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My Android phone no longer has a Google account

This week, I was finally able to fulfil a longstanding goal: to delete my Google account from my Android phone. This is a step in a series of progressions towards “completely” disappearing from Google’s radar. I have been comfortable with the state of my laptop, which avoids all Google spyware using ghostery to block Google… Read More »

Killing the Google habit

We live in an age where information is power. It is so valuable that companies like Google and Facebook are willing to give us amazing services for free in exchange for the information we give them, both about ourselves and others. The cost of these “free” services is the information we choose to provide. Most… Read More »

A week without Google cookies

After my last post I decided to do a little experiment to determine how dependent I am on Google’s services and their knowledge of me. Rather than cut Google out altogether, I decided to disable all cookies and scripts from the Google domains and see what happened. The most immediate effect was that I couldn’t… Read More »

Paranoia and Google Plus

After two weeks on Plus, I’ve decided: * They have the best online photo upload and management system I’ve ever used. * When deciding who to share content with, I usually discover that what I wanted to share wouldn’t be of interest to anybody and keep it to myself. * Stuff that other people share… Read More »

Google Wave Re-evaluated

Several months ago, I posted an evaluation of Google Wave that wasn’t too positive. Since then, the Wave interface has had several minor, but very important improvements that make it much more pleasant to use. If there were more people using it, I would definitely view it as a viable alternative to e-mail and possibly… Read More »

A Reluctant Evaluation Of Google Wave

I’ve been using Google Wave quite a bit since I first got my preview account last fall. I was not as caught up in the initial hype as some people, but I was excited to try it, and my first impressions were enthusiastic. I had high hopes that Wave would be an alternate technology that… Read More »

Why I’m quitting GMail

Lots of people have expressed fear at the power Google has over our information. I don’t intend to expound on that. Suffice it to say that they know more about me than I do. It’s never bothered me. I have always trusted Google to take care of this information. They’ve always been on the same… Read More »

Offline-Enabled Web Apps: The Future

I was reluctant to join the world of web development. I started in high school with a few sites and realized several things: Javascript sucks, Internet Explorer sucks; therefore web development sucks. Fast-forward through a couple academic degrees. Job hunting with one requirement: Python. Python jobs all require Django. So I learned Django, assuming, incorrectly,… Read More »