"Google Drive for Desktop" was discontinued a while back and the desktop client was rebranded to "Google Backup & Sync" which is now being discontinued in favor of the New™ "Google Drive for Desktop" :bloboh:

Google Drive for Desktop is Bad and Google should Feel Bad :blobnotlike: 

So I finally switched back to "Google Drive for Desktop" and it's eating so much RAM!! It chews through 4GB of RAM to sync files with my desktop, and then never lets go of it.

"Google Backup and Sync" did not have this problem and served the same exact function as "Google Drive for Desktop"

I fucking hate the state of development in 2021 :blobfrowningbig:

Still complaining 

(and meanwhile, Google Drive is still chowing down on my memory :blobsob: )

Still complaining: Comparing against the old program 

To show receipts, here's a screenshot of memory utilization from Backup and Sync, which has been running continuously on this machine for over a month and is only using 470MB of RAM

And to be clear: It does the same things Google Drive for Desktop does

@mawr google really is one of the most pathetic tech companies out there

@mawr Google's never let a functioning system get in the way of innovation.

@LexYeen @mawr Honestly, I think google has a problem with executives who, once put in charge of something, start making pointless changes for the sake of proving they are worth their payroll.

Then they get demoted, transferred, fired, or resign, and then someone else gets put into their old position and does the exact same thing all over again.

@Zauberin @LexYeen @mawr The incentives to launch rather than maintain are stronger at the team and individual level than at the executive level, due to deficiencies in the performance evaluation and promotion systems.

@LexYeen @mawr Google has also never let a functioning system get in the way, in general, so...

@mawr "New Google Drive for Desktop U Plus X"

@mawr they've jerked mobile access to google voice back and forth between a dedicated voice app and the hangouts app or such (it may have made a stop in a g+ app or something for a while?) repeatedly as well...

@mawr likewise its texting functionality on the web has made rounds from having to login via voice, vs hangouts, i think you've been able to do it from gmail sometimes...

@Aradia Yeah, it's all the same data- just different client apps

@mawr if we reboot the project every so often then old features become new again after having been gone for a while

@mawr because people want access to their google drive on their desktop but they don't want to do something responsible like backing up data?

@mawr just search for people at google that got promoted because they worked and released each of those.

@mawr everything old is new again, apparently @.@

Google Drive for Desktop is Bad and Google should Feel Bad :blobnotlike: 

@mawr if it ain't broke, you're not trying hard enough, scrap the stable code and throw more slapdash at it

Google Drive for Desktop is Bad and Google should Feel Bad :blobnotlike: 

@Mycroft @mawr I've heard at least one person say the reason companies keep reinventing the wheel and making things worse is that at certain large tech companies to get promoted you need to show the ability to lead a large, complex project.

So people keep finding an excuse to make something new, like a new chat client or app, or rebuild something. Not because it needs doing, but because then their resume has enough on it to get promoted to management. I've only seen one person talk about it, but it makes so much sense....

@mawr Nice memory you have there. It would be a shame if someone moved into it.

@mawr Electron, I'm guessing. Nothing should use that much for file management. No fucking way.

Still complaining 

@mawr if you weren't supposed to dedicate all your computer resources to Google why would you have computer resources to begin with

Google Drive for Desktop is Bad and Google should Feel Bad :blobnotlike: 


I'm just gonna assume it's an Electron app, or Google's internal equivalent of that, because The Web Is Eating Everything And Making It Shittier.

@mawr new Google drive for desktop also froze my PC multiple times
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