Did using Picasa for Mac just get my IP banned?
Since I won’t be buying 100Gs on Google Drive anytime soon thanks to their ridiculously bad Mac client, I decided to just archive my photo library to Google+. If you let it resize the photos to 2048, there is unlimited storage. For now I just want a cloud backup of my photos somewhere, so I figured I’d live with the reduced resolution.
My entire photo collection is currently indexed by Picasa Mac so I fired it up and started clicking on the ‘share’ buttons. I queued up about a third of my library to push to Google+ albums, and let it run. After churning most of the day it hit an error with the option to retry. The error says something about ‘short term limit exceeded’. The retry limit keeps expanding has I hit the button, eventually it wants me to wait over an hour.
Fine, I was pounding it pretty hard anyway, I decided I’d give it a break overnight.
About 12 hours later I tried it again, and the error is still there. Arrrg. Ok aggravating, but I put it aside to deal with later.
Then I was doing some searching on Google forums and such and I started getting this error:
A click on the help link yields the following quote:
When Google detects that a computer on your network may be sending automated traffic to Google we may show the following message: “Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network.”
Ok what the heck? Did someone replace all those smart engineers at Google with a bunch of trained monkeys?