, I have not lost trust in +Google
There is No Need
IMO to switch to an alternative.
There is a lot they are doing, that requires me to "join in." However, it has nothing to do with trust. I can certainly arrange to develop my own tools to do what Google allows me to do on their ecosystem, but with the ease, and low effort, of using their "at no additional charge" products, I will take the opportunity to run with them.
I maybe too young to remember most of the MS products. However I have used Windows 3.1. Even with a Bob-like character who taught me to use two hands to type on a keyboard. I got my "Hotmail" (and ICQ) in the late 90's. I worked for MSN Internet services during the Butterfly phase. I got distracted, then I took a leave #Offline
for a season. By the early 2000's I got back onto the net. Not really pulling a livelihood from cyberspace, I did a bit of the MSN Messenger, Dabbled with Skype, then enjoyed IRL for another stint. By 2008 I decided it was time to buy a Mac. Then I opted for an iPhone. I enjoyed the ease of not "building" my own computer, but, I felt a bit restricted by the "Apple" exclusivity. I went heavily into "Shareware" and Open Source, where I enjoyed the liberty of customization, and lower price.
It was about this time that I switched to gMail, and within two years was sporting +Android
, and I am ever so glad I did. Google, I figure, knows everything. It is not so much that I feel Google is eternally Awesome, and immune to being driven by The–God–of–Money. It is the direction that The Internet
seems to be heading, that is less then comfortable.
There was a time, when it was less than hard to find what I wanted to know. Today, I am spoon fed "INformation" that is related to "Past" queries. When I was relatively "New" to the Net, all that "History" was non-existent. So I could see a lot more "New Knowledge."
For me, to enter a string of words in a +Google
search field, I will probably get stuff related to my profile
I can go to a Library to find what I already know. But to find unrelated content for discovery, I find +Google+
fascinating. (Yes, there are algorithms to "Suggest" people that may interest me, and determine what is in my stream.) There is content that humans upload that I can discover, that is undeniably unrelated to my profile (That is my on-line constructed data file of "What I am doing, or about to do, that is of commercial value.)
If there is any "Lack of Trust" issue, it is found not with +Google
, but +TechCrunch
! Are they trying to work the stocks? Do they have an agenda to manipulate mass opinions to sell shares of one company, to boost the value of another?
I am remembering Apple, back in the early 2000's when Steve Jobs was saying, (paraphrase) Microsoft is not our competition, +Sony
is. I don't remember what happened to stocks of ANY of those companies for those dates. (Good luck searching the Internet Archives by dates ;)Speculation
Here, from my perspective, the article is talking about Google, and comparing them to Microsoft in terms of being a profit hungry corporation. Wasting moneys on frivolous gadgets, and products with minimal shelf life. [ Interesting Journey http://www.technologizer.com/2010/03/29/microsoft-bob/
We seem to be in the end of an era that began in the early computing stages, this is the transitional time from, I guess 2005, where we are leaving the confines of Local Storage. We have been untethered from the infancy of computers, grown through the stages of independance, we have courted into the relationship of constantly connected. Now moving into the age of technotronic–Technology, and electronic devices that enrich our routines and replace our traditional rituals; they become fixed on our person, and relied upon throughout our tasks–civilization.
In 2008, I wanted my next "computer" to be "Boxless." I did not desire to be cloud based, I thought that I could have SSD's, and Drives that would read SDs, and USB sticks, and HD DVDs & Blu Ray Discs. with wireless keyboard and trackballs. Then I realized a huge increase in hearing radio ads talking about Monthly subscriptions for Office. The audience didn't even need to have the program stored on a local drive. (I think it was near to the last time I bought a physical DVD too. I never got Blu Ray discs. I never even bought a player! I am a huge fan of Full length Motion Picture films too! It seems like I can never get enough of them.)
The ChromeBook is probably my next "computer" purchase. I also plan to research Arduino, and build the "2008 Boxless System" I had earlier imagined. Not from lack of trust. But Stubbornness to embrace change, I am not convinced into a move: to fully endorse the cloud for all my storage uses. The use of Google, on one level reminds me of the Apple restriction, but it is The Internet
, there are way more tools than just Chrome browsers available. It is the multiplause of going from Android to Mac, to Windows, to BlackBerry, to Linux, and back to any of them with no real hardship. That is the most liberty I have had in computing since I first plugged away on the Commodore 64! Hello Awesomeness!
With Chrome, I can "Broadcast" my screen from the Chromebook, onto a Large Screen of choice. The lack of "Retina Display" or a limit to 14" in screen size is no problem. The programs and services that Google releases to us, the end user, or even the copyright holder, are done using electronic devices based on structures that rely on infrastructure that was laid down at least a century past. These sources of power, come from generators broadcasting electricity over cables strung during an Era when corporate America was beginning her rise to fame!
The structures erected to feed this power were done at a fraction of the cost, (The wages wouldn't have to be great, there was a depression, if there was any work to be done, that is likely where the workers will flock!) We today are still paying down fees for the "debt." If there is anymore "Lack of Trust" I dare say it is towards the Mammon Electricity Companies!
The Microsoft workers
, naturally, would also seek employment in a "profitable" environment. At least where there is a wage to be had.
If there is any complaints about an unassailable
firehose of money, I'd say it were the electric companies. It could
be wirelessly emitted, and produced with zero mechanical parts. Of course, it would require a complete overhaul to every electrical system used today. (And I consider that this would
take place in my lifetime, and it makes me reluctant to invest in "expensive" electronics. Albeit, there will always be people who will use converters, or patches to tap into old frequencies.) +Elon Musk
is doing wonderful things with storage, and transportation of electricity. Thankfully here is a visionary with dreams, and desires beyond the limits of what is current.
Reading this article also reminded me of TBS. When Cable merged with Movie Studios, and NEWS became a 24h broadcast. There were a lot of powerful figures moving in the seats of boardrooms, and departments of importance. A lot of moneys were being funneled into areas of questionable importance. AKA, The Internet
Today, it is the Goods, and Products that are advertised that bring me to a place of disgust. I am living in the easiest time to be alive on planet earth. In my opinion, of course. If I think I need anything, I can go run to a couple corporate stores, or do a quick query into an online search field–+Google
I find is the easiest for me–then next thing I know, I got what I wanted.
I am not the only one who feels this way either, I have discussed this with friends, and business associates. We can have anything we want, it is simple to have it today. (or whenever it is needed)
If there is a "Lack of Trust," I would say it is with these stores of mass produced items collecting dust on countless items of inventory, remaining over-priced, and under appreciated. I know that I cannot produce these items for the cost I can pick them up, but the lack of quality, and the restraint of originality are gross disappointments. More and more each passing year, the value seems to be dropping, but the price increases beyond a reasonable inflation rate.
I'm not interested in rehashing #Occupy
. There should be still people sitting in the parks, because Capitalism has still not ended. In fact, I too want to enjoy the perks of capitalism. Free Enterprise is what can allow for greater creativity in the marketplace.
If the clients pour the Kool-Aide, and the audience is ready to drink, why shouldn't the glass enjoy the fruits? Google is being filled with tasty treats, and the users are still thirsty for the drinks. The marketplace is still open for trade.
It is not necessary that your admiration towards Google gets shaped by the plots and theatrics of skilled writers. Just as the Maps are given to navigate our amazing Earth (and soon Mars!) Allow your online experience to be enjoyed with Google; for as long as they remain. Through their many developing changes, and structural maturity. Even "Awesome" Google can retire for Mature Google. (FYI Mammon is not the only "M" word to describe a giant!)
It is our choice where we want to put our wealth. Some folks have more of it, and can afford to devote it towards missions to far off planets. Others feel it is more appropriate for robot K–9's. And furthermore, some may argue that it is best devoted to being spent on themselves. I hope that everyone acts with wisdom, and goes above and beyond simple words of a post, that they look past the ease in which parts can become a separate entity, that they distinguish the true beast, and marvel at the destruction soon to be borne.
[P.S. +Jon Evans
thanks for your article. I enjoyed the thought–provoking content!]