Break a Few Eggs - Stepping Away from Google
- Google Reader
Of those, only four remain. So, I asked myself, what if I decided that Google wasn't going to be THE basket I put all my online eggs in? Have I followed my own advice and gotten my exit strategy ready?
Yes, but I'm not sure. Here we go:
- Blogger - I'm using Wordpress.com to backup Around the Corner Blog. It is backed up to http://jmguhlin.wordpress.com
- Gmail emails have all been cleaned out. Inbox zero! (I archived data on Evernote.com and dumped the rest of those emails...who needs to keep 8 gigs of emails anyways?)
- GoogleDocs/Drive - Only 5 gigs of data here, so not too bad! This has been backed up offline to multiple hard drives. I currently enjoy 16gigs free on Dropbox (help me get more!).
- GoogleSites - I hate to admit it but I really will miss Google Sites. That said, Wikispaces.com has always been there for me as an educator and I heartily recommend them. Since I last checked them out, they've added some new, nice features! (http://mguhlin.wikispaces.com). Transitioning content over there will take a bit.
- PicasaWeb - Oh, this one really makes me hopping mad (think comically so, Yosemite Sam). I moved my library of 2000+ photos to PicasaWeb because Google's PicasaWeb was going to be my long-time home. Where did I move them from? Flickr. Where am I moving 9+ gigs back of photos to? Flickr.com. Sheesh.
Let's see how much this is going to cost...
- Wordpress.com - Free and it's a cinch to import entries from Blogger to Wordpress.
- Flickr.com - $40 for two year account
- Email - Keep the Gmail account but keep it empty and just forward stuff to Evernote ($50 annually but I use it for a whole bunch more).
- Dropbox.com - I currently enjoy 16gigs free (help me get more!). If I want to really kick it up, like up to 100gigs, I would pay $99. Might be cheaper to keep the 16 and just move stuff I need online.
- Wikispaces.com - Wikispaces is free for educators. Thank you!!!
What's another approach? I wonder if Rackspace.com would have a custom solution? That custom solution would enable me to...
- Run 4-5 email accounts ($120 is what the price looks like)
- Have MariaDB (in lieu of MySQL), PHP, Apache
- Run my own wiki solution
- Run OwnCloud.org (dropbox alternative, free)
- Run Wordpress installation (Wordpress.org)
- Use Gallery2 for image gallery (forsaking Flickr)
Something to think about...
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