Sunday, August 9, 2020

Termination

No further content will be posted to this blog, which is now defunct. Superaggregation may be mirrored, reformatted and resumed at my website or another new site next year.

Unsurprisingly, Blogger's new interface is ugly, buggy, bloated and wholly inadequate for the task of routine presentation. Certain functions have been obscured and features revoked. To format text, images and videos satisfactorily is now in some ways inconvenient, and in others impossible. Quotidian application of such a service is intolerable, especially when many superior alternatives such as WordPress are readily available.

Of course, this development was easily predictable from numerous precedents. Google URL Shortener, Picasa, Picasa Web Albums, Google News & Weather, Orkut, Google Base, Google Blog Search and Google Talk are some among several fine programs and services that Google either fathered or acquired, then eventually ruined with upgrades that rendered them functionally crippled and unusably bloated, or discontinued and supplanted with inferior successors such as Google Photos, Google+, Google Hangouts, Google Merchant Center, etc. This is perhaps an ineluctable eventuality of online corporate services, and yet another reason why free and open source software and third-party web hosting is preferable.

Finally, the corruption and sociopolitical turpitude that now characterizes Alphabet's flagrant misconduct, laughable corporate culture, and deteriorating quality is sufficient cause to distance oneself from, if not boycott that multinational conglomerate. Excellent free software and services, and affordable web hosting are abundantly available. Those who freely elect to patronize poorly-designed, ineptly, abusively, sometimes criminally mismanaged proprietary sites such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are less victims than masochists. So long as people (and especially bogus, self-styled "dissidents") persist in such submission, they contribute to the perpetuation of a malign corporate dominance of the Internet that seeks to censor communication, abridge other liberties, and hobble innovation and functionality.

Please consider employment of these alternatives.

Termination

No further content will be posted to this blog, which is now defunct. Superaggregation may be mirrored, reformatted and resumed at my websit...