An engineers thoughts on technology, privacy, and practicality
More to life than work
Balancing your work and life is important to keep stress in check and improve ones productivity and long-term happiness at work. Many people talk about work-life balance but also struggle with maintaining it. It can be hard, especially a world of smartphones constantly buzzing and dinging with the latest notification
What's in a Cloud?
When I decided to begin hosting my own cloud services and get off Google, Microsoft, etc., the first thing I did was start documenting the things I absolutely needed. I ended up with a list of things that I think most people care about: * Email * Contacts * Calendar * File storage * Kanban
Minitor: A Minimal Monitoring Tool
If a service isn’t monitored, is it really running? The age old question. Since I started my voyage into self hosting, it had been mostly smooth sailing. That is, until the other day when, after about a year, I had my first server outage. The importance of knowing It
Building a self-hosted email assistant
A little over a year ago I began my journey into self-hosting, and today I am off Google services. Initially, I had no issues giving up a few of the more minor features I couldn't replace. Things like auto identifying events, flight information, and package tracking in emails are each
Docker Orchestration from the Couch
When I decided to begin self hosting, I decided that I was going to do it with Docker [https://www.docker.com] very early on. Docker provides a good way for me to manage deployments without worrying about how different service dependencies might interact or how installation may vary depending
So I jumped on Mastodon [https://mastodon.social/@Mastodon] recently. Before I get into my experience, I should probably explain a little about what it is. The Federalist Tweets Mastodon is a federated social network. Federated systems don't have one server (like Twitter or Facebook), instead there are many Mastodon
Self Hosting: But why tho?
Why would I, or anyone for that matter, go through the effort of self hosting their own web services when Google, Apple, and Microsoft all have powerful, free options? Are we paranoid? Bored? Masochistic? Maybe, but for many of us it comes down to being free. To be clear, I'm
Lessons in Self Hosting
Several months ago, I decided to liberate myself from the corporate cloud ecosystem that I have been so heavily invested in. This was a decision based partly on political factors, but also heavily on my curiosity. I knew there would probably be trade offs, but I didn't know enough about