Google Drive is a cloud-based online storage service, so you can store, access, and collaborate with your files online.
But is it too late? There are already several cloud-based online storage services available. One of the most successful (in my opinion) is Dropbox. I started Dropbox with 2GB but through its referral program I gotten up to 8GB which is sufficient for me. And I know many others who manage to get up to 20GB through referral. Furthermore, Dropbox easy to use and seamless (auto-sync feature) experience needs no introduction.
So is Google Drive LATE in the cloud storage scene?
Google Drive is an upgrade from Google Doc and it also creates a folder on your computer that syncs perfectly. NICE! very much similar to Dropbox and at the very start Google Drive gives 5GB of storage for free. This means that if you used Google Doc, you get Google Drive. (Easy to activate!)
But when you open a file that is in google doc format, the file opens up in your browser and NOT in your native Words/Page application. This might turn off some users (like me)
Do you think Google Drive is late in this space?
Just came back from a 2 weeks’ trip to China, the startup culture is certainly growing fast in China especially Beijing. I was not able to blog my experience over there because wordpress.com was still blocked. It was blocked in 2008 when I was there for NOC and it still is.
“Self-hosted wordpress blog did not face any blocking issues, when I was there”
Alternatively, there are still ways to blog through wordpress.com. One, you can get a VPN – this way you can access facebook and twitter as well but it will cost you, unless you are in China for a long period of time otherwise try looking for free VPN tunnel. Two, you can simply make use of wordpress.com – Post by Email service like I did for this post.
I would also like to share with you guys some internet services that I faced problems/blocked while I was there.
- Gmail – It was laggy and I had to keep reloading.
- Flickr – it’s doing fine
- Youtube – chose “优酷“
- Evernote – is good too even there is a clone for it (麦库记事)
- Dropbox – is syncing well too BUT if someone sends you a download link it will be blocked. And Yes! there is a clone for it too. (酷盘）
- Facebook & Twitter – as everybody knows, it is blocked. and there are always clones available (人人) & (微博）
- Skype – is horrible!, it was great in the past…:(
So as people says, when in “China” do what the chinese do! I got myself a QQ account. The IM service from QQ is great, video chat is also much smoother than Skype (Singapore-China), transfer of files are very fast as well. And to keep track of the latest tech stuffs in town, I got myself a weibo. Following Tech2ipo & web20share as a start. Here is a site that will be useful if you want to see if that any particular site is block in China. (http://greatfirewallofchina.org/)