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What is the real value of Gmail and why it's important to think about alternatives

Last month there was a discussion on Slashdot about do-it-yourself Gmail alternatives. Email is an essential Internet service. Therefore, I think that the object of that discussion is extremely important, and that it is a pity that almost nobody realizes the implications of the current email infrastructure for the masses.

The day the world died of cloud computing

Cloud computing is all the rage today: everyone wants us to migrate our digital activities to the “cloud”, that is a new world of remotely hosted data and services.