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My new Chromecast with Google TV

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I ordered the Chromecast with Google TV last weekend and got it delivered yesterday (early birthday present for myself 😅 – I have birthday tomorrow). I really like it! Even though I’m usually critical about Google and its services – at least I disabled all possible privacy settings.

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GameSnacks

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I just learned about GameSnacks. GameSnacks is an experiment by Google’s Area 120, its “in-house incubator”.1

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Even Google employees don't want to rely on Google

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Jake Wharton (an employee at Google) shares his process of removing Google as a single point of failure for his data, in two parts.

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"My Adventures in Leaving Big Tech – A Status Update"

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Chris Wiegman shared a status update about his journey to replace big tech with small tech.

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Google will delete your data when inactive

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Google is introducing new policies to cause data in unused products to be deleted after extended periods of inactivity. For example, anyone who has uploaded photos to Google Photos but does not use Google Photos for two years will have their photos automatically deleted.

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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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