“People don’t fully appreciate that the reason we have Google and Facebook today is because there was an antitrust enforcement action against Microsoft that slowed down the ability of Microsoft to monopolize the internet, the browsers, the data, search, and so on,” said Luigi Zingales, finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “Today’s monopolies are yesterday’s startups. In a good system, this keeps changing.”
Doing a file system upgrade like that without any issues is pretty amazing. It reminds me of when Google did a live upgrade/switch from Red Hat to Debian.
People are brave.
I’ve played with the hosted Sandstorm and I want to get it running on a server. But the business (and soon enterprise) versions are very interesting. Especially in education, where Google products have sometimes raised some concerns. This is a great option for privacy-conscious organizations.
Farhad Manjoo starts off his column comparing the big five tech companies by asking which of them is losing and concluding none of them are. But the consumers locked in by them are losing. I thought that’s worth mentioning.
I hope this gets more people, myself included, thinking about encryption and email. However, I really hope Google doesn’t become the face of this. Because while it’s great they want to protect us from prying eyes beyond their servers, we shouldn’t forget everything Google can see from the inside.
This is old but the process is fascinating.
It’s tough getting Google out of your life—especially if you use an Android phone. But I’m slowly shedding Google services. I even see an exit strategy for getting off of Google Calendar.
It might be impossible to get out of Google completely, but that’s OK. Just reducing the number of eggs in the Google basket is a healthy project worth considering.
Interesting take on Microsoft making moves to nab the next generation of users. I have to say that Microsoft’s consumer-facing services are pretty great. And my dad just showed me Windows 10 and he already loves it. So we shouldn’t count Microsoft out against Apple and Google.
A future where you have to choose between Google or Apple? I’m choosing neither…