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In my personal life, I’ve always been the self-hosting kind of person. I think most of my friends are hugely annoyed by having to deal with my refusal to join them on platforms like Slack because I deeply value being in control of my own data.

As an experiment, I want to break out of my comfort zone for a pre-defined period of time (as of now, I decided to give it until the end of December) to find out how the experience differs, and how hard it is to move back to self-hosted solutions once I’m ‘trapped’ in a proprietary eco-system.

I’ve got my use-cases pretty well-covered, but I enjoy broadening my horizon - so I’d be interested in what services the community is using, be it chat applications (Slack, Discord, ..), project management tools / time management stuff (Trello, Taiga, ..), feed readers / read-me-later-organizers (Pocket, ..), filesharing / synchronization (I doubt I can get myself to use Dropbox though.), VCS, .. and so on. Whatever comes to mind, I’d like to know about it.

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    I’d like to turn it around and ask you what you have self-hosted? Always curious what people have chosen. :)

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      (not OP) I’m self-hosting Camlistore for backups (which has been working well so far) and a hacked-together RSS reader (because so many feeds only include a summary and a link to click through).

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        I host my mails (OpenSMTPd as MTA, Dovecot as MDA until the OpenBSD-developers show some mercy and come up with their own implementation of IMAP), my website/s (static placeholder and blog, both via httpd, blog’s Wordpress), instant messaging (XMPP via Prosody, used to run Mattermost for a while), my backups (Arq, to three different physical locations), file synchronisation (recently switched to Nextcloud from ownCloud), torrents (via Transmission - and yes, really not for piracy), .. I’m sure I forgot something.

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        Kerio and gmail for mail, wordpress for blogs, quitter, twitter and facebook for shouting into the formless void, pinboard for recording bookmarks.

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          I long ago gave up on trying to maintain stuff myself, but the impulse is still there. I just recently experimented with dumping IrcCloud and using WeeChat (via Relay) and Pushover for notification (which I found via this very site), but likely changing back shortly, WeeChat Relay clients on Android leave me longing for something better.


          • Slack
          • Discord
          • IrcCloud
          • Gitter


          • Trello
          • Google Keep
          • Google Docs
          • Coogle


          • Github
          • Bitbucket


          • Stripe
          • Braintree


          • Fastmail
          • MailChimp
          • SparkPost


          • Zapier
          • IFTT

          Website Features:

          • Olark
          • Wistia
          • Disgus


          • NewRelic
          • StatHat
          • DNSMadeEasy
          • BackBlaze (B2)
          • Bit.ly


          • Pushover
          • Pinboard
          • LastPass (used the Vault to generate the rest of this list)
          • HelpScout
          • KeyBase
          • TeamViewer

          Woah, I use a lot of 3rd party stuff!

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            I use fastmail (generally like it) and Route53 (only because feature rich anycasted services dont have ‘individual’ plans, and others with smaller plans dont have a considerable anycasted reach. Route53 is the in-between for me)

            Everything else I use is self hosted.