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The new terms and conditions of use of Whatsapp were the final straw that broke my Facebook camel's back. The new T's&C's probably don't have a material impact on me - certainly not right now - although with the UK's departure from the EU no doubt GDPR will be unpicked and replaced with something that enables the Facebook machine to harvest yet more data, even if it's only metadata.
I'm not a subscriber to conspiracy theories. Facebook and its many tentacles had just secured too tight a stranglehold over me that I needed to cut myself loose:
- Instagram. Instead of just seeing pictures of my friend's activities, I was seeing adverts at a ratio of 2 friends to 1 ad. Jeff became a distinct problem; his products were things that interested me but in which I had expressed no previous interest. Temptation. Instagram app deleted.
- Facebook. Verbally discussing the need for a leaf blower to tidy up the front lawn, suddenly Mark is presenting me leaf blowers - and not just any leaf blower, but the Makita compatible with a few of the LXT products that I use. Facebook and Messenger apps deleted.
- I do still use Facebook on a browser as we have a community page I need to access
Not really a big deal is it? Or more precisely, who cares what I do? Well, you've clicked this link and I haven't lost you so far...
The reason for writing this post is not to attempt to influence anyone else - far from it. It is primarily an explanation for why I have left and won't be able to receive your messages any more.
Switching off Whatsapp is not an insignificant change for me personally. I hadn't realised how useful it had become. I have dozens of groups and use Whatsapp as a vital link - particularly in Lockdown (and until normal gatherings resume).
I have moved platform to Signal. A small number of my contacts have also installed the app. It's a non-profit - funded by donations - and the only viable alternative. It offers everything Whatsapp does except a web interface.
So... here's the rub: I obviously can't tell you to install the Signal app just to keep in contact with me. If you do: great! If not... we still have SMS and email.
When a friend first told me about Whatsapp - in 2009 - I was sceptical. What did the platform have to benefit? Particularly once end-to-end encryption was added in 2016. So why did Facebook pay $21.8 billion in 2014? Let me just repeat that - 21.8 BILLION DOLLARS. That's more than the GDP of Estonia. Ok, that means nothing to me either. How about, that's more than the G20 pledged to fight Coronavirus? It's more profit than Shell, BP and Chevron made last year. However you look at it, it's colossal number. I am no longer comfortable using the platform.
COMPARISON OF SIGNAL VS. WHATSAPP
In a nutshell, Signal does almost everything WhatsApp does, with one significant improvement:
|Groups||Yes||Yes||Signal offers a lot more control around group membership.|
|Reply and Forward||Yes||Yes||WhatsApp has "Reply Privately" from a group, which Signal doesn't.|
|React to a message||Yes||Yes||Signal allows you to 'like' with a thumbs up (or any emoji). This often saves "ok" replies, particularly in groups.|
|Bold/Italic/Underline||Yes||No||Feature request for all clients...|
|Desktop Client (Win/Mac)||Yes||Yes|
|Web Client||Yes||No||Signal discussion suggests the web client is a security issue.|
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Crovie — take a break and drink in the tranquility of the Moray Firth Coast
We couldn't find a complete listing of all the holiday cottages available for rent in Crovie, so we created this page... we hope you find it useful! If we've made any mistakes, please let us know at
The page contains three sections:
- Rental Properties, with links to the rental website — click on the House or Address to jump to the Details section
- Full listing of all properties — for interest
- Details of each of the rental properties, with a photograph — click on these to visit the rental website
Note: at the bottom left of every page on this website there is an up arrow that you can use to return to the top of the current page.
|5||Unknown||No. 5 Crovie|
|7||Unknown||No. 7 Crovie|
|10||3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5||Cottages4You W41840 | Trip Advisor||No. 10 Crovie|
|12||Unknown||No. 12 Crovie|
|13||3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6, Wifi||Free Scotland | Trip Advisor||No. 13 Crovie|
|23||Accommodation for 5 (+2), Wifi, Wood burning stove||Scottish Cottages 512064 | Dedicated Website||No. 23 Crovie|
|25||Sleeps 4/5||Scotland.org.uk||No. 25 Crovie|
|30||3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6||Your Hotel Alternative||No. 30 Crovie|
|33||2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4||Cottages4You 28658||No. 33 Crovie|
|36||Unknown||No. 36 Crovie|
|39||Unknown||No. 39 Crovie|
|40||3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6||Holiday Lettings 194460 | Trip Advisor||No. 40 Crovie|
|53||Unknown||No. 53 Crovie|
|56||Unknown||No. 56 Crovie|
|57||2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5||Cottages4You 26036||No. 57 Crovie|
|64||2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4||Book Cottages 1783||No. 64 Crovie|
|Mission Hall||2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4||Scotland Holiday Cottage | Trip Advisor||Mission Hall Crovie|
|1||Site||Destroyed in 1953|
|19||Private||Garden of 17&18|
|24||Private||Last house south side of burn|
|25||Rent||Set back, south|
|26||Private||Set back, north|
|27||Private||Beside Phone Box|
|28||Site||Bench beside burn|
|29||Site||Garden of 30|
|32||Site||No longer exists|
|37||Site||Garden of 38|
|41||Site||Garden of 43|
|47||Private||Red roof, small|
|55||Site||Garden of 54|
|58||Private||Site + Small building|
|Mission Hall||Rent||No number|