What I'm up to in August 2019

Jason Thai

August

This month has been busy. I have been learning more about self-hosting software and doing some tinkering with them.

Currently I am checking out these 2 subreddits:

These subs give me some motivation of creating my home server to store data and share with families and friends. But that will be the next step as I am using a cloud provider to do my hosting.

What I am hosting:

  • Bitwarden - Opensource password manager. I decided to delete my Lastpass’s account and use a self-hosted Bitwarden instance to manage my passwords. So far so good. I keep my data.
  • Nextcloud - Productivity platform (Gsuite replacement). I use this to sync my files across computers. The platform offers a lot more than just file syncing. I haven’t explored much but it looks promising. Another file syncing alternative is Seafile which people say is more reliable.
  • Plex - Media organizer. I am also exploring hosting my media so I can view them everywhere. Another popular alternative is Jellyfin
  • TT-RSS - RSS feeds
  • Firefly-III - Budget app. I am also trying out this budget app. It is quite different from my YNAB and needs taking used too. So far I am more pleased with the latter one.

If you want to try out these services, let me know and I can give you access to them.

Moving on… I am still reading about finance this month. They are easy to understand and are a nice complement to the ones I read in July. I highly recommend these books.

Finally the biggest news, I am moving this upcoming September! I have been living at my current place for over four years. It suits well for a bachelor who is living alone. Now Vy is here with me, I want us to live someplace bigger and more comfortable. So it is exciting to move yet it is a little bit bittersweet as the current landlords are very nice people. Anyway, looking forward to the new place!