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 one.google.com/storage. Your data will be there.


Good Flics 3

Here are 14 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Netflix. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

A Life On Our Planet
Altered Carbon
Carrie Pilby
Collateral
Criminal UK
Hunt for the Wilder people
I Am Mother
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Lost In Space
Stranger Things
The Old Guard *
The Social Dilemma
Time Trap
Travelers

Good Flics 2

Here are 19 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Amazon Prime. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

2036 Origin Unknown
7500
An Angel for May
Assassins 33 AD
Automata
Cosmos
Electric Mist
Expanse
Knives Out
Odd Thomas
Patriot Act **
Peanut Butter Falcon
Project X
Safe
Spare Parts
The Cold Equations
The Vast of Night
The Word
Traveling Salesman

Best Biscuits We’ve Ever Had

We saw a T-V cooking show somewhen and wrote this recipe down to try.  Sorry, we can’t remember the name of the show to give credit.  But these are really good, especially lathered in butter!

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cream

Preheat oven to 450.

Whisk together dry ingredients.  Heat cream in microwave for 1 minute.  Add to dry ingredients and mix (should be sticky).

Using 1/3 cup measure, spray with oil and scoop biscuit dough pressing against side.   Drop onto baking sheet lined with parchment.

Put in oven and bake 10-12 minutes.  Brush with 2 tbsp. melted butter.   Cool 5 minutes.

 

Parabon Genetic Study

The other day in a mail consolidator I am a member of, Ce Ce Moore left a request for volunteers to help the company she works for improve their system that generates estimated phenotype traits for their customers.

Do you want to help Parabon fight crime and advance science? If so, please consider joining the Snapshot DNA Phenotypic Trait and Ancestry Study. All you need is (1) an iPhone and (2) a little bit of uninterrupted time to complete the in-app instructions. If you have an existing genotype file from a consumer testing site (e.g., 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, etc.), you can donate it to the study too and elect to receive a free Snapshot DNA Ancestry Analysis report. To learn more visit: https://parabon-nanolabs.com/volunteer/. If you have any questions or don’t have an iPhone, please check out the FAQs linked on that page. For questions not answered in the FAQ’s please email: snapshot-research@parabon.com

The goal is to improve the algorithms overall using aggregated data from the participants, not to add to a genetic genealogy database to identify specific suspects through genealogy (please upload to GEDMatch and or FTDNA if you want to contribute in that way). A lot of questions about the Parabon Snapshot study are answered here:
https://parabon-nanolabs.com/volunteer/study-faq?fbclid=IwAR11EBfdN2zF2_SgPH1RagVynvZzdP8tKzhqA4H3y6Dz5j8YW1bzVNMnB0c#no-iphone

Ce Ce Moore
http://www.TheDNADetectives.com