Mike Chirico on 3 Dec 2008 06:53:00 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] OT: Why bashing Google?...

On Tue, Dec 02, 2008 at 11:59:13PM -0500, Fred Stluka wrote:
> So, is Google better/worse than most search engines in this regard?
> --Fred
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Google offers tools that can easily be leveraged from a Linux
system. For example, Google App Engine can store and display data. The
Google chart API's are very good for data. Google App Engine recently
added SSL capability. In addition, you could encrypt the data.

The spreadsheet applications can be controlled from Python, Java, C
etc. It requires some XML tools; but, Linux has a lot of these. A huge
advantage is the built-in authentication. You can control who has
access to what and leverage their authentication.

Google code (svn repository) is simple and easy to use. It has a built
in comment feature, which makes it easy to outline, or flag sections
of code for others to add additional comments.

Gmail can be sent from mutt - using fetchmail for downloading and
Postfix/Sendmail for sending securely. Although the content of the
message can be encrypted, the network of recipient and sender can be
tracked. They know who you're talking to but not what you're saying.

Google Analytics, a free service for tracking who views your sites
pages, is very powerful. Yeah, it's giving Google a lot of

True. Google has a lot of information on you. In fact, if you use
Google health they'll have your health records as well.

Google does a good job of collecting a lot of information. I'm not
sure that in itself is a problem. Maybe what's needed are legal
restrictions on how that information is used. Let's face it, some
company in the future will abuse this information. Search is here to
stay along with mining ways we interact. For example, China maybe the
problem - not Google.


Mike Chirico

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