Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Aug 2013 22:24 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "The Meanings of Googliness" and "The Meanings of Appleiness".

The sad thing is not that this is apparently a thing - no, the sad thing is that people actually believe this to be true. If you believe Apple and Google really care about you as a user, you've already lost the battle.

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Apple tries to create great stuff and treat you as a person so you would spend money on their products.

Google creates great stuff so you would use it, so they could analyse you and your behavior, and sell "you". (read: advertisement)

I don't think Apple is any better, they're just better at hiding this stuff.

Gmail is one of the last things I can't get rid of. I know Fastmail, but contact and calendar sync is missing, which is my main problem with this service.

If you've got a spare machine to use as a server you can just set up an ownCloud-server, it supports CalDav and CardDav for syncing contacts and calendar, plus you get cloud storage in addition to those. You'll still need a separete e-mail account, but that's easy to solve. I do not know of any good e-mail services that also offer CalDav and CardDav, though; I subscribe to for my e-mail needs and they said they're planning to introduce CalDav and CardDav at a later date, but they haven't done that yet and there is no date set for it.

If you don't want to run a server of your own then I really have no good suggestions to offer :/

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