Friday, October 21, 2011

Dear Google: Dude, are you OK?

Lately, I'm noticing things in Google services that I never noticed before. Not that I wasn't looking. They just weren't there.

I'm talking about glitches.

Here and there, now and then, there's a 403, 404 and 500. Things happen. Calendar stops sending notifications (cost me some serious money). Multiple logins don't work. Docs and sites interface that made my pretty modern computer crawl (and their "redesign" might turn out on par with Netflix's). Other things I can't put my finger on at the moment. But the alarming trend is that the pace is increasing. And, just like always, Google is not transparent about what they do.

Why am I talking about it now?

Because Google Music, for no apparent reason whatsoever, ate four of five tracks of my favorite Wish You Were Here (rest assured, completely legal). And then I saw that out of almost 900 tracks I uploaded there (all of them paid for with my hard earned money) are about 650 left. And I have no idea which tracks are gone and why. And, of course, there are no logs.

So what, you say? Well, I value my time. I'm not going to spend it to figure out what is gone. I'll just switch. To what, I don't know (suggestions appreciated).

And back to the trend. A friend of mine said back in about 2000, "Ride the gravy train. Just don't forget to jump off before it hits the wall".

Now is the time to start thinking seriously whether it is the radiant Google's future we're looking at, or just the headlight of the other train in the tunnel.


  1. No, you *are* kidding. I hate iTunes with passion (having tried it after buying iPod and before returning it, and after buying iPad for someone else) - don't want to waste time on explanations, but thanks, but no thanks.