Showing how easy it really is to take back control of your data from the tech giants and stop being a product for them to sell to advertisers. In this podcast we will explore the many ways to set up and host your own server whether it's in your home or on a remote VPS. How to back up and sync your data, run your own email, chat, VOIP, website, social media, etc. All with ethical, free and open source software. This is not a "technical" podcast. I am an average, everyday dude that has no coding skills. I explain and talk in a normal way that isnt over your head with tech jargon.
I just recorded episode 4 of The Self Hosted Vidcast. I uninstalled Wordpress and showed how to install a static html site on Yunohost.
Bonehead Media is back to being a simple static html site. It's only got 2 pages that I built in Bootstrap Studio. I'll flesh it out more in the future.
I would like to turn it into a theme for Pelican or Hugo and post the shownotes to the front page. But that will require more effort on an ongoing basis for me. Plus I already have my stuff posted to the Fediverse. The reason behind that is three fold.
1. It has the coolness factor that you can subscribe through Mastodon (and the rest of the Fediverse) or the RSS feed.
2. Just in case something catestrophic happens to my home server you will still be able to get updates.
3. It will drasticaly reduce the traffic to my home server.
I'm looking for a better Markdown editor for Ubuntu. I'm currently using Remarkable and it works good but I would like to try something new.
Does anybody have any suggestions? I definatly need something with a preview since I am using it write shownotes.
I'm testing out recording a bit differetn today.
Zrythm - Is an awesome looking new DAW that looks very promising! It's written by a small dude I'm following on Mastodon named AlexTee
YunoHost has been developed to provide the best security without too much complication. Every protocol used in YunoHost are encrypted, only password's hashs are stored and by default each user is able to access to his personal directory only.
If you need advice, do not hesitate to ask for help!
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Switching.social is essential to doing this right!
First we need to look at what we need to replace to rid our lives of these companies.
3. File storage/Sharing
5. Social Networking
To truly get rid of Google you will need to replace your Android phone! More on this towards the end.
These can all be covered using some ethical and free companies such as Framasoft. But then again its your data on a server (cloud) owned by some company ran by real people you dont personally know. So your options are to purchase a VPS from a reputable, privacy concious company or host your own server in your home. Both of these options can solve all 7 of those pretty cheaply. And it will all remain in your personal control.
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I'm gonna be totally honest with you. I didnt really think the course of this podcast through before starting it. I got excited when I found out about Yunohost and went totally ADD thinking that people have to know about this distro!
I just hit record and started talking without thinking. I didnt put any kind of structure into it or really any kind of planning. Looking back over the last 4 episodes and the 2 videos I can see that I made some assumptions during those episodes/videos that you would know what I was talking about. So the next several episodes will be way less technical and less fan boy-ism about Yunohost. Not that it doesnt need it but more as to why you need it.
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The Internet Cube
**What is it?** - It's a box similar to Freedombox. The idea is to have your own wifi to connect to the internet and be free, neutral and decentralized. Looks like it is a joint venture between FFDN(https://ffdn.org/en) and Yunohost
I also update you on the state of the podcast and even throw in my little two cents that nobody cares about.
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I love the artwork for this episode! And I just had to use it when I saw it. It was created by Aleks. I've also ran across a couple of memes that I cant stop laughing at. I'll be using those in future episodes as well. The cat is out of the bag and people are discovering the podcast. So if you are new, well I guess at this point everybody is new, lol. This podcast is all about my journey into hosting my own data, getting away from the big tech corp and entering the Fediverse. And let me tell you, it has been an eye opening experience. But projects such as Yunohost is making it extremely easy to embark on this journey. I have to say that they (devs and community) are some of the friendliest, kind and helpful people I have found on the internet. Let me just say that my experience into self hosting and the Fediverse has been very, very pleasant and I think that it is the future of the way we interact with each other online.
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What it is
If you've ever messed with Linux you have undoubtedly experienced the dreaded (but fun) thing called "distro hopping". Where you constantly download and install tons of different distros and use them to see what they are like and how well they run. Hell you may be running 3-4 of them on a pc at any given time. Wait, what? You dont know what a distro is? Well then...
Distro aka Distribution - An operating system that is comprised of a collection of software packaged around the Linux kernel. There are many. Quite possibly thousands of distros out there. But there are some big ones that have been around for a long time that you may have heard of. Debian, Slack, Red Hat, Arch, Gentoo, etc. There are even some you may even be using currently and you dont even know it. Android is essentially a distro. The widely popluar Chromebooks and Chromeboxes run on ChromeOS which is derived from Gentoo. So now that you know what a distro is lets continue. Yunohost is a Linux distro that you can install on a vps remotely or an old desktop or laptop that is just laying around the house. It has very low system requirements so it can even be installed on something as small as a RasperryPi. Put simply it turns your old computer or a vps into your very own server just for you. It gives you an admin panel to run install/remove apps, check on network and hardware usage, download backups, etc. You dont even really have to get into a terminal if you dont want to.
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Music is by Unfa
Who am I?
Greetings! If this is the first time you've ever ran across me I am Unkle Bonehead and welcome to the Self Hosted Podcast, a journey into taking control of your data and entering the Fediverse. It's not only my journey but it just might be yours as well.
Because large corporations such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc have your data in their control. And that means they have successfully turned human beings into a product. Back when I was in high school and computers were just getting started I kept hearing over and over that "Information is the way of the future." I didnt understand it until now. The information they were talking about is you and me. Our personal data. Your personal information. They have successfully, and we have willfully let them, turn our very existance into a product that can be sold to advertisers. A phrase I hear a lot now adays is "If your not root, you dont own it." And that is more true now than ever before.
What is this podcast about?
This podcast is about getting away from all that. Getting away from being hitched at the hip to large conglomorate corporations that dont care about you or your privacy and may even want to keep your personal opinions quiet.
Where can you find it and more info?
Over the first couple of episodes I'll talk about how to go about taking back conrrol over your stuff and getting back to being root of your life. I will talk about how easy it is to host your own server, whether its on a remote vps or right in your own home. Sync your pc, phone, contact list, music, movies, ebooks, email, etc. All in your control and not in someone elses. No one sniffing your broswer history, reading your direct messages or emails just so they can show you better ads.
When can you get new episodes?
I'm going to try to publish them as weekly but some may come as early as every other day.It depends on what I may run across and how exciting it is. You can get them right here on this website and I may mirror tham on Archive.org. There is an itunes button to subscribe to the show but it isnt on it. I may, sometime in the future, decide to submit to itunes but for the immeaditate future no. If I run into problems with the download speed or some other technical issue I may use Anchor.fm as I do with my other podcasts. But I really want to keep with the self hosting scheme.
How can you get started?
Heres a few links to get you started checking into self hosting, taking control of your data and entering the Fediverse.
Switching Social List of ethical, easy and privacy conscious alternative apps.
Fediverse Party List of federated social networks
Yunohost The best way to get started self hosting
Write Freely Blogging
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