Google is ending its free unlimited photo storage option in June 2021.
By the way: all the media, including this one, has missed a chance by not having articles with titles like “Google is ending!” with subtitles “…its free unlimited photo storage option”. But hey, there’s always another service that Google is ending, so maybe next time.
So, we could say, yet another fairy tale of free service is ending, but hey, this is the fairy tale: who doesn’t remember that other famous piece of tech market analysis — the story of Hansel and Gretel, the two youngsters lured “into the hands of a cannibalistic witch living in a house made of gingerbread, cake, confection, sweets, and many other treats and pastries” (as Wikipedia so graphically puts it.) Continue reading Free photo storage, and other fairy tales.
“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 ➡ ?
2019 was the first year when I exclusively photoblogged over at pixelfed.social, and I have to say, I’m very happy with it. Continue reading Pixels of the year.
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.
On the back of my unclouding drive, and the previous post: in case you want to understand a bit better the “why” for all of this, I strongly suggest hearing what DuckDucGo’s Gabe Winberg has to say on the matter, to Kara Swisher’s questioning:
There is a part in the second half of the interview (starting around 00:34:45), where discussion starts on alternatives. I’m not going to deeplink to 00:34:45; you should listen to the first 34:44 (the problem) to be interested in the solution. But it’s good to listen to the discussion on the solution: there are good privacy-aware solutions to almost any of the cloud apps (Youtube was mentioned as one distinct example where there isn’t), and Gabe makes a good job explaining how, with minimal extra effort, you can find these and start using them.
Now that I finally (yay!) exported my calendars from Google Calendar, imported them to Nextcloud and fully made the switch to Nextcloud calendar…
Okay a little side track here. My typical use of Gmail and the Google Calendar lately has been opening them to search for something in the past — times before going to Nextcloud. So clearly, the way to fully uncloud myself is to actually migrate my old stuff to the new systems. In this context, calendar is the easy thing. Email will take longer because of the size. Side track over.
…I have a shortlist of stuff I want to see in Nextcloud, calendaring-wise: Continue reading Calendaring vs. Nextcloud.
…I’m removing text based social media from my phone. This at the moment means Mastodon. (Twitter and Facebook were banished before.)
I’m not saying I won’t ever use it again, I’m not that fatalistic. (And because I will.) But, let me still add some rationale:
- I removed my Twitter client a while ago (around 6 months, I think), and I don’t miss it. I sometimes look at it on a laptop, browse a bit mainly for news and not for discussion. I figure I’d be able to do this with Mastodon. (I removed Facebook a long time ago from my life. Had it not been for Messenger, which I still have to use unfortunately, I would have deleted my account proper.)
- These days I find that I prefer proper sources over social media. I have a vast RSS feedlist in my Inoreader account; and if I just want some random thing to read, I prefer reading news… or a book. The less time I have, I guess, the more I feel I’m wasting it with social media. (RSS itself is another deepdive topic…)
- Most of all (and yet another topic for later), I listen to podcasts.
- Instagram will stay, for now. Unfortunately the horrible camera of the iPhone has essentially killed my photographic creativity, but still nice to see what friends are up to, I guess. Also, whenever I do end up posting, I also cross post to my Pixelfed feed. At one point that might become my main feed. Or I import the whole content into another WordPress site. Or something else… we’ll see.
It’s been a while, but it does not mean I stopped with my little charade to get my
head data out of the cloud. Continue reading Update on Project Unclouding. (Story time, mostly.)