I grew up in Chile during the time of Pinochet, where ‘politics’ was a bad word, and ‘politicians’ were equivalent to ‘thugs’. Even after all these years and multiple iterations of democratically elected governments, people’s involvement in democracy is just limited to general elections every 5 years. Very little occurs in between. You see, in my view, Chile is a place where the government does pretty much whatever it wants once it’s in power.
One reason why I had stopped posting anything in my blog for a while was my frustration on how slow the Wordpress back-end for Dreamhost “economy users” is, you know, the ones with the most basic plans. I guess they must have realized that, since they are starting a new Wordpress-only hosting system, which is supposed to be optimized for that use only. All nice and good, but their promotional pricing of $19.95/month seems an overkill for my use case when I just want to write a few ramblings and move on.
I resisted joining Facebook for quite some time, not because I’m a Luddite or an old timer, but rather because I know better than most people what goes on underneath the surface of such type of platforms. I also know well what happens to companies that become public and now face the constant pressure of produce results for the quarter. There is no free lunch… However, most of my family in Chile, Europe and the USA have chosen that medium to communicate and share their daily lives and updates, without any regard for their sense of privacy or even a clear understanding of what they are giving away for the service they get.
I’ve never been very fond of keeping something as sensitive as my personal email in a service provider. I used to run my own email server at home based on Zimbra a few years back, but like everything else, it became cumbersome. Updates, backups and having to deal with restrictive ISP policies around SMTP made me finally give up and move all my 14 years of email to Google. But I knew what was going on.