drive without a problem so I am at a total loss as to why I am having this issue. I keep trying to work with it, reformatting every day when I go to work so more time is spent fixing the document as opposed to actually writing which aggravates me.  I have gone through Google's forum for help, but it is not like you get a Google Tech assisting you. You get the kind folks who were guinea pigs for Docs/Drive and they try to help you out and while they have been nice, I am not being helped.
First off, they treat you like most people in tech treat you doing the whole "Did you hit a button?" types of questioning which kind of burns my ass in this day and age of technology. The suggestions I have received have been: Clear my browser history. Didn't matter. Clear browser extensions. Didn't help. And my least favorite. Make different files for groups of chapters. Um, no. That will not be acceptable to an agent now will it? This has pissed me off to no end. Others on the help forums have lost full blown sections of their dissertations, book reports, term papers and spreadsheets for work. I'm sorry, you are a tech company that cannot get your document program to work correctly?? WTH?!?!?!?!?!? Yes, some of us are spoiled by the original Microsoft Office Suite and OpenOffice and we all know you cannot copy them, but shouldn't you design a BETTER product? And good luck to me trying to work on my story on a cloud version of Open Office. Once you upload your stuff to Google Docs/Drive, you are screwed. I have emailed them asking them how to get my document from Drive to someplace like Dropbox so I can work on it and not lose what I have so far, but I doubt that will work. I really want to get a hold of the person who created this program and explain to them that those of us who write anything are having issues. I want them to help me, but I do not see that happening.  Next time, I am going to suck it up and lay out the cash for the expensive, but functional MacBook Air.

Okay, enough of that.

This might be one of the best kitchen renovations I have seen in a long while.

These sticky lemon rolls with lemon cream cheese glaze would make me feel a little less annoyed right now :)


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