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The problem is that (I cannot see) a useful alternative. Facebook and Google have integrated themselves so into the general internet that even Slashdot seems to have Google and Facebook login options. Google seems to be slightly better with regards to privacy, but their recent actions have made me actually switch from Chrome back to Firefox. I've even started investigating moving some of my 'services' to smaller brands, running services on my Synology NAS, or even thinking of hosting my own virtual server for privacy.
I even found an extension called Ghostery which disables advert tracking in Firefox and it is quite astounding how much tracking gets done on the internet. Whilst I appreciate you can't get something for nothing, we (as a society) seem to now throw our privacy more and more out the window without realising the implications. Facebook's alledged phone is just another nail in the coffin of our privacy.
I like everyone else is upset at this. One of the best Google services shut down - obviously their target audience is not me. There just isn't a good replacement for a web-based service such as this (see all the points previously stated) making an Android/iOS app a poor fit, and even standalone desktop applications poor (especially the go away for a few days and all the feeds are picked up part).
I am at the point that I will happily close my Google Plus account (don't really use it) as a protest vote if someone is organising something like this (Occupy Google Plus anyone?)
I hope everyone can sign one of the 3 petitions:
* Whitehouse - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/officially-request-behalf-citizens-united-states-google-reverse-its-decision-shut-down-reader/VRZTd72L
* Change.org #1 - https://www.change.org/petitions/google-keep-google-reader-running
* Change.org #2 - http://www.change.org/petitions/google-please-don-t-kill-google-reader
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However I suggest getting a good NAS and my suggestion is a Synology Diskstation of some type (no financial interest, just very satisfied customer). You have your own server without the power overheads. Plus you can set it up for remote access and they have even released their "cloudstation" solution which is like having your own personal dropbox syncing, so would satisfy having pictures on your own server. Would go to http://www.synology.com/ and check it out. I'm sure you could set it up to backup things if you accidentally deleted locally. By the by if you're travelling abroad please do not data roam, it will beexpensive and very regrettable. Either switch off data roaming or get a local sim.
The 2nd part for which I am waiting is a networked attached storage - I am getting a Synology product, although again there are other companies making these. The model I am getting will have 2 spare bays for hard disks of your choosing, and then you can run a backup on your computer to these which will keep the discs up to date. You can also use this as a file server, as well as a media server, bittorrent client etc. (see the synology website if you are really interested). You can stuff a couple of 2TB drives in there and even implement some sort of RAID.
So you can then have an onsite and an offsite backup with a NAS and crashplan. The 3rd part of the solution probably is to trim down what you store as I can vouch I have a lot of crap that really doesn't need to be saved. Then do regular backups of the really important bits (for me this is not my itunes folder) to DVD-R.
Overall it comes down to how much is your data worth and how much are you willing to spend?
As an aside I never had the ZX81, only the later Spectrum +3. But those were the glory days of British computing...
Because the Arab ghettos are within the death zone of any nukes on the main population centres?
That, and everyone would come and fuck you up in retaliation. Nuclear or not.
Are you sure? If the world politics/UN is anything to go by there would be some countries siding with Iran, some abstaining, some being in the retaliation camp, and then a veto or two against the whole plan by a country that's playing realpolitik. It would be a mess. But the power of having a nuke is that people start taking you more seriously on the world stage