For anyone who needs the encouragement: I am running much (but not all) of my web presence off an old computer in my parents' networking cabinet.

I've got Git & SSH running there, providing me most of what I want regarding code hosting. Plus I added a CGit web UI for something to link you to.

And I've got nginx serving *several* static websites!

This takes *very* little maintainance and nicely illustrates how peer-to-peer hosting could do away with the need for many Silicon Valley offerings!

@ombres @alcinnz

Indeed, inspiring post about #selfhosting ! Many web sites / web apps require little computing resources to run.

On backups - If my data volume isn’t so high, I’d rent something like a Storage Box and be done with it.

@hhardy01 Yeah, I had trouble setting it up where I'm currently staying. I've had lots of headaches setting up Internet here, and didn't want to add to that!

Old building, thick walls.


> I am running much (but not all) of my web presence off an old computer in my parents' networking cabinet.

Is there a way to do this that doesn't involve your parents?

I have several things (e.g., offsite backups) that I'd prefer not to host at my own location. And I'd gladly provide my own hardware and pay more than I currently pay for a cheap VPS – even if I was just on a residential/small business Internet connection.

But, obliging relatives aside, that doesn't seem to exist

@codesections If I had better Internet, I would host it in my own home. But yeah, that's not a good approach for backups...

I'm not aware of any such "colocation facilities", but I would be surprised if they didn't still exist! I'm sorry I can't be of more help there.

@codesections @alcinnz colocation services are still very much available. The second hand server market is pretty vibrant too.

@alcinnz once you trim out the JS and image fat, locally hosted over low end residential VDSL is still in the top tier of websites in from most places in the world - people often forget just how fast internet has become if you ship what’s needed and not bloat ware.

@alcinnz I do a very similar thing, but with a RPi under my desk in my sleeping room (also still parents house). I am too afraid to use it for everything, but it is pretty close.

@BartG95 For me, I've got *plenty* of computing power in that old Mac Mini I use. For me it's more a question of how much effort I want to put in, versus taking advantage of others' system administration efforts.

@alcinnz For me it is more a problem on how dependent I want to me on myself. I mean, if I get sick, who is going to administer my server? I imagine a situation where I need my server, but I get sick, extremely handicapped, spend weeks in a hospital without access to my server, etc.

This is why I am currently afraid to use it as my main mailserver, since email might be very important in those situations.
Otherwise, things like backups and synchronization are fine, since those are less critical (I could do with some USB sticks).

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