Farhad Manjoo’s new column at the NYT talks about a subject close to my heart - don’t lock yourself into somebody’s platform. Because you never know what the future may bring.
I don’t agree with some of his specifics, but his overall point is correct - each vendor is trying in its own way to lock you in as a customer. Apple is the worst offender - their software typically only works on their hardware - but Google and MS would like to lock you up, too.
So don’t use iBooks when you can use multi-platform Kindle. Only use Google software when it runs everywhere - Gmail, or Google Docs run on IOS and Android and Windows and OS X. Don’t come to rely on Apple software in case you ever want to move to another platform.
And I shouldn’t be using Google Keep, since it doesn’t run on OS X or IOS or Windows, just Android and the web. I should be using something like Evernote, despite its problems on Android, because it is truly cross platform.. hmm.. maybe I should be practicing what I preach..