Mon Jan 16 2012 09:36:31 AM EST from IGnatius T FoobarGoogle are the good guys and we need to support them.
I know I saw another article on them from a different source but here is a recent article.
We are there with Google right now.
It stopped applying to Apple a couple of years ago.
"Don't be evil" but Google defines what evil is.
And it's a completely reasonable policy, but all of the Apple/Microsoft fueled haters, predictably, took the opportunity to dogpile on Google.
Stage 1: INFECTION
New social networking site gradually catches on. After resisting as
long as you can as your so-called friends pound you with invites, sooner
or later you cave in.
Stage 2: DENIAL
You don't want to delete your profile--not yet, at least; who would
delete their digital self?--but you filter all the email notifications
in an ultimately futile attempt to ignore the beast.
Stage 4: SELF-REINFORCEMENT
Oops, you switched to a new email client but didn't recreate your
filters. Foothold! The Damned Site is now eating a small but growing
corner out of your brain.
Stage 5: FALSE REDEMPTION
Due to popular demand, the site's authors add personal preferences that
allow you to block most notifications. You turn off the emails,
and slowly you forget the Damned Thing exists.
Stage 6: METASTASIS
who runs a portal or search engine wants to get in on the
game. His new social networking site doesn't allow you to turn off
invite notifications until you create an account. But you've already
turned off notifications everywhere else, so slowly your attention is
GOTO STAGE 1
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.