+Ian Ray “Google makes nothing on Chromebooks”. And therein lies the entire problem with the Google ecosystem. They are not a technology company. They are an advertising and marketing company. They exist and their entire business/revenue model is to sell you to their true customers, other businesses that are pining to learn more about you for their own marketing purposes. This is my issue with everything happening in IT today and the whole “free love” culture we’re falling into. Most any service or product that you get “free” has an underlying cost to it. Not to say there isn’t some very good, altruistic freeware out there, but for the most part that freeware is made by hobbyists who have no interest in financial gain. While I have issues with Microsoft and some of their licensing practices, at least I always knew what I was actually paying for utilizing their products. I felt that my privacy was not at stake and their interest was in providing me with a product that met my needs without compromising my privacy. The business and revenue model with much of the cloud and mobile revolution is centred around advertising and backdoor marketing. So here’s an example, granted of what is now considered legacy media, but regardless: When I watch TV, if I don’t care to watch/hear the advertising and BS I simply change the channel, turn down the volume, leave the room or just turn the dang thing off. In today’s world and devices, I don’t really have any of those options other than to turn the dang thing off. I don’t like not having many options or having my privacy taken and therefore that is why I am opposed to much of what’s happening in the cloud-centric and mobile world we are becoming. Not to mention that having our purchasing and many other decisions made for us through this technology impedes our ability to think for ourselves and make our own decisions?Chuck Spalliero via Google+
While Google does received some income from Chromebooks I understand Chuck’s sentiments. It seems that tech culture has become addicted to FREE (as in FREE beer) and willing to prostitute their privacy.
My goal by the end of the year is to rid myself of every Google account except for my Google+. I’m moving my email ( I’ve had Gmail since 2004 so it will take a while), already moved my calendar and contacts, deleted my YouTube account, emptied my Google Drive, and removed Google Analytics from every web site I own1.
Check out ownCloud.org for a way to build your own personal cloud.