I released a new version of my Firefox extension that will forcefully redirect you away from privacy erosive services to better alternatives. It started as a joke, but I end up actually using it.
When I want to look up a place, I instinctively and mechanically start typing "maps.googl...". This extension will instead take me to OpenStreetMaps. It will also functionally translate Google Search links to DuckDuckGo and Google Translate links to Deepl.
@botherder isn't Qwant another good alternative to Google Search?
@rugk Facebook to DuckDuckGo searches about its scandals, Twitter to Mastodon and YouTube to nothing currently. I’m open to suggestions to make it more functional.
@rugk I’m not familiar with this Invidious. I’ll look into it, thanks.
@botherder nice to you host this in github then I can add a lot oft alternatives
@botherder Is there a list of services you're translating (might be nice to add to the addon page). Add deepl instead of google translate, maybe?
@botherder Yeah, hence my request to add this info to the addon info page. 😉
@rixx Ah yeah good point.
@botherder nice, I do this at the moment with LeechBlock where you can configure your own rules. Also nice to break old and bad habits.
@botherder thanks! Will give it a try
@botherder This is really cool. I'm tempted to install another Firefox-like browser, install this extension, and use the combo when I'm really feeling droll and sarcastic. I'm guessing will lose weight when I do. 😜
@mareklach I like these. Thanks!
Add to the list of jokes and bugs that turned out to actually be useful
@botherder Nice proof of concept :) we'd be happy to promote a version of this that *suggests* these services, or has fine-grained opt-in choices.
@botherder gleichmal installiert ;)
@botherder some of the best things I ever had started as a joke! :D
@botherder is there something like open street map that will also handle transit directions? That kind of keeps me locked into google maps.
I also notice openstreetmaps seems to have a lot more trouble resolving addresses from partial information.
@botherder Amusing that the privacy tool needs access to all my data.
@botherder the facebook redirect is great!
@botherder I am searching for a good replacer for Google Translate and was thrilled when you mantioned DeepL. But when I tested their engine, I got deeply disappointed. I'll keep searching...
@e_edgren It only supports a handful of languages at the moment.
@botherder I sw that, but do you know how new the DeepL is?
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