Google is diversifying its single-minded attitude to own us all – material or not. It has just introduced a computer device, the Chromebook, which comes in two versions: one without any local memory and another with some local memory. In other words, this is a new device from Google, asking you to store your information on Google cloud.
What made us pay attention at TPV was the following specification: the Chromebook comes with 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage. The information is followed by a miniscule footnote, which says in small letters that the 100 GB of free storage is valid for 2 years, starting on the date you redeem the Drive offer. As if that was not enough bad news, it was further explained if you noticed the “Learn more” click. If you did, then you would have clicked on it, and would have learned that:
- How long is this Drive storage offer valid?
You will have 100 GB of free storage for 2 years, starting on the date you redeem the offer.
- What happens to my files on Drive after 2 years?
All of your files will remain in Drive and you can access them whenever you want. You won’t be able to add additional files unless you buy more storage at www.google.com/settings/storage.
This is not all it says there, that’s bad news. Nevertheless, you must accept that the plan to own you all material or not has a lot of chutzpah. TPV promises to keep you informed about how this plan will work, and email you on your Gmail account, hoping you will get it even if it may contain bad news.