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    For $1500 I can fly to Vegas on Qantas return and probably a few nights accommodation at Circus Circus, I know what I'd be doing. Actually I'm a serious Apple hater, but I'd even get a MacBook Pro over that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    How much of your usage is being "accidentally" collected by Google, when you use a Chromebook?
    I'd say there will be lots of data collected, which is why I have no Google add-ons on my PCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    For $1500 I can fly to Vegas on Qantas return and probably a few nights accommodation at Circus Circus, I know what I'd be doing. Actually I'm a serious Apple hater, but I'd even get a MacBook Pro over that.
    Forget what I just said, they've just had a rolling shoot out right near where I had lunch a couple of months ago, right in the middle of the strip. Disneyland next time.
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  4. #64


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    All the pointless deviations, from "standard" Linux Distro schema in Ubuntu, have upset a lot of users.
    According to some stat sites, Ubuntu lost its #1 position amongst Linux Distros, once they "forced" Unity on long time users.
    The new #1 (according to those sites) is Linux Mint.
    As a longtime Ubuntu user on desktops and laptops, I gave up on the distro completely with Unity. It's a horrible interface, doesn't work at all in a way that I prefer. Linux mint is what I play around with now on desktops. On my servers, it's CentOS all of the way.


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    How much of your usage is being "accidentally" collected by Google, when you use a Chromebook?
    The collecting of data sure does seem to concern a lot of people. I honestly don't care at all. I fully expect my ISP and my search engine can tell a lot from what I search on. And for me, that's fine. I don't do anything questionable. I don't download/pirate software, music, movies, tv shows, etc. I'd be perfectly happy to have my surfing history provided to my wife, my mom, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    How much of your usage is being "accidentally" collected by Google, when you use a Chromebook?
    I'd say there will be lots of data collected, which is why I have no Google add-ons on my PCs.
    Like I said above, I'm unsure why so many are so paranoid about this. I use Google Chrome pretty much exclusively. I use gmail for my email. And I have a personal Google Apps account my family uses. Nothing bad has ever come my way as far as I know from any of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Like I said above, I'm unsure why so many are so paranoid about this. I use Google Chrome pretty much exclusively. I use gmail for my email. And I have a personal Google Apps account my family uses. Nothing bad has ever come my way as far as I know from any of this.
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.
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  6. #66


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.

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    I'm not too sure if google chrome still does this, but there was this privacy concern flaw where it used the google prediction search so if you type in "how to make a" and if how to make a bomb is in the list of how to make a recovery image, it basically will send those search results to google, even though you didn't type in "how to make a bomb." This is enabled by default in chrome last I checked, in IE 10 however, I believe it does something similar. This changed from IE 9 as that wasn't set as default where you needed to Turn on suggestions (send keystrokes to Bing). That might be the actual difference though....

    Also it's google, they don't have what you call, a track record of user privacy advocation. Their latest user policy change basically sums up to you agreeing to them tracking you (more efficiently) across YouTube and google docs and gmail; so they can OBVIOUSLY advertise better to you.

    If I had to chose a poison between Microsoft's Cloud services and google's Cloud services, I'd pick Microsoft. Their known actions with IE 10 default settings, and data privacy awareness makes them "less evil."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.

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    I've been using Android for over 3 years and Chrome before that, never had anything happen yet. I think they're mostly interested in your browsing and searching habits for target marketing.

    I get uncomfortable about all this stuff at times, but if you let it worry you too much you wouldn't go on the net at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.

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    I can't remember what the exact names were, but if you go into system configuration/start up you'll see all the programs that start when your PC starts. Don't be surprised if you find some Google .exe files there, which will function without your approval or knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Google actually appears to install stuff on your PC that then sends 'whatever' back to Google HQ, it's not just stuff that you may search etc. With a Chromebook, it's probably not an issue, as you really aren't storing anything on it of value.

    Like what? Please share some details.
    I can't remember what the exact names were, but if you go into system configuration/start up you'll see all the programs that start when your PC starts. Don't be surprised if you find some Google .exe files there, which will function without your approval or knowledge.
    To be frank, sounds like primo FUD.
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