Day 8 in #100DaysToOffload
This will be a more rant-y post than usual. Oh well, there are no rules in #100DaysToOffload anyways. I recently updated to the iOS 14 beta (see some thoughts here) which had a huge change to the home screen and app organization. There is now an “App Library” with all your apps pre-sorted into folders. I did not care for it to much, until I realized that meant you can remove apps from your homescreen, but still have it installed (Android users: I know you guys have had this for...ever? Apple has finally caught up!). I care a lot about how my phone is organized, and this change was a blessing. While I went to remove apps, I came across my “Communication” folder, which in addition to calling (Phone, Linphone, Jitsi Meet, FaceTime, etc.) apps, contained all my “messaging” apps. I stopped for a bit and thought how ridiculous it is with all these apps.
Day 7 in #100DaysToOffload
I am an iOS user, and today Apple released the public betas for iOS. The developer betas have been out for a bit, but I do not posses a developer account. Even if I did, those are developer betas for a reason. I watched WWDC live this year, and I got super excited for iOS 14, and I now can finally try it out and use it. It is almost as good as I imagined.
Day 6 in #100DaysToOffload
Recently, Karan Goel posted a thread about a PGP-alternative for file encryption (that was not Veracrypt which is better suited for drives). He linked an article on why PGP should be phased out (and it should by the way). While we discussed file encryption in that thread, the article also mentioned signify, an awesome alternative to PGP signing.
Day 5 in #100DaysToOffload
I love Nextcloud. Not only does can it be a self-hosted “cloud” storage system, but also has a ton of useful apps to further enhance the experience, and makes it an actual alternative to the Google Suite of apps. Recently I have also been playing with NixOS. As I start to further learn Nix and NixOS, I am pretty confident I will write about its glory. In that future post, and here, one large negative will be mentioned: the lack of documentation/tutorials, especially compared to other distributions. There is the manual and unofficial wiki but much of it is surface-level and/or basic configuration. The manual has a Nextcloud sample configuration, but it even admits it is “very basic.” There is more you must configure to get it to work. I owe a great thanks to the #nixos irc (on Freenode)/Matrix chat for helping me. Without further ado, time to install Nextcloud on NixOS!
Day 4 in #100DaysToOffload
My participation in #100DaysToOffload caused me to think about the purpose of this website. #100DaysToOffload pushes me to write more and utilize it, but is not the reason this site exists. Its purpose is essential to write about. It will initially define how my website “works,” for lack of a better term. Eventually, I will adapt this piece into an “About This Site” page.
Day 3 of #100DaysToOffload
This is something I have wanted to write for a while. Inspiration for this idea came from a blogpost by Kev in October of last year. The question is still relevant, though: Does using a VPS rather than a physical computer you own count as self-hosting? It definitely does count, and can sometimes be more beneficial.
Day 2 of #100DaysToOffload
In the first post on my blog (from February 1, 2020), I praised Keybase and its amazing potential. A lot has changed in those months leading up to this post, including the massive rise in people working and studying from home. Zoom's userbase skyrocketed and so did global attention on the platform, including discoveries of security vulnerabilities. To fix this, Zoom did an acqui-hire of Keybase. I ought to follow-up.
Day 1 of #100DaysToOffload
I have not been very active on my website. Seriously, my first and only post (until now!) was on February 1 this year. After reading through many blogs, especially with the many recent sites about promoting individual's blogs, and Kev Quirk's 100 Days to Offload “Challenge,” I got inspired. Although, I wanted to move blogging platforms.