Isn't "drive" a verb?!
Let's start with the word "Drive". You're first thought might be that "drive" is a verb, but among nerds, it has been used as a noun for many years. It all started a long time ago when computers' screens were still black and just had a small flashing line (a prompt) where you had to type commands to get the computer to do what you wanted. The person who administered the computer needed to know quite a few different commands to make anything happened inside the computer at all. One of these commands was just "drive" used as a verb. This command woke up different attached devices so that the computer could display their content. The devices could be a hard drive, a certain part of the hard drive or a diskette you had brought from home.
Pretty soon this word "drive" started to be used as a noun and the units themselves began to be called "drives" among technicians. You could hear questions like "which drive is the file on?". All those letters you see on the computer like C:, D: etc are different "drives". A drive can, therefore, be several different things, but they have in common that they can store data, just like a warehouse or a barn.
What about the cloud-thing?
These days, the drives are no longer limited to stay on the computers, instead, they have flown up to become clouds. There are several advantages since you can always reach your cloud from different devices like your phone or tablet. Another "pro" is that the cloud providers are excellent at backing up everything and your data is safe as a bird in its nest.
What about Google? Google is one of many cloud providers that you can use for free or as an expanded payment service. Microsoft has a cloud as well (of course) they call OneDrive. You can also find clouds from smaller companies and which one you prefer is a matter of taste. You can think of all these different clouds as real clouds in the sky that float by. The Google-cloud with all its different colors and the Microsoft-cloud in blue shades.
Google Drive is your warehouse!
A common mistake is to think that Google Drive is primarily a place where you share documents and where others can see your files. This is wrong! Google Drive is primarily your warehouse and this is very important. You decide how folders and files should be organized and what settings you want for notifications and the like. I sometimes get the question from colleagues if I can not stop sending an email every time I share a document with them, but of course, I can not. Everyone who uses Google Drive can decide if they want notifications when they receive a file or not.
The three main parts of Google Drive are "My device", "Shared devices" and "Shared with me ”, but it is only in the folder “shared devices” that the environment is shared by everyone. In this part of your Google Drive, folders are shared and everything you do in this section will affect how others see it. If you move a folder, it will be moved for everyone when they visit this device (this barn!). This does not apply in the "shared with me" section where individual files are located. In this part, you may have the files organized one way while your colleague prefers another. You may have a folder called "from Jenny" and the college has one called "from Maria". You can definitely move the files from "Shared with me" to "My Device" to have everything in one place. But now I'm getting into the usage of Google Drive and I'll write more about that in a future post.
I hope you feel that you've got a better idea of what Google Drive is all about and that you might even think it seems pretty fun!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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