Progress on...
> I switched to DuckDuckGo in all browsers. I don't feel any difference here so I'll probably stick with this one.

This surprises me. Years ago i used
and found it much harder to find the web dev q + a that i needed. I'll revisit.

Re: Email 
> Paying for anything else right now is difficult

Ha so I guess no
and I were gift-messaging each other when i told him to look at it.

PS: I still use 
and probably will continue to do so until... mmm not sure. I don't have the same de-googling desire in terms of consumer products as you and 
 seem to share.
Abraham Kim