Ivor O’Connor

June 1, 2013

Google Reader Officially Dead Today

Filed under: GOOGLE, GOOGLE DOCS — ioconnor @ 4:42 pm

This is the end, beautiful friend This is the end, my only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end I’ll never look into your eyes again
Can you picture what will be So limitless and free
Desperately in need of some stranger’s hand In a desperate land
Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain And all the children are insane All the children are insane Waiting for the summer rain, yeah
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill — The Doors.

Well Google has now, as of today, killed its reader.  Sort of reminds me of GM killing their EV. Despite candlelight vigils.

Google is pure evil these days. Everybody needs to get off of them as quickly as possible. For many many reasons. Unfortunately many of their applications are very compelling. Like chrome, reader, docs, search, maps, and such. Feedly appears to already be better than reader. The next step for me is to get off of docs.

To do this I’ll need to move my documents somewhere that are always accessible. Something like https://www.dropbox.com/ but with more storage. BitTorrent Sync appears to be perfect. I’ve now installed it on a Windows 7 and Linux Mint 14 computer and appears to work nicely. I’ll be putting it on all my computers. The strong points of BitTorrent Sync are:

  1. Runs on Windows, Linux, and the Mac.
  2. No copy of your data on the web like with DropBox and Google Docs.
  3. No external limitations on space. DropBox only gives you a few GBs. BitTorrent Sync has no disk space limitations.
  4. Don’t need to be online to sync your data between computers on your home network. BitTorrent Sync automatically handles this.
  5. Uses the encrypted BitTorrent protocols for speed and privacy.
  6. Is totally free.

With access to your files wherever you are you can now use libre office instead of google docs. What to do for email, maps, and such will be worked on in future posts.

Moral of this post is that google is evil and you need to prepare ahead of time before they get you.

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