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Happy Birthday, Go!

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Go is now eleven years old! I’ve only been programming in Go for about 1.5 years, so I’ve only actively followed a small part of those eleven years. Nevertheless I am impressed how simple this programming language is, although new features are added all the time. And instead of getting slower with more features, Go gets faster with every new release.

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Principles or convenience?

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Actually, I’m more of a fan of free, libre and open source software. So if possible I prefer to use Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office. But now, for two presentations for university, I tried Google Presentation. And what can I say? It’s actually not the bad. It is very easy to use. The suggestions, similar to those in PowerPoint, are very good for giving slides an attractive design. And also the slide master editor is somehow easier to use than I remember from Libre Office.

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Google Fonts Analytics

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Normally I don’t link to pages from Google, but the analytics of Google Fonts are quite impressive. In total, over 36 trillion fonts have been loaded from Google Fonts.

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Why I quit using Google

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Kyle Piira explains, why he stopped using Google. He used Google products for nearly everything: Emails, calendars, contacts, entertainment, news, web browser, online storage, domains, analytics, ads, … But one day he got an email that changed everything:

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My blog went viral and did just fine

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Yesterday, I posted a link to a tweet by DHH on my blog. It’s about “Google tax”. Companies nowadays have to buy ads to appear on top for searches for their brand name.

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Google is not a search engine, but an ad engine

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DHH, CTO of BaseCamp, tweets the following:

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Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

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BleepingComputer reports, that Google is blocking some Linux browsers (Konqueror, Falkon and Qutebrowser) from logging into it’s services, “because they may not be secure.”

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Google AMP Can Go To Hell

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This article is from 2018, but it’s so true! It contains a lot of good reasons why Google AMP is bad for the health of the web. To do my part, I don’t implement AMP for my sites.

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Why my blog has NO AMP version

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Two days ago, Owen Williams shared a story on Medium’s OneZero with the title “Google Is Tightening Its Grip on Your Website”. He tells that it seems like Google is trying to get more power over the web in a somewhat evil way by forcing sites to implement an AMP (“accelerated mobile pages”) version. When sites don’t implement it, they won’t appear in Chrome’s discover page or in the top search results.

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Google Alternatives for More Privacy and Less Monopoly

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I hope I don’t have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You’ll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won’t get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don’t lock you in so much.

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