To have HTTPS running on my server I used the service provided by Let’s Encrypt.
The user interface is familiar and intuitive plus the functionality for sharing files, calendars, contacts, and bookmarks is very useful. I can also share this ownCloud instance with my family and friends by creating separate accounts for them.
I was able to configure Amazon S3 as a source of external storage. I’m also utilising the ownCloud desktop client. The desktop client syncs your ownCloud folders (you can choose which folders to sync) with your computer which makes it very convenient to access and update your ownCloud from your computer.
The Tin Hat is a really interesting website, with lots of tutorials and blog articles regarding privacy and security on the internet. There are some very good articles relating to the Tor and I2P networks.
The Tin Hat website – https://thetinhat.com
Tor hidden service – qza32xuddl3guikc.onion
I2P eepsite – Secure.TheTinHat.i2p
I’ve been having a play with MediaGoblin and this software looks very promising. If like me you feel uncomfortable with the amount of data you are sharing with 3rd parties e.g. Flickr, Dropbox, YouTube etc. then MediaGoblin like ownCloud could be a way forward.
I will admit that installing and getting MediaGoblin working isn’t straight forward but it’s not too hard. I like the idea of sharing my media with friends, family and others without having to also share it with Google, Facebook and Dropbox etc. and of course without all of the advertisements that come along with that.
I’m using the most basic DigitalOcean droplet (512MB memory, 1 core, 20GB SSD) to host my MediaGoblin instance. For the Operating System I’m using Debian 8.
I used the following guides to install and get MediaGoblin working. The official MediaGoblin documentation is very good.
I’ve just finished watching a pretty scary documentary called Terms and Conditions May Apply. It doesn’t necessary tell me something I didn’t already know or at the very least suspected but it still made me feel pretty sick.
I had already begun the process of deleting my data from my social networking accounts and closing them down. After watching this documentary it’s made me more determined to head down this path. The scary thing is my data probably won’t actually be deleted from these companies servers (who knows how long they will retain it for).
This is a must see – I definitely recommend this documentary to everyone.
I have an updated article regarding ownCloud – ownCloud 9
05/08/2014 – I’ve just upgraded to version 7.0.1
Access, sync and share your data on across all of your devices. This is a great piece of open source software. I’m currently running ownCloud 7 on my own server. I can upload documents, video, photos and music and then get access to it anywhere. I can also upload my contacts, website bookmarks, calendar appointments and task lists. Because it’s running on my own server and the software is free (as in freedom ) I don’t have any privacy concerns.