Reporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened.


Some of these points are salient, esp. when the author gets into the weeds of web hosting issues; other aspects of this piece just sound like some spoiled rich kid who's totally lost without her fancy toys.

esp. tone deaf:

    I have an old Canon point-and-shoot digital camera, but I find I don’t take many photos this week—because without Facebook and Instagram, I don’t have anywhere to share them.

Boo hoo. Followed immediately by:

    Sometimes I just can’t find a digital replacement. Venmo won’t work without a smartphone, so I pay our babysitter in cash. I start using a physical calendar to keep track of my schedule.

The author just described how my wife and I regularly plan and then pay for our date nights. It doesn't really suck that much.

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