"Critics of the big tech companies are often told, 'If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.' I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple."
What happened when a reporter blocks blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple for a week.
- Purism laptop
- Nokia phone
- physical maps, calendar, and books
Want to Really Block the Tech Giants? Here's How
When I was 12, the main way of sending large files over the internet was all the sites like megaupload, rapidshare, etc.
Most of them are dead by now, but mega.nz is still doing fine from what I've seen. Wouldn't that be a viable alternative to gdrive/dropbox/etc ?
Well, I was trying to think of some newbie-friendly option. Of course we have stuff like ipfs, onionshare, nginx on raspi with port-forwarding, or owncloud on a VPS. But it's hard for a non-tech person to use that stuff, and even for your average entry-level-tech-savvy kid who can edit a meme picture in GIMP.
OnionShare is a good start though going over Tor slows things down if you don't need that level of anonymity.
RerroShare takes too much work for a simple file transfer.
file.pizza is okay (when it works) but not quite what I have in mind.
@xj9 @schlink the article series does a good job of explaining the underpinnings and why, its not JUST about surveillance capitalism, but about how it is damn near impossible to opt out of these companies, and doing so is completely inacessible to nearly everyone. even the most diehard "digital vegans" or whatever don't block AWS on a daily basis because they can't.
@xj9 @schlink The thing about the article is that it's not a primer on how to use your own self hosted stuff, it's
a commentary on the social effects of it. The author had some pretty smart people who knew a lot about this kind of thing helping her out. As a digital vegan dabbler, I don't really feel like there was anything really missed in the execution of this challenge
@xj9 @schlink The articles arent really what they appears to be at first. It's not like, oh no, I couldn't use an app to get my soy latte. The problem of not using these companies was solved(ish), the article was about living without them, and what it means, and the consequences and costs of doing so
@schlink I've been trying to stay away from using the tech giants too and I just kinda wound up throwing everything into Microsoft.
They're the evil I know best.
My biggest suggestion is diversify your services, stop using chrome, do stuff offline, use a library for information and get rid of always listening devices.
Oh and support political actions that aggravate big tech companies.
@schlink My Nokia phone uses Android. Another one uses Kai OS, which started to have Google's things inside.
@schlink don't worry, the market will solve it.
@schlink also featuring ProtonMail 👌
great read thanks!
@schlink bs, cutting them off is really easy. these are weak excuses
Nothing to do but turn them all into user+worker democratically run cooperatives.
@schlink this is a warning, a call to action. Not the song of our surrender.
She was also on wburs On Point talking about it if anyone wanted to listen to the story in podcast form.