Quit quitting on quitting google

Yes, that’s right.  Quit trying to quit Google.

I’ve been reading a few articles lately that are suggesting that you should quit Google, some that don’t give a good reason and others that give no reason at all.

Before I continue on there are a few things we must clear the air with.  I’m not trying to convince you to stay with Google.  If you want to leave, so be it!  I’m not against other options but some of these options just aren’t that great and you are probably worse off using them.  If you are wanting to quit Google because they are becoming “too large”, please put your tin foil hat on now and walk away.  You use the Internet for fsck sakes, it’s like spreading your seed where ever you go.

Search

I’ve seen lots of recommendations to Bing and Yahoo.  I haven’t used those sites for years, there’s a reason for that.  Google rocks their tubsocks off.  Granted I know Bing is new but it’s just MSN rebranded with a few visual tweaks.  That also seems to be the “key” benifit for all these articles recommended it.  
-”Bing and Yahoo are spending a lot of time trying to differentiate themselves from Google by working images, graphics, and videos into the search results pages.”
-”The best alternative to Google, by a long shot, is Microsoft’s Bing. It’s an evolution of the Live search engine, and it’s offers a distinctly different experience than Google: it’s far from minimalist, with a colorful interface, content-tailored results pages, and and emphasis on reducing clicks, rather than reducing clutter.”

Seriously?  When I search for something, I want it to be fast.  Show me the results!  Saying that they are trying to enhance the visual appeal over the clutter would be like putting a clean diaper over a dirty one and putting it back on the baby.  Just cuz it looks new on the inside and outside doesn’t hide the fact that there is still shit in the diaper.

You want an alternative, try ask.com.

E-Mail

This is the one that bothered me the most.  So grab your tin foil hat, body suit and shield your house because they might be listening…….
In all seriousness, leaving Gmail for another mail service is quite dumb.  You’ve probably established name for yourself with that email address which makes getting rid of it harder or just not an option at all.  There are ways to do it though, I will however not be going into that.
Most of these E-Mail services offer all the same things.  If you’re happy with one, why leave it?  Explore your other options before you go trying to switch everything over.  Those articles really made it seem like you could do this during your lunch break.  Welcome back to reality, you can’t.

Back to our tin foil, you’re worried about Google spying on you.  Using your information against you.  Um… !  Well switching to Windows Live could be worse than what we think we know about Google.  Some info was posted today about a Microsoft Handbook being leaked about what they do with their information if the police ever ask for it.  They even yelled “DMCA” like a little boy crying wolf which took down the site that reported the document leak that undoubtedly the public as the right to know about.

All in all, if you are that worried about your E-Mail and other stuff being read then stop using any site that requires any sort of login.  In fact I suggest you just stop using the Internet all together.

Summary

Google’s services are much faster and filled with less clutter.  Yes, they had their Buzz issue but Windows has bugs that effect XP that Microsoft takes weeks to fix or say that they will never fix it.  I think that Google shows time and again that they care about the users more than their competitors do.  No one can be perfect and there will always be the corporate bullshit.  You just will have to decide what to accept and either accept it or move along.

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My Resume

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Happy New Year!

Why So Serious!?

Here’s to putting up more of my work so I can keep track of it!

Things to look forward to:

  • Bacula SBo
  • Citrix XenServer Instructions and xe-guest-utilities SBo
  • Windows scripts for AD, some how to’s and just plain old documentation of what i’ve done at work and apps I use.
  • Site theme change… completely custom!
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Extra dep’s to go along with Farsight2

***UPDATE*** 1/15/2010
It’s been a while since I’ve tested the whole V&V with pidgin but I remember that installing these packages did not fix my problem.  Still had issues with V&V working on one end and not the other, the suddenly stopping.  It has a was to go.  Maybe these have become more part of farsight2 now though who knows.

A few of us in the ##slackware channel have been working on getting voice and video to work with the latest pidgin release.  However, so far most of our efforts have been in vain.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  I can never send the request and get it to work however others can send to me just fine.  I’ve tried all sorts of things on my end, including opening up the whole “world” to the inside of my network… Still nada.

Saw that farsight2 required gupnp-igd.  Here are all the packages I’ve build to SBo standards.
They must be built in this order.

From SBo
*libsoup  (from SBo)

From my Slackbuilds
gssdp.tar.gz
gupnp.tar.gz
gupnp-igd.tar.gz

Then finish by rebuilding
*farsight2
*pidgin(i did it to be on the safe side but i don’t think it might be necessary)

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I failed at failing

So today i failed at failing in the #slackware channel. Good ole macavity made me a nice little fail kitty pic.

(10:28:01 PM) Orion: yes the nvidia linux drivers always work flawlessly for me
(10:28:05 PM) Orion: just sh Nvidia…..
(10:28:11 PM) Orion: as root, of course
(10:29:11 PM) agentc0re: Orion: there is not root…
(10:29:16 PM) agentc0re: s/not/no
(10:29:22 PM) ***agentc0re screwed that one up
(10:29:27 PM) agentc0re: /fail
(10:31:18 PM) danc3: huh?
danc3 danklesman
(10:32:43 PM) agentc0re: danc3: was trying to incorporate a matrix saying by “There is no root” but i screwed it up. hence the fail… now a super fail because i have to explain the fail.
(10:32:53 PM) danc3: lol, ok
(10:33:02 PM) agentc0re: /fail –double
(10:33:12 PM) quasar: epic fail.
(10:33:19 PM) fire|bird: agentc0re: lol, you fail miserably. :P
(10:33:29 PM) agentc0re: i fail at failing :P
(10:33:30 PM) macavity: fail++
(10:33:43 PM) fire|bird: agentc0re: yup, you can’t even fail right. :P
(10:33:48 PM) macavity: is a failburger with double cheese!
(10:33:59 PM) agentc0re: ummm cheese.
(10:34:08 PM) macavity: FAILcheese!
(10:34:10 PM) fire|bird: I had a triple-decker grilled cheese about a week ago. :)
(10:34:25 PM) macavity: failburger with failcheese in your failface :P

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This is how I spent my Saturday

So me and Jon worked yesterday from 10am to like 1:30am I think.  We had like a two hour dinner though, we needed a break and some beer.  Here’s some before and after pictures of what we did.

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First

Welcome.  There’s not much posted yet, but everything is still in a working progress.  Just figured I’d make my second “first post”.

Yey!

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