While, technically, using the cloud is the right thing to do, it does share vulnerability. Lately, the furore over NSA capturing the web has made me rethink that. RMS was right. To be really FREE you have to use trusted resources and nothing out on the web is to be trusted these days. So, I have been investigating my lock-ins:
- Google Chrome Browser – while a great browser it is intimately integrated with the web, so I will dump it in favour of FireFox. That brings me back to the Dark Ages of a separate search field but I can live with that and share less with Google. Mozilla is not comfortable at the moment. They offered me a 32-bit download for instance… What’s with that? Oh, it’s those users of that other OS getting confused by 64-bitness… Fortunately they do have 64-bit builds but I did have to search for them… Progress: I have updated all my bookmarks and everything works but it is a bit slower than Chrome.
- GMAIL – I have been using that for ages. I will search for a server outside USA at least and possibly in a region hostile to NSA’s snooping.
- Google Search – That’s tough. Almost any other search engine will be tiny in comparison but I don’t need to search the whole web. I could just index my favourite sites for the time-being… with Swish-e or such. Progress: I have switched to DuckDuckGo. At least it doesn’t track me…
- Google Translate – I use this a lot to search foreign sites. Perhaps I can do without as English is widespread in IT.
- Wikipedia – While I detest their policies, this is a huge asset. I could do a text-only download and use it locally, but I would need to buy more hard drives.
- ISP – I doubt any ISP in North America is trustworthy. I might have to move to a boat in the Pacific to be free of intrusion locally. That still leaves satellites…
I can start this project but it will never finish. I think it will be easier to fix the NSA and its “partners”. 🙁