Is it worth trying to get rid of Google Microsoft Amazon Facebook and so on in your life?
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@Mixtape Did that to what extent I can (degoogled phone, no ordering from amazon, no facebook services, no windows, microsoft webapps required by school though)
Was a little annoying at first but haven't regretted one bit in the year or two since I dropped all that stuff
@SigmaOne @Mixtape this, basically get it rolling and always try to use a better alternative etc and if you still watch a bit YT so be it(though through Invidious/NewPipe/Freetube etc), visit a Website(with AdBlock), us M$OS(at work if your employer doesn't give you the choice) etc.
Its worth it also it is a good feeling to be able to stand up for what you believe.
@Mixtape they have their place, I just think they shouldn't have so much importance in our lives, ie, they need to get out of the 'social' business and concentrate on serving global services. Only those sorts will be able to navigate the search, security, political and legal concerns at that scale, leaving the rest of us to have our backyard barbecues.
Plus I try to get rid of proprietary software from my life even when it's not from these companies.
@Mixtape some services like Fb i would get rid of in a sec if not for a few reasons that make me have it. with others I prefer to follow a principle of keeping the beast in its place and under control. there are still great benefits i can get from google or amazon, it's the "you're the product" part that i need to worry about.
@Mixtape I'd say get rid of atleast Facebook, but don't get too deep into the degoogling rabbit hole, because it's not necessarily fun either
@Mixtape as a search engine I use startpage, I use libreOffice,
In the past 10 years I mainly used degoogled phone(cyanogen/lineage OS)
There are issues with this(e.g compatibility, ease of use, if you travel abroad a google phone helps a great deal)
I still use windows(dual boot with debian) but almost exclusively for AAA games that are not decently playable on other OS.
Facebook is the only issue for me, because it's the only thing that I'm required to use(friends/groups)
@Mixtape I’ve removed Facebook from my life and currently degoogling. I’ve switched to Linux over windows (except for work, unfortunately) and I can’t afford stuff from Amazon. Pretty happy with where I am at but then I can also go weeks without needing conversation :)
Yes - when you don't mind losing all social contact.
Sent from a local public transport train, surrounded by 95% of the passengers staring at their smartphones. 🤨