Over at the comments on Use Dropbox in place of iTunes I pointed out that, far from Android working straightforwardly, the problems I posted about here suggest that Google is actually breaking the “just working” file-system model that Android used to have.
Maybe this is in the name of security. Or efficiency. Or following Apple in wanting to control everything on the device through their own apps and protocols.
Whichever, I’m deeply disappointed with this.
(Dave suggested I noted that comment here on the blog to give it more visibility. Agreed, we need to draw people’s attention to this. We can’t lose the file-system as a widely used open protocol for different applications and vendors to communicate.)
Nice Quora question about code at early Google.
What I take away from these stories is that pushing out ugly prototypes of your products will not prevent you from building a world-class engineering organization in the future.
Interesting testament to Google Wave
Jocelyn Paine is one of the more interesting thinkers about evolving spreadsheets. Here’s some recent stuff about components in Google Sheet.
Wow! Manuel Simoni is on fire! with BuckyBase development :
– Import into Google Spreadsheet
– Google Gadgets Visualization
– RDF triples (ah well … if it makes him happy)
– and is this a TreeGrid???
This is seriously exciting.
Google’s whole Gadget thing is becoming increasingly impressive. Look at the dynamic widgets which can hook up to and pull data out of online spreadsheets. You can also embed Gadgets in online spreadsheets etc.
Making your Gadget collaborative is pretty straightforward too.