Moving away from big tech// Publicado em: 28 de março de 2023
Stop using services from big tech corporations (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook etc).
I want to stop using big tech corps.
I want to stop using closed source.
I want to show people alternatives to the big corp slavery.
I want to find alternatives (even if proprietaries), as long as they are provided by ethical companies.
Characteristics I value:
- Open source
- Privacy protection
- Possibility to self-host
- Ad-free (or responsible ads)
Moved away from Google Authenticator.
- RavioOTP is way better than Google Authenticator. It has better export/import functions, design and is open source. https://privacyguides.org
Moved away from Google Drive and Google Photos.
Minimalist, simple and detached. I am storing everything locally on my laptop and copying essential files to an external SSD drive. Looking for a place on the Internet to have a copy as well.
Locally, I use LibreOffice for documents/spreadsheets etc, DigiKam for photo management and VSCode for everything else.
Email and Calendar
Migrated from Gmail and Google Calendar to Protonmail with my own domain.
I lost my Kindle in a train trip.
Kindle locks you on the Amazon ecosystem, it charges you to not show ads and you don’t own the books – if you lose your Amazon account, you are lost.
Instead, I bought a Tolino, the German version of Tolino, if I’m not mistaken. Now I can buy/download books anywhere and drop there. No Amazon, no ads, no lock-in.
I’m using Calibre to organize my books on my laptop and transfer them to Tolino.
Using a mix of Google Maps and OsmAnd.
I still trust Google Maps data more, specially when traveling, to find out about routes, public transportation, vegan restaurants etc. However, I try to use OsmAnd as much as possible.
Moved away from 1Password to use KeePassXC.
What I did:
- Exported data from 1Password in CSV
- Imported data into KeePassXC (match the CSV columns when loading the CSV)
- Enable browser integration
I manually update a copy of my KeePass file on my iPhone and use KeePassium to access it.
Moved away from Feedly.
Moving away from Netflix, Disney+, Spotify etc.
- Use Premiumize.me to download movies, albums etc
- Buy music with Bandcamp
- Watch movies on my computer using VLC
- Listen to music on my computer using Strawberry
- Listen to music on my iPhone using Decoupled – transfer music manually
Moving away from Google Translate. I haven’t found anything compared to the instant camera translation, so I still use it every now and them.
I quit Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
After a while, I recreated an account on Instagram. I don’t post, I don’t interact and I don’t use the app (only web version). A lot of the things/places I’m interested are available mostly (and sometimes only) through Instagram, unfortunately.