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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 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

You Deserve a Break Today!
Friday, March 20th, 2009 | Author:

Are you as tired as I am hearing about the crisis we have with the economy, the unemployment rates skyrocketing and the Government spending more money on failing companies?

I follow news and current events closely and lately I just need a break from it all. Today I am going to share with you some great sites for relaxing and forgetting about the world problems and just having a little fun. Ok, I guess you can classify most of these as time wasters also. Take a break, you deserve it!

Major Geeks – This is a great site that is very safe for downloading of freeware and shareware. Also if you scroll down the page, my favorite source of funny news is in the “Way Off Base” section.

Hulu is a great site to watch movies and TV shows for free. There are some commercials, but hey, TV that you PAY FOR is full of them too!

YouTube is a great site for crazy videos, interesting stuff and very helpful videos. Do a search for tips on your favorite hobby, and there are many tutorials on YouTube. Try searching for something like “how to lay a tile floor” and you will find many tutorials to help you. You can also search for crazy things like “fainting goats.”

Flixxy has some of the coolest videos I have seen. Try checking out the “high voltage cable inspector” and “the spoiled generation”

Pandora is a really interesting and cool radio station/project. You type in the artist music who’s style you like. It then creates a station playing songs similar to that artist, including that artist and other like them. Really fun and cool.

Mid Valley Voice is a new social networking site where you can find local businesses, people, photos and events. It was just launched recently by the Mid Valley Newspapers and seems to be growing. I have set up an account there, go check it out. You can put in the towns that you are interested in and find local stuff. Really cool idea.

Google is not just a search engine, they do lots of stuff. Looking for a photo of the French Revolution for a school report, type that in Google, then click on “images” at the top of the page, and you will find hundreds of images about that topic. Also in Google, try clicking on “more” on the top of the page, and check out all the other cool stuff. If you are really adventurous, check out the “labs” section. They highlight stuff they are trying out and testing. They are seeing if those things will become full time Google things!