I am not a fan of Google anymore. It started with their announcement that they were killing off Reader, which has fundamentally changed the way I use the internet by the way, and as a result I have been slowly migrating away to other non-free services where I have some faith that I am not being data mined to figure out how to market to. Even though its costing my money I feel that I have established a contract with a service that I pay for. I give them money and they provide the service they promised, if they change that service I stop giving them money and move on. With Google you take whatever they give you because there is no accountability.
Today I needed to use Google maps to find an address. In the process I tried using Google Earth but for some reason the plugin won’t load. So I decide to just download Google Earth instead. When I try to load it I get a note that I have to run Google updater to run Google Earth. I don’t want that so I do some searches, on Google (which unfortunately is still the best search engine) to find a way around that. Which leads me to http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090424045847496 which is an article called “Permanently remove updater from Google Earth 5”and this is what I find.
To read the article I have to answer a question, presented by Google! The entire article is redacted until I click one of those links. Grrr!