Technology Issues


bq.Imagine how much better a real GDrive feature would work. Gdrive would offer boundless free storage, with a searchable interface (and Archive/Star/Label support to boot). Sound appealing at all? Best of all, you wouldn’t even have to names your files yourself, so there’d be no overlapping file names (and no need for Folders)! Like the Gmail Inbox, you could find the data you need by Date, or by Search, or by Labels, or by Stars… more than enough ways to get at the files. Maybe GDrive could replace your Windows desktop interface, perhaps using the Active Desktop technology built into every PC? – “John Hiler(Google’s GDrive)”: At one time, there were a whole bunch of places doing things like that; remember “Xdrive(Xdrive : Secure Online Storage)”: But a lack of a working business model doomed most of them years ago. Google does have a working business model and this dovetails nicely with another theory that has been going around.
bq….which is that I think Google’s going to build a Web-based thin client-type hosted environment-slash-operating system replacement. Or at least, they should, and that’s only if Microsoft doesn’t beat them to it. – “Molly Wood(Good-bye, computer; hello, world!)”: Only time will tell.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.