Nutritional Supplements Block Lifted on Google Shopping

The block on nutritional supplements was lifted on Google’s shopping engine. Nutritional supplements were not showing in Google shopping results since about mid-August, when they also were transitioning from free to paid listings. I’ve confirmed that my own feed is appearing.

I’m Using Google Drive and Dropbox Together

Rather than choose one over the other, I found a pretty cool way to use them together. It suites my needs and preferences perfectly.

What did I do? I put my local Google Drive folder IN my local Dropbox folder. So, things added to Google Drive (from web, phone, desktop, etc) are automatically synced to Dropbox too.

For now, everything in Google Drive is backed up in Dropbox, but not the other way around. I still have all of my videos, pictures, and music on Dropbox only as I paid for extra storage and don’t want to pay for extra Google Drive space too.

The way I’m visualizing it is Google Docs is for everyday things, new uploads, etc, where “Dropbox only” files are not frequently (or ever) edited files.

This solves several things for me.

  • I like having a double backup
  • I like things synced automatically. Very little setup.
  • I like multiple ways to access and interact with files.

Google Chrome is Slow and Crashing

I thought I was alone until I saw posts on G+, Twitter, Blogs, Google Help forums… The latest release seems to be a disaster. It’s been crashing both my home and work computers–not just the browser, but the whole computer. I’m not nerdy enough to find the exact reason why… What gets me mad is the glass house thing. As much as Google employees, PR efforts, and fanboys go on an on about it being faster and more stable than IE, the more aggravating it is when all that bragging turns hypocritical. I don’t even care if they fix it soon. I’d like to see some mud slung back at them.

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Another hint to the usage / popularity of G+ vs. Facebook

Ok, so I was challenged in my last post about this over the word “proof.” I agree. This isn’t proof, but I do think it’s a strong signal.

Take a look at this article. See how may facebook likes it got vs google +1s? More than 10x more Facebook likes.

Only time will tell if G+ ever gets to Facebook popularity. Right now, I think the heavy users and evangelists are all in one giant echo chamber.

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Some Proof Very Few Using Google+

Something hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve always been very skeptical of what Google considers a user. For example, they touted so many millions of Buzz users, when in fact many of the “users” were simply gmail users who turned it on (probably unknowingly) but never really USED it. So ACTIVE users are never mentioned when Google brags about any of they new initiatives. Google+ fails the same sniff test to me. Many big names I see active on Twitter, Facebook, Blogosphere are either not on Google+ or their usage and interaction is very small. Google is always bragging, but I see very little evidence. In fact, most of what I see is G+ power users complaining why so many others aren’t using the “wonderful” service.

So how does a lay person cut through all of the BS? Well, whilst viewing some YouTube videos, I noticed that extremely popular videos (millions of views) had only hundreds of +1s. All while having tens of thousands of YouTube thumbs ups.

Here is an example. Jeremy Lin video. Almost 7 million views and only 277 +1s. I checked and other very popular videos are the same. Granted the +1 button does not always show (in the Android app or online), but that might be another telling sign. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see the +1 rate is extremely low.

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