Liked Enclouding education (code acts in education)

The cloud is a largely invisible, background presence in education, despite playing an increasingly significant role in many technical and institutional processes and practices. As recent relevant scholarship on the cloud has indicated, cloud computing arrangements are significantly affecting and reshaping a range of industries and sectors. The cloud represents an expansion of corporate big tech power into sectors like education, introducing new economic models, platform ecosystem arrangements, and AIOps capacities of automated governance.

Bookmarked Lessons in Self-Hosting Your Own Personal Cloud (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

What I learned about trying to run my own cloud from a few weeks of trying to run the whole dang thing myself. (Hint: I found myself trying multiple solutions.)

Ernie Smith discusses the challenges associated with hosting your own cloud. He provides a summary of his findings.

So, armed with the knowledge that Syncthing is awesome but didn’t cover every one of my bases, I went with a hybrid approach. Rather than attempting to embrace one solution for everything, I decided a mix of solutions was the way to go, each optimized for specific needs.

  1. NextCloud for standard document editing and office-style applications, which can be useful in cases when I’m not near my machine or I want to make a quick edit to a file on mobile. This sync runs on just one machine, my Xeon—the same Xeon that hosts the server on Docker—and only stores essentials like text files and images at this juncture. (Essentially, I took away NextCloud’s need to sync most of my files.)
  2. Syncthing for file sync across a variety of machines. This runs on every machine I rely on, including iOS and Android.
  3. Backblaze B2 for long-term cloud file storage, which I manually handle once a week through the command-line tool Rclone. (Info here; I could easily automate this.)

This is an interesting piece in regards to discussions of quitting platforms such as Google and Spotify.

Bookmarked The Hidden Costs of Streaming Music by (New Yorker)

Alex Ross on the environmental costs of streaming-music services like Spotify and Kyle Devine’s recent book, “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music.”

In reviewing Kyle Devine’s book, Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music, Alex Ross reflects upon the the materiality of music. From the materials used to record music to the energy associated with streaming, Ross discusses the various parts of music. This feels like it sits in the same vain as The New Dark Age.
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Watched What are Containers and Cloud Hosting?
and Creating New Environments in Reclaim Cloud – YouTube
Reclaim Cloud – Reclaim Your Adventure! looks interesting. Might poke around in the beta, but probably way over my head, needs and pay grade…

I agree John. Definitely looks interesting, just not sure it is for me. I guess we will see.

In this video we compare the architecture of containers and cloud hosting to more traditional models of shared and managed/VPS hosting. We talk about both the benefits and drawbacks and show how container-based hosting through Reclaim Cloud provides a next generation hosting environment for scalable low-cost hosting of applications.

Replied to Reclaim Cloud’s Free Public Beta Now Open (

So, in short, it’s everything we have not been able to provide in terms of hosting a wide variety of technologies and tools beyond the LAMP stack. What’s more, the infrastructure allows the scaling of computing and storage resources seamlessly. A watershed moment for Reclaim and an important move to ensure we can help our community make sense of the ongoing shift in the hosting landscape.

Even after reading your various posts, I am still trying to get my head around all this and where this leaves plain old Reclaim Hosting? Just a dumb question, if there is Reclaim Cloud, why would I use Reclaim Hosting? Clearly I am going to have dig a bit deeper into this. Feels like we have gone beyond my ‘low down model, used by a little old lady just once a week to blog about …
Replied to The Evolution of the Cloud (Throw Out The Manual)

Our efforts and experiments throughout all of this have been to answer the question of “what’s next?” and look towards the future of web hosting with an evolution of the past. It needs to have a user-friendly interface. It needs to be affordable. It needs to be without limitations. It needs to scale.

Tim, I really appreciate you walking through the steps that led to Reclaim Cloud. Often it is easier to just do a press release for the new product, but so often it feels like this overlooks the nuance. I look forward to seeing what possibilities this may provide.
Liked What is Digital Ocean? (Scripting News)

Think of Digital Ocean as a giant warehouse of personal computers. You can rent one of the computers for about $20 a month, and put software on the computer, even stuff that I write myself. This is a big deal because the ability to run software “in the cloud” used to be something only employees of big companies could do. Now anyone can. #
Unlike my house in the woods their computers are less likely to lose power or their net connection. Also their warehouse is in a place where your computers, and your phone, can access it. I don’t want thousands of people connecting to the computers in my house. It’s a security thing.