This is your reminder that most of the usual services on the Internet track you and own your data, so try more ethical alternatives.

I don’t use Google, I use DuckDuckGo instead. I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, but I’m on Mastodon. I’m not on Instagram, I’m on PixelFed. A lot of people are on these services and it’s growing.

Another things is that you can have total control over who you follow, what you read and in what order. Try an RSS reader. I‘ve been using Feedly for years to aggregate the sites and people I’m interested in and it’s lovely.

And you know what? Without Google/Facebook/etc, life goes on just fine. Don’t let them convince you otherwise.

I was in Georgia last weekend and I learned that the general minimum wage is $7.25, with tipped workers being treated to a lofty $2.13. Two fucking bucks. That’s just 29% of the general wage, and that means the employer of a full time waiter/waitress is only on the hook for about $4,400 for the entire year. Blows my mind. Compare and contrast with Ontario, where I live, with the tipped vs general minimum wage ratio is $12.20 / $14 so about 87%.

Today I set up my dad’s browser to use DuckDuckGo instead of Google. Less tracking and data collection is good for anyone but especially the less computer-savvy, so we’ll see how he likes it.

I looked it up and I think I’ve been using DuckDuckGo since 2012 and made it my default search engine not long after. Didn’t realize it had been that long!