Becoming Less Reliant on Google: Location, Browser, Search

One of my new year’s resolutions is to be less reliant on Google by this time next year. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, I’m sure many others do as well once we realize what’s involved and why those services are free. However it requires time, maybe in some cases money, and most of all a loss of functionality because there’s no denying Google builds great stuff.…

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True Shared Directories Across Android and Linux

I like to keep a shared directory across my phone, tablet, laptop and workstation. I find this quite handy for my password db, getting documents/photos I save on mobile over to my desktop or to sync media out to my phone/tablet for offline use. Seems like a relatively simple goal but it’s been a bit complicated to find something reliable. The obvious starting point would be Dropbox, Box, or even OwnCloud, but these all seem to have the same approach where the mobile apps just let you download the files you want on demand, by default nothing is synced to your mobile device automatically, and any file you add on Android must be saved and then manually uploaded.…

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