As you may know if you’ve spent any time perusing the well placed collection of words on this electronic pamphlet, I do not care for Google at all. Their malevolent attempts at controlling the gates to and revenue from the Internet repulse me. I endeavor to do all I can not to participate in their party.
I utilize free email. I have had a couple of Yahoo email accounts since the mid 90’s. I was happy with the arrangement of having one email address for information that I deemed worthy of my eyeballs to analyze and another that I could fill with spamtastic offerings. Unfortunately Yahoo changed the code of their email program and turned it into a slow and disgusting correspondence collector. I made the dissatisfying decision to redirect email I cared about into a Gmail account about a year or so ago.
I did not care for Gmail but I was able to mostly reconfigure it to operate much in the same way I was used to in Yahoo before their idiotic change.
This weekend I made the discovery that Microsoft would very much like my email business. Within their Outlook.com website they have created a very nice assortment of programs that I find extremely useful. For those wanting to remove themselves from Gmail they have a created a splendid tool to scrape all the email from Gmail and deposit them onto an Outlook.com account of your choosing. The hilarious beauty of this operation is that they give you instructions to forward email from your Gmail account to your Outlook.com account.
The Outlook.com email interface is simple and, yes I’ll say it, modern. It’s what Yahoo used to be and what Google wants you to think they are.
They also provide you with space in their Skydrive. Cloud storage. Meh. Whatever. What is pretty awesome though is that with this comes access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint, for free, right there in Skydrive. Damn awesome if you ask me. Sure Google has Docs. But come on, really? You would choose Docs over Office if both are free? Please.
So is Microsoft somehow morally righteous compared to the Internet’s Death Star? Hell no. Microsoft used to be the evil force but they now have so much competition they can’t keep their heads twisted on. I like that Microsoft in certain aspects is getting a little spunky. Their Windows Phone is freaking awesome but can’t get traction. Hell even I have an Android if only because of the apps. Drop a few of my favorites on Windows and I’ll be joining my wife with a cool Nokia camera phone.
I’ve had an Android tablet for a couple years now. Certainly before they were cool and everyone was getting an iPad. See, at that time I thought Apple was the bigger asshole. Now I’m pulling for the underdog, the Windows tablet which will overtake the rest eventually. When my tablet breaks I’ll be getting a Windows tablet with full Windows 8.1.
I make sure never to utilize Google’s search engine. They will not collect that search information from me. I happily use DuckDuckGo and Startpage for my research efforts and Bing for Video and Photo searches. I still don’t know what the fuck Google+ is.
It’s very difficult to completely divorce yourself from the Internet’s sewage regulator. I spend a good amount of time watching various instructional videos on the Internet. It just so happens most are posted on You Tube. I subscribe to channels and confess to visiting them pretty much every day. I feel conflicted because I know some of the folks I subscribe to are hoping to reap a bounty of Adsense coins from the ads appearing on the videos but I quickly “skip” them as soon as I can. I don’t know how rev sharing works on videos but I’m pretty sure I’m not helping. Nothing personal I just despise Google bro.
And this is all small potatoes as it were, my friends. Google is developing a self driving car. They just bought Boston Dynamics a company that makes fast running robots. And yes BD gets paid by DARPA which is the Pentagon’s research arm. Why wouldn’t the most evil Internet company not want to siphon off taxpayer money via the military industrial complex funded by the United States government?
Nay, Google can suck it. The lesser evil in my view is Microsoft and frankly many of their offerings are far superior. Start with email and see what I mean.