1. Steal underwear.
3. Make money.
3. Make money.
Spell - that's what color laser printers are for.
There is NO stage 3.
And since google bashing is one of my hobbies:
Yes, right, google uses open standards... like facebook for their chats. Now there are lots of multiprotocol IMs supporting gtalk and fbchat, but no pure and plain xmpp... big win for the open standard.
And yes, they only ask you to create a gmail account for the android devices... I dunno what epic shitstorm would have brewed up if MS made a hotmail account mandatory for win7 installations or things like "Sorry, you can not install Outlook with your Office suite if you don't register with hotmail."
And your "only gmail" account opens up the doors of R'lyeh: Whatever google affiliated site you visit, you are already logged in. They take all your browsing traces and they link it to your search profiles, etc etc etc. This is prime data and I can not even benefit in beautifully personalized ads, since I have been blocking ads for the last ten years.
I needed to create a google docs account for a project to coordinate better. I only used it in Firefox, since Opera is my main browser and I block all google cookies there. When I realized that FF hat autologged me into youtube, I nuked the FF profile and started using the google account only in FFs "porn mode" (strg+shift+p).
In my oppinion, the only thing "open" about google is you as a user. Open like a book to be read thoroughly. Now, the thing I find most odd i in the time of post-privacy and all that "I have nothing to hide" attitude is: why do people cry out if their credit card information gets stolen from Sony Corp., for example? Might it be that there is data you want to keep private? Or do you simply lock the toilet door behind you out of habit?
People scare me with that "I have nothing to hide" and "If you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about." thought processes. It allows governments and others to walk all over you.
At my old employer we used "Google for your domain", we had to use gmail. I tried sending an encrypted zip file to someone, gmail rejected it. If they can't pry into it, they wont let you send it. I also read an article once where Google said, "We decide what is evil"
Can you create a Gmail account or does it have to be linked to an already existing email account?
You can just create one without linking it to another one. But most people I know do link in their other mail accounts by pulling mail via pop3 from them, so they aggregate all their maiils in gmail. This way, google has quite a good overview with whom my various mail accounts are interacting...
I hadn't heard about the encrypted zip issue, will test that with a friend soon.
Google docs somehow tries to convince me every single time I log in that it is in my interest to tell them my mobile phone number or else they can not reactivate my account if I forgot my password... GOOGSOC is soooo caring for its citizens. Of course there is no "don't bother me" checkbox.
Youtube also notices everytime I visit the site that they think I am in germany and they set my language to german, they display this in an annoyingly big box, like those wikipedia begging boxes recently. All I'd need to make my language setting permanent is activating js and accepting their cookies... If they can decide what's god for me without cookie and js, why don't they just do it silently?!
if you buy a vista fone, you _are_ exactly forced to use the microsoft cloud services.
they are even specified not to have local storage or sd cards anymore.
while you can use an android without a google account, maybe except for installing apps through the appstore, a vista-fon is a gay colored brick without a hotmail account.
training people to submit to authority in one more way.Kinda like Google. (couldn't resist)
"(not logged in) Google Overlords crawl-66-249-71-118.goog"
They are watching, no wonder foobar is so defensive.
good and will make your life easier. Don't fear them, if you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about. The government likes to use
A government/business that has enough power to control or give you everything, also has the power to take it all away.