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Apr 11

Alternatives to Google, Facebook, Windows Live,Yahoo…

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Other

Time for an updated post about some great alternatives to the big players on the internet. I like them. You might not even be looking for any, but if you do or if you’re just looking for something new, you might find something interesting here.


Ixquick  – (available in many languages)


Gmx (free, quite a lot of space and other cool features)  (quite good email service, imap, not pop in the free version)
Icerocket  (ok web email)  (powered by the same service as GMX) (for those of us who care about animals)


Jabber info (for the computer or smartphone – use Adium for the computer or IM+  on your phone)
Touch (for your smartphone)

Photo Album



Care2 (free donations, petitions, e-cards…)
Goodreads  (book community)

Blog/Tumblelog, (available in English and many other languages)
Dreamwidth (blog community like Livejournal – just as fan fiction friendly)
Soup (if you have Tumblr or any of a number of other webb services you can set up an automatic import)

Apr 5

From one phone provider to another, then back again

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010 in Other, Whining

Phone providers, internet providers… providers of digital tv… For years now we struggled to switch away from one to another, and now suddenly, we’re going the other way. Twice in just a few months, salespeople from the provider we’re leaving, called and bullied mom, who is severely depressed, into signing up for new expensive services, that we might not even be able to use here, in my name or using my info, and her name. I’m surprised that’s even legal, quite apart from the lack of business ethics, not that people like that have morals.

So, my sister and I decided to move our phone subscriptions to the old provider. Back to them, you might say. In any case, we’re stuck with them for everything else – internet, digital tv, landline… So we thought why not move our mobile phone subscriptions to them too? When we left them they were more expensive than the ones we left them for, but now they’ve changed their prices.

I have to admit that I wanted this switch primarily to get back at the phone provider (the one we’re leaving). No one treats my mom that way, no one treats us that way and gets away with it. Besides, no matter who gets treated this way, it’s something that needs to be confronted.

Anyway, my sister called to give them a piece of her mind and fortunately, she was able to make them tear up the agreement, which probably wasn’t valid anyway.

I suppose that should make it alright, but grrr I’m so angry with them. That makes the third phone company we don’t like, for various reasons. Sigh. Maybe in a small country like ours, you can’t afford to be so picky, but at least so far, I don’t care. I’ll do as I like. (And don’t even get me started on salespeople in general…)


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