Mokkun's Excellent Adventure


A few years ago, I was convinced by a friend to get a NAS. They showed me how they used it to store his music library and their photos and back up their computers. I don’t do photography, but having my local music library on a server that I could access from any of my devices was very intriguing. And as a bonus, I’d have a backup server for all my computers.

Turns out, these things ain’t cheap. I ended up buying it, initially, with only two disks to limit my costs. After playing with it, I started to see all the possibilities and things I could do with this new toy. There are so many open-source tools that you can self-host.

Need something to track your finances? Self-host it. Media center? Self-host it. E-mail? It may be possible; I wish you good luck! Jokes apart, I’ve moved many of the online services I used, most of them paid, to a self-hosted one. With a little bit of effort, it is not only possible to reduce costs but increase your privacy. You own your data, and that’s something I value a lot.

Here is a list of the things I’m currently self-hosting, and I hope to expand this list soon. I plan to write a post with more details for some of these.

Other tools that are worth mentioning are LanguageTool, wger, Resilio Sync Home, Learning With Texts and ollama-webui.

There’s a lot more I want self-host; here are a few things from the top of my head: blog, books (epub), password manager, SCM (Git, Fossil, etc.), music scrobbler, analytics tool, and so on. If I got you curious, check the Awesome-Selfhosted list to find the right tool for you.

#SelfHosting #OpenSource #NAS #HomeOffice