Google Capping Storage – 2021 June

Heads up. Google has announced that free online storage for files, photos and videos will be capped at 15GB starting next summer.

From 1 June 2021, any new files created in Drive, as well as photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos, will count towards the 15GB of free storage included with every Google Account. Customers who go over that limit risk having excess content stored in Gmail, Drive, Docs and Photos deleted. 15 gigs seems like lots for just email, but combined with photos, videos and docs and 15 gigs is just too small.

Those who wish to extend their storage beyond 15GB can pick up a Google One account, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB storage. Or start cleaning, moving, deleting!

Many folks have become accustomed to using Gmail as a giant storage box for their research. I have created labels for different subjects and stored emails, including those with pictures and even big MP4 files, there. The searching methods Google provides made my email storage spot better than Evernote or DropBox! And many people I know, my grandkids included, have chosen to skip Microsoft Office and are using Google Docs instead, using the free storage area too. And how many of us are using Google Photos for vacation pics, genealogy pics, kids pics…. you get the picture!

Congress told Google and Facebook that they are too big. So, Google said “Yup, our free stuff is too big. The party is over, folks.” Thanks a lot, Congress. You just don’t know how to negotiate!

Well, we have 6 months to figure out how to fit into 15 gigs or get a Google One account. When “the system” decides to delete data from your stored files, they won’t do it “judiciously”. Files or emails will just disappear. So, start now — look for offline storage for those treasured items in your Photo albums; delete those stupid jokes you trade back and forth and never delete. Clean your email by searching for mail with attachments first.

I fear I will be looking seriously at the Google One account. But I must also remember that if Congress pushes hard at breaking up Google, I had better be simultaneously copying files to offline storage. The pandemic has shown us that we should be prepared, just in case.

There is also Microsoft or Adobe or Apple cloud storage that can be used instead of Google’s plan. But, we gotta decide within 6 months. Don’t delay.

Updated: to find out how much space you are using now – First sign in to your Gmail account. Then open a 2nd tab in your browser and go to Your data will be there.

Prepare for the next Earthquake

Yes, the 7.1 quake in the deserts of California in 2019 made me wonder how long I could last in our house without help from the outside. Perhaps only a couple of days. We gotta get better prepared. Like water, batteries, and some way to cook. The Guardian newspaper had an article with some good ideas from which I have snapped a couple here. I especially like the idea of a solar cellphone charger. The stash of small money is good too. Read on…

Make a resistor hat and march for science

Scientists and their friends need to stand up and demand evidence-based policy and facts. Science is not partisan. Protecting our world and the people in it is not a partisan issue. This is why I will march on April 22nd. I hope you join in the cause!

Check out this “show and tell” video about the Resistor HAT and the designs that were inspired by it.

You can get a PDF of the pattern by Clicking here.

Thanks to Heidi Arjes of for making this pattern available to the marchers. BTW, don’t underestimate Heidi. She is a scientist in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. Enjoy

Magic Braids

My great uncle Andrew Robeson (b. 7/24/1891 d. 4/17/1964) made leather billfolds and key holders as a hobby. When he died, I was given sheets and sheets of colorful leathers, which of course, I didn’t know how to use. Eventually I threw it all away – mildew had begun to grow.  I wish I had all that leather now! We could make things like this.mystery-braid

These are called “mystery braids” or “magic braids”. These YouTube movies show how to do this braid and make some bracelets. Just be careful when you use the knife!

This is the basic method. (4:27) here

This shows how to measure the leather and add the snaps!! This flick is probably the best of the group. (7:08) here

Martha Stewart style with a string to tie it off (2:14) here

The simple method. (1:45) here

An old guy shows how too. But by this time, you probably don’t need this! (5:31) here

Wrap Gifts with One Piece of Tape

Watch the movie clip shown at this link to see how to wrap gifts with one piece of tape.  You have to click through a commercial up front, and then be sure to avoid the other adverts.  But this is the web site SLATE, so it is reasonably safe. The movie clip is then right under the headlines.

The URL is

Or just click HERE

It actually works!