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6b136fa3Jens Zeilund New toot a month ago

#Services that i pay for

A couple of years i decided to get as far away from facebook and google services as possible.

For facebook, i uninstalled all of their apps. Including instagram and whatsapp when they aquired those startups. I do still have a facebook account, however i only log in when i get an email that some friend writes to me on facebook. This does not happen a lot anymore as they know i have moved elsewhere or get annoyed by my long response times.

For google, i have left behind gmail and their search engine. Unfortunately i am still a user of both an android phone and google maps since they are sitting on a duopoly with apple on android auto/apple carplay. F*ckers...

For anything else i look for open source solutions or "honest" businesses to run the services i need.

#The paid services

For email i went with Protonmail and has been with them for the last two years. However i'm getting fed up with not having smtp/imap access which forces me to their own clients. My subscription is coming to an end and i am seriously looking at migadu.com for hosting. Albeit expensive, they seem honest and will treat me as a customer and not a user.

My code hosting is currently hosted at sourcehut.org which is a bootstrapped small shop that has strong opinions. It's open source and again i am quite certain that i am not being sold. I have not found out whether i'm donating to them or if i am actually a customer though. Anyways. It's open source and i could choose to self host if need be.

I currently have to VPS, one at Upcloud and one at openbsd.amsterdam. Upcloud does seem like a regular startup which i do dislike. But they are based in helsinki which gives me some relief. openbsd.amsterdam on the other hand is very genuine guys. Again it's a small shop that delivers a service and donates to the openbsd foundation on the same time.

In all, i'm sick of startups. I am sick of businesses that only have growth in mind and in so many cases treat people that pay for a service for "paying users" and not genuine customers.

For me Users are people who are being abused one way or another. There is a reason drug addicts are also called users and not customers...

#Conclusion

This ended up like one big rant about the startups and big tech. It's rotten and unfortunately normal businesses are starting to adobt all these rotten business practices.

I just want to be a genuine customer at a genuine business. And i do not mind paying for a service if i am treated as a genuine customer.

Do not track me. Do not sell me. Do not collect more data on me than you need to. Do not make me a user.

It's not that difficult.