Written: October 20, 2019

Pitfalls of Using the Cloud

A large part of the world economy hinges on the Cloud being up and running, 24/7, for 365 days per year. So far, so good, but what happens when there’s a glitch? Just today I’ve had two cloud-based issues:

  1. Google Home Assistant – couldn’t connect to the Internet with WiFi
  2. Google Docs – couldn’t create a new document


Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini
Google Docs
Google Docs

To fix the Google Assistant issue I had to un-plug, and then plugin the power cable, so somehow that got it to work with WiFi again. Strange issue because all of my other WiFi devices were working just fine. I’ve had the Google Home Mini for close to one year now, and this was the first time that it disconnected somehow from WiFi.

I’ve been using Google Docs for several years, and today was the first time that I was not allowed to create a new, blank document. After a few minutes I tried again, and then it did work. 

So, yes, the cloud is a wonderful concept, but it doesn’t work 100% of the time, because there will always be mysterious glitches that happen infrequently. At least now I can listen to my music playing while I type of this blog. 

Happy cloud-use to you.


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HP Cloud Service Has Epic Fail

HP is a trusted and giant computer company with a number one position in laptop revenue worldwide. I’ve been using their HP Photosmart printer in my office for several years now and enjoyed using the ePrintCenter.

Tonight HP sent me an email with a free offer to upgrade to HP Connected, their cloud storage. It sounded attractive so I gave it a try.

HP Connected offer

A cool-looking sign-in page appeared:

HP ConnectedI typed in my Password and clicked the big blue button, hoping for the best however the login simply failed:

HP system error

If this were an amateur web site then I could forgive the entry-level web programmer for making such a gaffe, however this is a multi-billion dollar leader in our computer industry, so I expected so much more.

Many other reliable suppliers have already provide me with free cloud storage:

I wish HP all the best in joining the cloud party, however they are terribly late and ended up at the wrong house tonight.

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