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Ending 2012 with Freedom

My 2012 new year resolution was this: And while I haven't completely killed off my google account, I have further reduced my dependence on google. A few things that I've done to help this along with some other items to help my web independence: Killed off my G+ account Installed MediaGoblin for public sharing of photos (and videos when I haven't broken that feature) (also killed off my DeviantArt account) Installed Zenphoto for private photo sharing Started using Fastmail for my email, along with a local Roundcube install to access it Installed SimpleID as my OpenID provider Set up a Seeks node Started actually using my Owncloud for my contacts and calendar syncing Setup an XMPP server for IM Installed Tiny Tiny RSS for my RSS feed aggregation Installed a Libravatar instance (replacing Gravatar) Installed GNU FM (may eventually replace last.fm) Damn, that's a hell of a lot of stuff! I was busy. ;) I do have my gmail around but, it isn't being used so much for anything other than for my Android device syncing…

My quick FastMail setup

I recently came across this notice by @lnxwalt which led to this article which led to me looking at Rackspace hosted email which also led to a small discussion and me going over the details of FastMail again. (What the hell, why couldn’t I have gotten to the point with that sentence???) I’ve not had much luck with maintaining an email server. I did have one setup and running quite well for a bit but, and update somewhere along the line broke it and I was never able to get it going again. Also, a few other failed attempts to get a server going has left me without a working email for my domain. These failed attempts to get an email server going and the fact that I didn’t want to rely on any third party for my email has also slowed down my de-googlification. Of course, I won't completely close my gmail account but, I'd like to switch to mostly using my own email. I had looked at a few of the paid webmail providers more than once and just hadn’t pulled the trigger on one. I wish I would have gave them a more seri…

Google+ - jpope = Degooglify

My goal this year is to seriously reduce my usage of Google services. I've slowly been loosing faith in Google as far as them keeping my data secure. Also, my gmail account has been all jacked up due to G+, and has started getting quite a bit of spam after never getting any for years. Part of my gmail issue is probably my own fault but, I've got 500+ contacts in my contact list that were all people I 'circled'. I must have missed a check box somewhere, probably on the Android app I imagine. :/ When I first signed up to G+, all the shiny new technology was quite nice. The fact that identi.ca was struggling with the 1.0 upgrade approximately the same time helped G+ look even shinier. But, in the end, Google is in the market to sell ads, and by gathering the even more personal data that they are gathering through G+, I'm not sure where they are going to end up. Nonetheless, it's making me uncomfortable. Anyway, I decided today to kill off my G+ account so I downloaded my stream data and clicked "Delete profile.…