Yeah, I can't code or hear worth a damn, but I can write. If you
want a blog post reviewing software, I can deliver. Especially if
you need it from the point of view of someone who is not
particularly tech savvy. If you want to give me a deadline and tell
me who your target audience is, I'll do it.
I've replace Chrome with Firefox, and Google Search with DuckDuckGo.
For Google Drive, Music, Picasa, Calendar, and Contacts, I dug an
old desktop out of my closet and slapped on Ubuntu, OpenSSL, and
ownCloud. I didn't care for ownCloud's Newsreader, so I installed
Tiny Tiny RSS on my server and have been happy with that as a Reader
replacement. To replace Documents, I've just fallen back to using
FocusWriter and syncing the ODT files through ownCloud, though I
hear live document editing is in version 6 of ownCloud, which hasn't
worked itself down to the repo I'm on yet. I've replaced Google Plus
with diaspora*. I looked into hosting my own diaspora* pod, but that
required more expertise than I have, so I just use a community pod.
For my Chromebook, I used Luigi to replace Chrome OS with Linux Mint
Xfce, and I've been very happy with that.
For Android, well, long story short, I reinstalled the OEM OS on
both my phone and my tablet, but just hit SKIP when each asked for
my Gmail address, and then hit SKIP again when they asked if I
wanted to use Google Location Services. I then installed F-Droid and
Aptoide to get some apps to interface with my server. It's not a
perfect solution, but it's easy, and it required no rooting and
ROMing, so I didn't have to brick a second phone.
For Gmail, I looked into rolling my own email server, but I gave up
for three reasons. First, I don't know enough to get around my ISP's
restrictions. I realize I could install an email server on a paid
host, but the second reason is that I use email in a professional
capacity. I need my email to work all the time, so I decided it's
best left to the pros. As a result, I just pay for IMAP service from
my registrar and leave it at that because the third reason I'm not
bothering with my own email server is because I wish email would
crawl away and die. It's cumbersome, insecure, and a pain in the
butt. I'd like to use Bitmessage instead, but it's adoption is
Where I'm having problems with self-hosting is task list management.
The task list app in ownCloud just doesn't work for me. In it's
place, I'm using a plain text file, a start-up script, an
application called Remind, another called qToDotxt, and an Android
app called Todo.txt Touch. It's a mess, and it's all tied together
with Dropbox, which I'd like to get away from. After the holidays,
I'll investigate a promising application called Taskwarrior to see
if it can replace all this junk and kiss Dropbox goodbye.
I'm also having trouble replacing Evernote. Currently, I use an
application called KeepNote, and sync all the KeepNote files through
ownCloud, but it's not very elegant, and there is no Android
counterpart, so I also end up using a lot of plain text files and
emailing myself notes when I'm not in front of a proper computer.
Anyone know of better solutions?
On 12/09/2013 08:22 AM, Francis Irving
Whats the list of services you're using instead of
Would love a writeup of what you're using and how
good or bad you've found it!
Maybe a blog post for our blog once it starts?
(should be soonishl
On 8 Dec 2013 23:21, "Danny Knestaut"
My thanks to Redecentralize for spreading the cause, and for
Redecentralization became important to me personally when
down Reader. Until that day, I was a Chromebook-toting,
fanboy. Although Reader wasn't the first Google service pulled
under me, I vowed it would be the last one. I've since
Google account and have replaced almost all of the Google
used with self-hosted solutions that I control.
I'm interested in learning about the various alternatives to
centralization, and I'm happy to share what little knowledge
experience I've gleaned in trying to be decentralized.
on diaspora* at: https://diasp.org/people/0cd83c244ac3303a
on Bitmessage at: BM-NBpoGQiAfM2NzHgQoCUY7snwDQ9C6L2A