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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 12:59 am

Self-Hosting Milestone

LITTLE more than two years ago we set up a self-hosted album (no Flickr/Facebook/whatever) and have probably proven, in terms of numbers at least, that one does not need to rely on centralised networks that spy on users and treat them like products. This week we pass 300,000 views in our albums and we are planning to publish more albums for many years to come. This is not just a hobby but also a way to preserve one’s memories without relying on services that have little or weak or no long-term commitment to preservation of so-called ‘content’ (that’s how they view photos ‘generated’ by so-called ‘users’).

The so-called ‘cloud’ is a dangerous trap and even this week I experience this because clients and friends foolishly put their blogs or sites on third-party ‘cloud’ services which limit functionality and basically lock people in, giving them no control over the software even if the back end runs Free software.

2 Responses to “Self-Hosting Milestone”

  1. Bob Mottram Says:

    Well done. I hope that more people will host their own stuff in future, and the options for doing that are beginning to get easier.

    Once you start self-hosting it becomes immediately apparent just how little additional value the big well known companies actually provide.

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    They offer a different kind of ‘value’ (security patching etc.), but to them your secrets too are of ‘value’; they sell them, as Facebook does…

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