TechCrunch: Google’s R&D division experiments with newsletters powered by Google Drive

TechCrunch: Google’s R&D division experiments with newsletters powered by Google Drive. “Following entries into the newsletter market from tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, Google is now experimenting with newsletters, too. The company’s internal R&D division, Area 120, has a new project called Museletter, which allows anyone to publish a Google Drive file as a blog or newsletter to their Museletter public profile or to an email list.”

Lifehacker: How to Find the Hidden ‘Orphaned’ Files Eating Your Google Drive Storage

Lifehacker: How to Find the Hidden ‘Orphaned’ Files Eating Your Google Drive Storage. “While this is a rare phenomenon, Google Music’s recent shutdown has dramatically increased the possibility users have orphaned music and podcast files that weren’t properly deleted before the service closed, as users in this reddit thread have discovered. Luckily, there are ways to find and remove at least some of those unhoused files.”

Google Worksplace Updates: Find files shared with you using updated search operators in Google Drive

Google Workspace Updates: Find files shared with you using updated search operators in Google Drive. “We’re updating how some search operators work in Google Drive to make finding shared files easier. This includes adding new search operators and changing the behavior of some existing search operators. You’ll still be able to perform all the same searches, just the operators you’ll use for them may change.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive

Digital Inspiration: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive. “When a respondent uploads a file through Google Forms, the file are stored in a fixed folder of your Google Drive. All files are uploaded in the same folder and, thus looking at the file in your Google Drive, it is difficult to determine which respondent has uploaded which set of files. We can however use Google Apps Script with Google Form triggers to instantly organize files in Google Drive as soon as they are uploaded by the form respondent. You can change the destination folder where files are stored or create custom folders based on the form response.”

TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries

I don’t usually cover outages but this one is so large I think it merits a mention. TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries. “Not much more to update yet but we’re seeing and getting word from others that multiple Google services have gone down. Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google Docs are all experiencing outages, with dozens, even hundreds, of reports we’ve seen so far coming in from across Europe, the US, Canada, India, South Africa, countries in Central and South America, Australia and likely more.”

Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files (Mashable)

Mashable: Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files. “Google announced a new storage policy Wednesday governing user accounts, and while most of the resulting headlines focused of a new price tag for Google Photos, an important change went mostly overlooked. Notably, going forward, Google says that if you don’t check in on your Google Drive files every now and then, it may delete them.” I’m sure we’ll be seeing an opportunity to subscribe to a Google premium service to ensure your Drive files are left alone…

Digital Inspiration: Google Drive Monitor – Get Email Alerts When Files are Deleted in your Drive

Digital Inspiration: Google Drive Monitor – Get Email Alerts When Files are Deleted in your Drive. “If you are like me who is terrified at the prospect of forever losing important files that were deleted by mistake, Google Drive Watch can help. Google Drive Watch is an open-source Google Script that automatically monitors your Google Drive and sends daily email notifications with a detailed list of files that were deleted the previous day.”

Digital Inspiration: Reclaim Disk Space – How to Find the Biggest Files in your Google Drive

Digital Inspiration: Reclaim Disk Space – How to Find the Biggest Files in your Google Drive. “Your Google account storage is shared between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. What do you do when your Google account is running out of storage space? You either buy more storage from Google or the inexpensive option is that you spend some time spring-cleaning your account and delete the emails and files that could be hogging up the storage space.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Make your Documents Read-only in Google Drive

Digital Inspiration: How to Make your Documents Read-only in Google Drive. “Google Drive now has a new Locking API to help developers easily add content restrictions on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF and any other file in Google Drive. When you lock a file, no one (including the owner) can make edits to the file, the file title cannot be changed and also lose the option of commenting inside files. Google Drive doesn’t have a simple button (yet) for locking files so here’s a little Google Script that can help you make any file in your Google Drive read-only.”

Borodutch: Build your own perpetual autonomous database backup machine from a Raspberry Pi for $10 and never pay for backups again

Borodutch: Build your own perpetual autonomous database backup machine from a Raspberry Pi for $10 and never pay for backups again. “Hello everybody! So I wrote a post on how to setup free backups for MongoDB. But then I thought that it was a bit too much equipment: you needed a USB thumb drive and an old laptop. And it hit me: I could do the same thing on a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W if I just upload my backups to Google Drive directly!”