Barney's Blog

Blog archive

You Got Googled

Google is a pretty good search engine, Gmail is a decent (though intrusive) e-mail system and Google Maps doesn't make nearly as many dumb mistakes as MapQuest. And Google Apps are generally pretty good. All this goodness makes it an easy choice for many to move their computing lives over to the Google cloud.

But here's a cautionary tale from a man who calls himself Thomas Monopoly (but whose real first name appears to be Dylan).

Dylan, er Tom, trusted Google enough to put photos, videos, calendars, documents, e-mail messages and his e-mail address, as well as bookmarks, contacts and banking info into the Google cloud. Oh, and his Web site, for which he paid, was also Google-driven.

All was fine until a Google computer decided that Tom, er Dylan, violated its terms of service, but apparently offered no details. All of Dylan's, er Tom's data, Web site, and e-mail address were purged. Gone for good.

With most companies you can at least reach a real person -- however, the outcome may not always be satisfactory. For Tom, er Dylan, all he got was Web and e-mail support from Google supporters. He finally heard from a real Google employee who tried to help to no avail.

I love the cloud, but only use it for ancillary tasks and for backup.

What is your experience? Come clean at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/27/2011 at 1:18 PM


Featured

  • Microsoft Previews Microsoft Teams for Linux

    Microsoft on Tuesday announced a "limited preview" release of Microsoft Teams for certain Linux desktop operating systems.

  • Hyper-V Architecture: Some Clarifications

    Brien answers two thought-provoking reader questions. First, do Hyper-V VMs have direct hardware access? And second, how is it possible to monitor VM resource consumption from the host operating system?

  • Old Stone Wall Graphic

    Microsoft Addressing 36 Vulnerabilities in December Security Patch Release

    Microsoft on Tuesday delivered its December bundle of security patches, which affect Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Visual Studio.

  • Microsoft Nudging Out Classic SharePoint Blogs

    So-called "classic" blogs used by SharePoint Online subscribers are on their way toward "retirement," according to Dec. 4 Microsoft Message Center post.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.