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This stuff adds up quick.  I'm hoping for a package deal.

Fastmail was recommended to me too.

The shame is I like Gmail, but I don't trust the ba#####s.

Anyway, what got me thinking about Fastmail is I have a Purism Librem 5 Linux phone on order (ETA Aprilish 2019), but you can have the most secure phone in the world but what good is it if you are still using Gmail, GCalendar, Dropbox, etc.?  That's a real problem.

I've been wondering about replacements for some of these cloud services myself.  All the good free services are drying up or going pay.  I've been considering Fastmail.  I'd give quite a bit to be out from under Google.

If /e/ can pull this off I'm probably in.  I do expect Google to do it's passive aggressive backlash on this, like try to lock in app developers to only sell on Google Play.

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:09:13 PM »

Heck, DDG is doing better promoting Bing than MS is.

I'd love to know DDG's long term strategy.  My two working theories today are: 1. They are building their own index in secret, while learning how to spider and rank, and will roll it out when needed, or 2. out wait MS (which has no idea what to do with Bing other than milk it) and when MS gets tired of running Bing, DDG will buy it and run it as DDG.

Sounds like there is a Canadian flavored DDG in the works.

Well Marc has shown that you can still build (over 10 years) a good search engine without spending billions of dollars.  (Okay running it is different but still.)  A couple of Brits, working in a bedroom, did what the entire EU could not do.

Now the UK is leaving the EU, but Britain will still have a decent search engine under it's own control, not EU not US not RU, and that will come in very handy someday - if you can keep it.

I appreciated the retweets from Mojeek.  Please convey my thanks, if you can.

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:06:51 PM »
Brad, your feedback was received and greatly appreciated, cheers. It's all taken on board. One of the things I'll be helping out with is to try squeeze a bit more room in indexes to increase overall index size...

Did you notice the knowledge graph stuff? I'd put a bit of that together.

Marc (the founder/owner) has a fair idea of the value of traffic, he's looking simply to get the search numbers up before thinking more about monetisation.


It was actually a lot of fun, which is way more than I can say for Gigablast.

Since Mojeek tweets seemed to be popular I wrote a follow-on post sort of to remind the UK that they ought to rally behind a UK search engine with it's own index and a decent algo.  Ya, I'm sure they will listen to me. :-)

"You don't know what you got till it's gone. We paved Paradise and put in a parking lot."

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:56:26 PM »

Mainly.  Sometimes even DDG just does not have enough deep, long tail stuff and I have to resort to StartPage.

 Where Mojeek started coming up short were searches like, "free perl webring hosting script"  "free php webring hosting script" "bomis ring hosting script" (I'm going from memory here.)  When you get into 5 word searches about unpopular topics like webrings you can start seeing Mojeek struggling to produce.

On DDG/Bing if you do searches like "best linux note software" "How to install ubuntu linux" "best windows 10 calendar software"  or any of those kind of hardware software reviews, lists comparisons, I can almost predict the sites that will come up on the first page: Lifehacker, makeuseof, techworld, computerworld, etc.  Nothing wrong with those just Bing has it's favorites.

Which made Mojeek refreshing, for those same searches I'd be getting second tier and some UK sites that actually have better written, more in depth articles.  Those were the gems I talked about.


No idea.  DDG started out using Amazon alone, then brought in Bing Ads, that seems to work okay as long as they don't track more than the query and don't overload the serps with ads. Qwant uses Bing ads I think.


This is a guy not without contacts and resources. 

He's picked up a translator on the way, his first post you can tell English is a second language, althought he does well enough.

I'll be interested to see what the monthly charge is for the cloud services.  Still, I'll take a close look at anything that's not Google spyware or Apple moneyware.

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 05:06:00 PM »

Do pass on your experiences with Mojeek and your trial via the feedback option, it's invaluable to hear about real-world experience


I used Mojeek as my default every day for 3 weeks and blogged a review. Mojeek noticed my review via Twitter. They linked to it on their blog. So they got my feedback.

Leaving Apple & Google: /e/ first beta is here!

You should also read the preceding articles in the series to get context.  They are moving fast on a lot of fronts.

This is moving fast and has some street cred since it is lead by the guy who developed Mandrake Linux.  Unlike other efforts at privacy, he understands that you can make a secure device and OS but that does little good if all the cloud services like Gmail leak.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Epic Privacy Browser
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:13:11 PM »
I was looking at the list, seems like everyone is opting for Chromium over Gecko. I wonder why?  A few go with Webkit.

With rising sea levels I expect the Feds to start withdrawing Fed. Flood insurance from the coasts and some river areas.  It will be a gradual phaseout.

Hardware & Technology / Epic Privacy Browser
« on: September 18, 2018, 03:16:29 PM »
I played around with Epic last night.

While I wouldn't use it for daily work, I like the fact that it has a VPN built in so your ISP can't track you and I would definitely use it over public wifi.

Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:31:21 PM »
"Empires place their reliance upon sword and cannon. Republics put their trust in citizensí respect for the law. If law be not sacred, a free government will not endure."  -- John Ireland

Forecast = Chance of Riots?

At the least, insurance adjusters won't be driving around with insurance company signs on their cars.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Lunascape Orion: First Triple Browser
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:46:11 AM »
>Have you tried it?

I tried it last night and promptly uninstalled.  That is one butt ugly browser.  It would be better just to install separate browsers.

Skip this one.

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:42:04 AM »
I got an email from a friend in Fayetteville, NC: 11 inches of rain, trees have come down taking out power.  They have been on natural gas powered generator for a couple of days.  But generally all is well.

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