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Free at LastIt was not easy, in fact it took a lot of work to copy all of the information that I wanted from my blogs, Picasa photo account, and other places, and put them on my own website and domain.

After all that work, I finally hit the delete my account button, and I would love to say my information is gone. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Google will keep my information for a while. That is how they do business.

If you are reading this, you are reading my blog on the new site of Paul’s Computer Repair, controlled by us, not Google.

If you are not a believer and think this is all Google scare, just think about how much information, private information is in the hands of one company.

Here are the accounts I had information on:

Blogger (3 blogs, and the wife has 2), Google checkout (now wallet), YouTube, Google Adwords, Picasa Web Albums, Gmail, Google Analytics (website statistics), talk (Google chat), docs, igoogle home page, and every time I did a search on Google.

That is a lot of info, and that is not all of it. There are many other “products” that they collect information from. One of the latest is Google + which I have stayed away from, that is the FaceBook challenger, and of course, collecting lots of information ab0ut every user and their friends.

There have been a lot of articles and stories about the lack of fair privacy policies that users can understand. There have also been many incidents showing the power and amount of information that Google is amassing.

Here is a recent example article about the combining of data from CNN

So of course Google decides to help us out, and combine all of our accounts into one. Making the privacy so much easier for us. This combining of all of your Google related accounts will happen on March 1st, whether or not you like it.

Anyone with any brain knows when a company touts how it is going to help you, the first thing is, what is the company getting out of it?

Well, Google is a huge advertising company, they are not a search engine company, which is what everyone thinks of. They sell advertising and data on people’s habits. They have too much of it, and are becoming very scary.

Another thing that is scary, adding to their list of info they keep is the Android operating system they own. Every phone that has it is run by this company, who has every bit of information that goes through your phone. And if that is not enough, Google has been found to have recently bypassed security in Apple’s Safari and IE9 browsers.

I am done with Google. I really like their search engine and I have used it for years, but they have gone too far.

There is an alternative, using Startpage.org. This site uses results from Google, but the info that goes to Google is from them, and your privacy is never breached. Pretty cool idea, check it out at startpage.com

Feed the Need or Read the Feed!
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 | Author:

Now that I have some of you hooked on reading my blog, I wanted to give you some tips about reading blogs and how to make it even easier.

First of all, an easy way to read my blog here, is to put a link/shortcut on your desktop. Simple, and it works. Just go up to the very top of Internet Explorer address bar where the icon of this blog is located, and drag the orange B to your desktop.

Another cool way to read a Blog is with a Feed. You can get all kinds of information with feeds. You can get news, sports, financial info, and read other blogs too.

The really neat thing is that if you use the news feed method, they are all under one roof, and easy to get to and read. I find that if I have my friends blogs all in one spot, it is easier to read them. The only catch is that the Blog the person is writing, has to be set up to feed to people.

If you are using Internet explorer you can use it to read your favorite blogs and it is really easy. When you go to the Blog page, you will see the little News Feed Icon which looks like this.

Look on your favorite websites for the orange icon or the terms RSS Feed. This stands for Really Simple Syndication and it is an online way to publish information to those who want it. If a website has the icon or the words RSS Feed, you can usually just follow the steps below.

Look on the top right menu bar next to the Home icon of your Internet explorer. Click on the orange “News Feed icon. (If it is not orange or you cannot click on it, then the page is not set up for RSS Feeds.) Once you click on the icon you will see a page full of feeds from the site you are subscribing to.

At the top of this page is a “Subscribe to this Feed” Link along with the Add to Favorites Icon (green plus sign with a star). Click on that link.

Next, the Internet Explorer Subscribe to this Feed box comes up, and you can just click on the “Subscribe” button. You can also create a new folder, or put this in an existing folder you have created. This works just like the favorites in Internet Explorer.

Now your feed is saved. To bring it back up, open up Internet Explorer and Click on the Star Icon for your Favorites. You will see your favorites on the left column, click on Feeds on the top, and the list of all the feeds you subscribe to are there. Just click on the feed, and poof, you get all the latest news, every time it is updated, right on your browser!

If you want to refresh and see if there are any new feeds, just click to the right of the name, and two green arrows appear, and new feeds, if any, will be downloaded to your computer.

What I love about this, is that every time I come across a cool blog or feed I like, I just add it, and can look at it any time. I also can put my favorite hockey news and world news stuff there.

If you want to look for feeds, there are many search engines dedicated to just telling you about feeds that are available. I like this site for searching for RSS topics

Also our local newspapers have feeds that you can pick from headlines, sports, community, and more!

Lebanon Express

Albany Democrat Herald

Corvallis Gazette Times

One more tip: You can adjust settings on how your feed work in your internet explorer settings. Go to Tools>Internet Options. Click on the Content Tab, and then the Feeds>Settings Buttons. There are several choices on how often your browser checks for feeds, and it can even play a sound if a new feed is found!

If you are using Firefox, the Feed Icon is on the bottom right of the browser, down on the status bar, and it works essentially the same.

Have Fun getting FED!

Category: Blog, How To, News, RSS Feed  | One Comment