When the Cloud is Offline

By Google Inc. (https://developers.google.com/drive/branding) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsGoogle Drive apparently went down for a couple of hours this morning.  (I missed it. I was in a meeting.)  This is a good reminder that you need to maintain the ability to work with your documents when the Internet or the cloud service itself is unavailable.  Google has a page about setting up offline access for Google Drive documents.  Do it now while you’re thinking about it.

On the Mac, the Google Drive app created a folder in my home folder containing all of my Drive files with extenions like “.gdoc”, “.gslides” and “.gsheet”.   I presume that offline Google Drive works the same way on Windows.  On Linux, I enabled offline access from the web, then installed a Chrome app.