Dropping Google Apps

I’ve been using a G Suite/Google Apps/Gmail for your Domain address for a decade at least. Generally, this had been fine for me until relatively recently. I can’t do the following with them:

  • Google Fi
  • Google Fiber
  • Family Sharing for Google Music/Apps/Movies

All in all, it hasn’t been that much of a pain but with Google Fiber, I get 1TB of storage that is attached to an account I don’t do anything with, our Google Music account is tied to a different account than my Google Assistant so “Okay Google play (something)” doesn’t work right and so on.

I’m thinking about consolidating everything to a single Gmail.com-based account and setup Gmail to send as my actual email address.

Anyone gone through a similar process? Ideally, I’d like to lose as little data but will assume there will be some along the lines of playlists, etc.

New WiFi

I swapped my old WiFi access points that never really worked that well together for a pair of Google WiFi mesh network APs. No complaints so far.

I always anticipate WiFi connection issues will hit at some point, so I named the primary network “xmlrpc”. The guest network is welcometomy.casa, which, you guessed it, is where you can learn how to access it.

Mueller: Kitty Hawk of Self-Driving Cars

Google announced this week that it spun off their self-driving car division into a new company within the Alphabet umbrella, Waymo. With the announcement, they also announced that they completed the first driverless event on a public roadway—transporting a blind gentleman alone in the car—in 2015 in my neighborhood.

I’ve enjoyed our little Google Waymo friends around the neighborhood. Working from home, I see them driving by the house multiple times a day and get an odd assurance hearing their electric hum as they pass.

It Begins!

The service isn’t on yet—they still need to lay their fiber to the house—but it is coming. We already have AT&T’s Gigabit service—for three years now—but Fiber is cheaper and I’m ready for a change since having AT&T for eight years as an ISP.

It isn’t lost on me that we’ve gone from AT&T for all telecommunication access to soon-to-be all Google. Add in email, the web browser, and the actual cell phone, that’s a lot of data in their hands. I’m still mulling over what mitigation is required.

“Okay Google, Drive Me Home”


Our safety drivers routinely see people weaving in and out of their lanes; we’ve spotted people reading books, and even one playing a trumpet.

A self-driving car has people beat on this dimension of road safety. With 360 degree visibility and 100% attention out in all directions at all times; our newest sensors can keep track of other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians out to a distance of nearly two football fields.

Source: The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car

Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car program, pinned an article on Medium1 about the accidents they’ve encountered while testing the car—none of which were the fault of the car.

Would you trust Google to drive your car for you? I would absolutely.

Without regarding to privacy/datamining/Google-knowing-everything concerns, which are valid, the actual technology of a self-driving car would be a great thing for me. I’m getting four hours of sleep a night. Wake up, down coffee, then an hour in traffic taking the kids to school and back. I consider myself an excellent driver—never been at fault for a crash, no moving violations in ~10 years, I stop for birds who are slow to fly out of the way.

Be it as it may, I realize I’m at an intersection and don’t truly remember driving on the upper-deck or taking the exit. Where was my mind? What would have happened if someone slammed on their brakes in front of me? What if someone was running across the exit lane? How slow would my reaction time have been?

I’d need to adapt to a day where I sit in the backseat and Google does it all for me, but a fully aware, adaptive system that provides me relevant alerts and notices for things to be aware of while correcting me when I lane-drift or someone else starts to lane-drift into me would be invaluable. I’d sign up in a heartbeat as soon as I could afford it.

  1. Do you want to use WordPress 4.2’s Press This with stories on Medium? Wonder why you can’t? A little thing Medium did, but Press This Extended will make it work for you. Just activate it and Press This on Medium to your heart’s content. 

Google’s Confusion

Google is surprisingly knowledgeable on what to do when you have egg, dairy, et al allergies, thus a vegan that eats meat.