This past week, I decided to complete an upgrade on one of my old Dell Poweredge R410 servers. It's nothing fancy but, I'm a hardware nut so, I find it to be fun and relaxing. I also appreciate older, enterprise-grade hardware and it's capabilities.
When I made the decision to start down the path of de-googling, one of the first things to come up for thought was my smart phone. Using equivalent replacement apps for traditional Google Apps/services seemed like something that would be hard to do. Ironically, that wasn't as hard as I initially expected. There's no doubt that Google makes their apps/services very convenient and easy to use but, for the consumer that values their privacy, it's not hard to acclimate to the “inconveniences” of privacy friendly alternatives. After getting accustomed to some of the nuances of these alternatives, I decided it was time to give Google the final boot.
Undoubtedly, music is a large influence in my day-to-day life. Having been a musician for the better part of 2 decades, I tend to have a deeper appreciation for the elements of an audio track. I find myself picking things out of an arrangement that most people tend to take for granted. The guitar riff doesn't just “sound awesome” but, I appreciate the syncopation with the percussion, etc. This can be more easily identifiable with groups like System of a Down and Tool.