In this episode of Reclaim Today, Tim OWens speaks with Dr. Pete Rorabaugh about some of the steps and challenges associated with with extracting your data and habits from Google. On the one hand, Rorabaugh was left inspired by reading Edward Snowden’s Permanent Record, however as Google starts putting a ceiling on what you can actually do, it is becoming a practical problem. They discuss moving email to something like ProtonMail, messaging to Signal and storage to Nextcloud. One of the challenges I feel is faced with any swap is there is always compromises or sacrifices, this is something that came up in Alex Kretzschmar’s investigation of open source options to Google Photos:

Our perhaps unsatisfying conclusion to this seven-app showdown exposes an important truth: the photo management software world is too complex for a one- or two-person dev team to properly handle. Unless we see some of these app-makers start to pool their resources together, it could be a while before we get a truly excellent self-hosted option to pry many of us away from Google.

Personally, I am interested in exploring Nextcloud as a space to store my photos and probably should move my email. I am also interested in the idea of storing all the images associated with my blogs in one spot and referencing them from there. This is something Jim Groom has touched upon.

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.
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When Google Reader kicked the bucket I used Fever for awhile but had concerns when the developer decided to stop focusing on it and looked around for an alternative. There are several hosted services out there like Feedly and NewsBlur that seem nice, but I liked the idea of something

I like the idea of writing notes within the application and publishing these. I feel that this is what is trying to be achieved with the micropub feed reader revolution. Personally, I have taken to this with my second blog designed to replace social bookmarking, such as Diigo. Although it is not as simply as Tiny, I like the ability to craft each post. I also like the nuance of Post Kinds.

Originally posted at Read Write Collect

Listened 004: Tech Talk Thursdays by Tim Owens from Reclaim Today

Your weekly Q&A session where we debunk the hosting myths, show you how the donuts get made, and answer all your burning questions about web hosting or anything else you have on your mind.

Tim Owens breaks down all the different facets of email. He discusses spam, servers, iMap vs Pop and various setup considerations.
Replied to 👓 Site Building with WordPress and Elementor | Throw Out The Manual by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)

I am curious how some of these site builders will do with the upcoming release of Gutenberg, however.

Chris, I had the same thought while reading Tim’s post. It will be interesting to see the impact of Gutenberg.
Bookmarked Running a Jekyll Site on Reclaim Hosting by Tim Owens (Throw Out The Manual)

Python and Ruby are not languages I’ve played much in but I figured this was a perfect opportunity to see if I could install Jekyll and get it to run right inside my Reclaim Hosting account to remove some of the barriers to using it. And I’m happy to say I was successful! Here’s how it works.

I have long wondered about Jekyll, in part inspired by Kin Lane. I like Tim Owens breakdown of how to use Reclaim Hosting to set this all up using a virtual environment. Also, Ian O’Byrne discusses the use of Jekyll and Github Pages.