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Reducing dependency on Google services

This is a work in progress. I will update this post as I go along.

I use an Android phone which comes loaded with useful Google services, like search, calendar, contacts, email, messaging, social network, maps, news, media, games… I also use some of those on the desktop. Many of those services are very compelling, easy to use, and free. But free only in the sense that there is no money is changing hands. The service is paid with information gathered about you. A lot of information.

So, here is what I am doing to try to give away a bit less information about me. Also things that I am considering, or just thinking about. I won’t promise that it is all practical or coherent.

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Travel plans for 2014

It is March already and it is time to start thinking about organising holidays. I won’t go to Kefalonia for the usual Aikido uchi deshi as the dates are clashing with family events.

My main trip this year will be to Scotland. I think I will explore the Isle of Skye, Lewis and Harris before joining friends in Aviemore for the Thunder in the Glen rally. After that I don’t know yet.

On Sejong-daero

South Korea, 2013

An exhausting business trip to South Korea in November and December 2013. I still had time to explore…

darkriver.net is coming back

I am slowly working on bringing my website back online.

I have had a website on darkriver.net since 1999. It has never been pretty; I am not a web designer. At first it was mostly written by hand with the help of a few scripts and a tool called Website Meta Language. Later, when I decided to modernise a bit, I tried different CMS software like ZenPhoto and Drupal. I have now settled on WordPress.    Continue reading

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge

An afternoon in London

A 10 mile walk in London, starting from Waterloo Station, through the parks, South Kensington, Chelsea, Battersea and back to Waterloo.