Clario’s summary on the types of personal data collected by various companies is a sobering / fun (depending on which side of the aisle are you on) article. Continue reading The companies that know most about you – which ones do you trust?
“This new Google product can’t possibly suck that much, millions use it“ ➡️ Transfer all music to YouTube Music as Google suggested ➡️ Uninstall Google Play Music from phone and go “all in” on YouTube Music ➡️ Realise that among others, YouTube Music doesn’t have sleep timer and no way to switch off auto play suggested next song (which misses mark ~100% of time) ➡️ “This new Google product sucks, I’m definitely not for this world” ➡️ Reinstall Google Play Music on phone and return using it ➡️ Time passes ➡️ “This new Google product can’t possibly suck that much, millions use it“ ➡️ …
A little more than half a year has passed since I naively wrote this (here):
As of 2 days ago, the “holdout” Google services on my phone are:
- Google Music (won’t go in the foreseeable future)
Oh, to be young and ignorant! With Google’s decision to send Google Music to the ever growing Google Graveyard, it will be time for me to look for an alternative. Continue reading Google Play Music ➡ ?
A lesser aspect of using Google services (in a positive spin: one of the utilities of Google) is contacts. I haven’t even realised I’ve set this up, but of course I did and why wouldn’t I have. When I started using Gmail (I’m gonna say around 2006?…) I, like a good data hoarder, imported my data basically from the start (in my case: ~1997). After this I used if as primary storage for my contacts, adding all the new acquaintances, and Google “enriched” it over the years: they polluted it with Google+ accounts for existing contacts, or simply added Google+ placeholders for people that were never even there in the first place. (This is actually not to mock Google: I was a big believer in Google+ when it was first released, it started out good, minus the privacy aspect, and minus the silo approach that Google took up over the years which also turned into the cloud aspect. It’s complicated.)
So now that I realised it was still set up on my phone as contact sync target, it was time to remove it and move to my Nextcloud. Not only because, well, it’s in the cloud (someone else’s, that is), but for the simple reason contacts on my phone and on my laptops were out of sync. At times I even had to type in email addresses by hand, like some savage! Continue reading A hidden facet of unclouding.
The other day I suggested you listen to an interview with Gabe Weinberg from DuckDuckGo (or, as I called him then, Dave Winberg from DuckDucGo, because typo), where he sat down with Kara Swisher talking about privacy and what you can do. Although I didn’t mention it in my post, they did talk about Apple Maps being used as the ethical alternative by DuckDuckGo (and Kara mocking it a bit for quality). I don’t know about Apple Maps, maybe it’s shit, maybe it’s good. On my phone I’m using Google Maps and HERE WeGo (I just realised it was renamed from HERE Maps to HERE WeGo… in 2016) next to each other for navigation. I like the ui of HERE WeGo, it contains speed limit data and it has full offline maps.
How-e-ver. Continue reading DuckDuck(HERE We)Go.
In a way, Facebook implemented “dark mode for the web” years ago… https://t.co/3dHQzpGOGs
— gergo lippai (@gergolippai) May 1, 2019
I cleaned up my phone a bit (a bit further) recently. Continue reading Unclouding update: I’m loosening the Google grip (and other (re)movements on my mobile.)
I know I’m a weirdo: I run my own NextCloud, I use Mastodon and Pixelfed but not Facebook, I run Linux (Mint flavoured) on my notebook, and I have UK English as my default spellcheck language (see? “flavoured”). But maybe you’ll still agree with me when I say the EU antitrust decision against Google (which they just appealed while also complying) is an important milestone.
Because yes, now Samsung can start developing their own search, or Amazon can put Play store and Google Maps on their Fire devices… but there’s more, and again, I know I’m a weirdo, but bear with me. Continue reading On Google’s $5b EU fine.
WordPress gained a very important milestone recently: you are now able to directly insert media (mediae?) from your Google Photos library.
That’s right: I can now directly insert this photo, for example, without having to download and re-upload into my media library: