Modernizing My Internet Life

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Over the past month or so I’ve done a lot of “modernizing” stuff I’ve been too lazy to take care of over the past few years.

My website is now reactive (at least more than it was before) and uses https. I’m updating my blog more as well.

My personal email to my domain was always configured kinda weirdly. My domain is owned through Godaddy but my site is hosted by Mediatemple, and my DNS zones were pretty convoluted. I’ve got my CNAME back on Godaddy and my email is now going through the Outlook web client (my primary way of accessing my email), so no more dealing with POP or any kind of delay in sending or receiving emails.

I’m desperately trying to stop using Facebook but unfortunately Messenger is a primary way of contacting my friends so I can only deactivate my account rather than delete.

I can now be found on Mastodon. The federated social network is a very interesting idea, and it’s cool to be part of it.

I’m trying to decentralize my online presence from Microsoft services. When I owned my Windows Phone and was using my Surface a lot more I got pretty ingrained into their stuff. Right now I’m paying $10 a month for Microsoft 365. At some point I’d like to build a second computer as a server and run Nextcloud on it, but then I’d be at the mercy of my home internet reliability and keeping it secure and up to date myself. I’d also have to get my Plex server running on it. Right now when I switch over to Windows my Plex server goes down and all my torrents stop seeding. If I had a second computer to host all that stuff I wouldn’t have any issues. I’d also get a ZNC set up on it so I wouldn’t have to pay monthly for IRCCloud.

It’s taken me a long time to do a lot of this simple sounding stuff but the pandemic has spurred some productivity in me.

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