Quote The Elf:Quote CaptainChoptastic:
I'd never heard of Ninite, DuckDuckGo or WaterFox, and I thought I was pretty IT savvy (at least, that's what I tell my employer!).
All very useful sites (and I hadn't heard of DuckDuckGo either!).
If you're interested:
For a proper 'non-spying' search engine, try IXQuick .
If you really *must* use Google, then Startpage provides an interface to Google, produces the same results, but stops Google harvesting data.
It may be no big deal, but I trust Google about as far as I could comfortably spit them out.
How do DuckDuckGo finance their "free" service?
The point with Google, and with most privacy issues is not to put yourself in a position where you HAVE to "trust" them. If you ask for directions, the person you ask will remember where you were going. A good shop assistant remembers your preferences. If that information has commercial value, good luck to them!
You don't have to write songs. The world doesn't want you to write songs. It would probably prefer it if you didn't. So write songs if you want to. Otherwise, dont. Go fishing instead.