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degoogle

at one point, i realized how many different parts of my life were somehow intertwined with google's services. while i don't deny their usefulness, as they saying goes, if you don't pay for the product, you are the product. and i started thinking more about how to actually move my data and usage off their services. i'm far from being finished - because some of the services still make sense for me to use. but i am attempting to at least slowly move my online self off of their services. if you have particular suggestions, please do [contact] me for how to continue getting off of google's services.

successes

gmail

i decided to start paying for encrypted mail at protonmail. however, after having used my previous email at gmail for almost two decades, the switch is far from being finished. but getting started is half done!

google chrome

i use firefox for 99% of my personal browsing, but often am required to use chrome for the occasional chrome-only website, or for work.

google drive

i started a nextcloud server - but i still need to set up automatic backups.

google calendar

nextcloud also has a contact and calendar functionality which i sync to phone using davx5. this has been surprisingly easy actually!

google authenticator

i switched to using aegis.

google reader

haha, google already killed this product. i use feedly.

partials

youtube

youtube has a clear monopoly on content, as well as content creators. while there are tools like invidious, or NewPipe (which i use) - they only partially disconnect you with the youtube platform itself.

i'm aware of peertube but have not really found that there is a ton of content that i am after there. often when i do find a video, the speeds are so poor its hard to use. however i am happy to see the development's that framasoft are making towards a decentralized search across peertube instances.

google search

i actually don't have a good replacement for this. i've been trying to use ecosia for a while, but for technical information, or hyper local information, i find that google search is hard to beat. i'm ok with this for the time being. i also tried using DuckDuckGo for quite some time, and still use it sometimes, but am hoping that someday, we can do better than DuckDuckGo.

google maps

i tried using open street maps for android, and frankly, it is far from comparable. i still use google maps all the time. i would like to find a reasonable alternative. while open street maps works to some degree, it doesn't really have the business information i often rely on google maps for. i don't think there is a simple solution here yet for me.

failures

google fi

i use google fi for my phone plan. this one is easy to change, so i have been putting it off. for some reason, i'm not exactly sure why, i kind of care about this one the least.

google photos

google photos, hands down, is going to be the hardest service for me to separate from. i've spent quite a bit of time looking at alternatives, but simply organizing photos is such a royal pain imo. however, out of all the services, this is the one i'd like to tackle the most.


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last edited: 2021.05.17