sorting the wheat from the chaff

Bye Bye, Google (almost)

Here I'll detail all the Google services I've replaced, for future reference.

I'll factor in the typical user, mostly wishing for things to "just work".

§ First and foremost

  • :white_check_mark: Google search -> DuckDuckGo
  • :white_check_mark: Google mail -> ProtonMail

This basically addresses 85% of privacy concerns.

§ Chats / IM

Easier. Lot of fragmentation: to this day I wouldn't know which Google App to use.

  • :white_check_mark: Threema (con: closed-source)
  • :white_check_mark: Signal
  • :warning:️ Telegram (con: some security / privacy concerns)
  • :no_entry: all others (con: no significant userbase)
  • A riot.im coupled with a Matrix self-hosted instance on NextCloud. See here.

§ NextCloud

  • :white_check_mark: Feedly -> NextCloud News (+ async python feed retriever) + news-android
    • NextCloud News unmantained
  • :white_check_mark: Contacts -> NextCloud Contacts, Davx5 + any DAV application
  • :white_check_mark: Google Calendar -> NextCloud Calendar, Davx5 + any DAV application
  • :white_check_mark: Google Notes -> NextCloud Notes
    • :white_check_mark: Can also be used as a PasteBin-like code snippets share tool
  • :white_check_mark: Pocket / any "Read It Later" apps -> NextCloud Bookmarks
    • Performance problems when many bookmarks
  • :white_check_mark: Google Drive -> NextCloud Files (out of the box)
    • :white_check_mark: file sharing, permissions, expire access
    • :white_check_mark: data encryption at rest
      • :warning: encryption key not safe if server is compromised
  • :warning: Google Drive file edit -> NextCloud Collabora
  • :white_check_mark: Google Photos -> NextCloud Gallery (out of the box)

§ What keeps me in the Google bubble

  • Collaboration, when required by third-parties (hardly solvable in most cases)
  • Google Maps integration in Drive (might be solvable with a combo of OSM and other drawing tools)

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