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    Do you make a conscious effort to avoid using Google, Amazon and the rest or just accept that they're the dominant force at this point and go for convenience?

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    i tried https://www.startpage.com/ as an alternative for google but i changed back recently, it just doesn't work as good. i use https://www.booklooker.de/ to find books, it searches through a database of online shops, antiquariats and other outlets for new and second hand. i guess https://www.bookfinder.com/ would be the english equivalent, but depressingly enough it's owned by amazon as well.

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    I use DuckDuckGo but end up being forced to use Google from time to time.

    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    i guess https://www.bookfinder.com/ would be the english equivalent, but depressingly enough it's owned by amazon as well.
    They own AbeBooks too. You can't get away from them.

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    Resistance is futile
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    It is. I just buy everything from Amazon. I don't trust anyone else. If it isn't on Amazon then I'm not supposed to have it.

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    Well, I am still using Firefox. Have been using Linux for a while, but got myself a new Laptop one year or so back and it came with Win10. Am not bothered with changing that.

    I dropped Apple products a couple years ago. IMO, Apple today (or since a few years, basically when they declared the I-Phone to be their Alpha + Omega) Apple is a shittier company than Microsoft ever was (regarding "ethics" - of course, it's capitalism where the only profit counts). It's just I don't wanna be ripped off in the end.

    I rarely buy books or recorded media anyways much these days, however I (partly) substitute amazon with ebay. I search a certain product on amazon, do the same on ebay and simply buy the cheaper offer. Often, it's being offered even by the same shop (however a bit cheaper on ebay).

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    I use Firefox too. I like how much you can tweak it, all the privacy add-ons and whatnot and I trust Mozilla slightly more than Google and the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    Have been using Linux for a while, but got myself a new Laptop one year or so back and it came with Win10. Am not bothered with changing that.
    Which Linux distribution are you using? I was thinking of making the switch from Windows as they're dropping support for Windows 7 soon and I'm not keen on the direction Microsoft are heading in.

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    Win7 will be just fine for many years to come
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    I guess it depends whether you believe them or not regarding the necessity of security updates, patches and so on.

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    I've got sp1 and that's it. No antivirus installed ever. Just keep backup images of your c drive once a month or whatever if you're really worried. I don't even do that anymore
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    You use any script blockers or anything online?

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    Adblock plus or sthn
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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    Which Linux distribution are you using? I was thinking of making the switch from Windows as they're dropping support for Windows 7 soon and I'm not keen on the direction Microsoft are heading in.
    Ubuntu

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