You call that an "article", well this "ad for Microsoft" is something I can do without.
Very poor analysis, though I agree that Google is not the "be all end all" (nothing is) of solution sets. Please keep in mind that Google's tools do work and don't burden you with frequent (often nightly) critical updates to boilerplate code (ala Microsoft Update). And Google Maps and Google Earth blow Microsoft's maps out of the water.
Speaking of Microsoft, Microsoft is the "Big Blue" of the 2010's. They have tried and failed to become "THE main player" in the market, and now see the perennial "cash cows" of Office and Windows leaving once green pastures for the slaughter house run by Apple Google, Amazon, and a host of others.
SO, why was market domination" by Microsoft OK, and what Google (and others) are doing not ok???
Microsoft essentially had "ads" for new products in the not commercial part of the nightly news! Remember when 95 came out, how about XP???? Microsoft is ALWAYS mentioned on the network news, and still they lose market share.
Did LINUX get equal time??? How about Android??? Seriously, how about the leader now APPLE?????
I agree now is a time for decentralization, but this is "unabashed bashing" of Google is undeserved, particularly when you:
A.) Do not specify alternatives to anything!
B.) Are not pointing out flaws of OTHER providers.
C.) Seem to be only complaining and not actually saying anything of substance.
I have read other posts, and yes I agree Google is by no means a malevolent entity and is indeed "Data mining", but frankly how many big companies are not doing that??
Maybe you should dust off a TRS-80 computer and hook up a modem to the BBS, and start writing new apps in well it would have to be assembly, as BASIC is probably co-opted as well
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