Goodbye Big Five: Kashmir Hill tried to block each of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from her life for a week. To end the experiment, she tried to block all five at once.
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- I Cut the 'Big Five' Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell
- Kashmir Hill
- Feb 7 2019
- Word count
- 4949 words
This is the last article in Gizmodo's "Goodbye Big Five" series. A couple of the previous ones were submitted to Tildes, but here are links to all the previous ones:
I think cutting out any website hosted by the big three cloud providers is the hardest part of this by far. When S3 went down a few years ago, it felt like half of the internet was down because they couldn't access their assets. There's a good chance that a really good percentage of websites are using at least one of GCP, Azure, or AWS, so that would make using the internet really challenging.
That was definitely something she had the most trouble with, yeah. She was using a custom VPN that tried to prevent her from being able to access any IPs that were known to belong to AWS/GCP/etc. and it made a ton of things not work. They couldn't get it to even block everything it should have though, because a lot of sites are behind Cloudflare and other CDNs, where they can't tell what service it's actually hosted on behind it.
Yeah I read the Amazon article after I commented and saw that. It probably would have been damn near impossible if the VPN could figure out what the origin for Akami was, and saw that it was almost always ec2-*.compute.amazonaws.com.